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                                To submit feedback on the draft Waipahu action plan, visit honolulu.gov/tod/neighborhood-tod-plans/dpp-tod-waipahu.html.

City proposes 11 projects in draft plan for Waipahu

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                                To submit feedback on the draft Waipahu action plan, visit honolulu.gov/tod/neighborhood-tod-plans/dpp-tod-waipahu.html.

Updated on  March 26, 2017 at 10:13 pm
The city is proposing several short-term projects in Waipahu, some of which are already funded, in an effort to build on existing transit-oriented development plans and to prepare the area for rail’s arrival. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Lawmakers continue to wrestle with a rail-tax extension, with the latest proposal having an open-ended time frame. In the meantime, construction proceeds on the rail in Kapolei near the Makakilo Quarry, the progress shown as of March 8.

Legislators differ on rail-tax extension

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Lawmakers continue to wrestle with a rail-tax extension, with the latest proposal having an open-ended time frame. In the meantime, construction proceeds on the rail in Kapolei near the Makakilo Quarry, the progress shown as of March 8.
A rail-tax extension is back in play at the state Capitol — but the proposal will likely face more tough scrutiny and hurdles in the weeks ahead. Read More
STAR-ADVERTISER / 2016
                                Honolulu’s under-construction rail project, shown here in 2016, could benefit with the helpof the private sector, according to a new study from the nonprofit Ulupono Initiative.

Private investors could help speed rail’s completion, analysis finds

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2016
                                Honolulu’s under-construction rail project, shown here in 2016, could benefit with the helpof the private sector, according to a new study from the nonprofit Ulupono Initiative.

Updated on  March 21, 2017 at 11:23 am
Having the private sector shoulder more of the risk of Honolulu’s stalled rail project might result in a quicker, less costly finish, according to a new report. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The latest $15 million in change orders for Honolulu’s rail system will be covered by the project’s contingency fund, with a reported balance of more than $450 million, officials say.

Change orders totaling $15 million approved for rail

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The latest $15 million in change orders for Honolulu’s rail system will be covered by the project’s contingency fund, with a reported balance of more than $450 million, officials say.

Updated on  March 16, 2017 at 10:54 pm
The Honolulu rail board approved nearly $15 million in additional change orders Thursday — the latest tranche of money to help cover changes to construction contracts that project leaders have said the city issued prematurely. Read More
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                                The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) is preparing a recovery plan for the FTA, which is due at the end of April.

FTA rail meeting yields somber options

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                                The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) is preparing a recovery plan for the FTA, which is due at the end of April.

Updated on  March 21, 2017 at 12:25 pm
Legislators at the state Capitol are determining how we fund the remaining costs to complete Honolulu’s rail system. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Site of the future Pearl Highlands station where rail passes over Farrington Hwy.

Mainland hui doubts rail schedule, price tag

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Site of the future Pearl Highlands station where rail passes over Farrington Hwy.

Updated on  March 10, 2017 at 1:17 am
A new peer review raises renewed concerns over the Honolulu rail agency’s ability to gauge the true cost and schedule for Oahu’s cash-strapped transit project. Read More
ADAM SPARKS / ASPARKS@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Rail construction near Aloha Stadium on July 26.

Legislation OK’d to deny state a cut of Oahu’s rail tax revenue

ADAM SPARKS / ASPARKS@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Rail construction near Aloha Stadium on July 26.

Updated on  March 7, 2017 at 10:19 pm
The state Senate passed a proposal to deal with Oahu’s troubled transit project Tuesday, but not before several members vented about the city’s handling of rail and called for more accountability. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                This is a view of the progress of construction of the HART mass transit rail line (the overpass on the right) as it crosses the Aiea Interchange No. 4 near the Aiea Cemetery and the Aloha Stadium parking lot.

Legislature is last hope of digging up true rail cost

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                This is a view of the progress of construction of the HART mass transit rail line (the overpass on the right) as it crosses the Aiea Interchange No. 4 near the Aiea Cemetery and the Aloha Stadium parking lot.
With rail at least five years behind schedule and $5 billion over budget, the Legislature is our last hope of playing honest broker by demanding real costs and a sound recovery plan before throwing more good money after bad. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                This is the view of the progress of construction of the HART mass transit rail as seen from the Aiea Interchange No. 4 (from Aiea) looking towards the Aloha Stadium parking lot along Kamehameha Highway.

City to offer senators new budget to support rail funding contentions

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                This is the view of the progress of construction of the HART mass transit rail as seen from the Aiea Interchange No. 4 (from Aiea) looking towards the Aloha Stadium parking lot along Kamehameha Highway.

Updated on  March 1, 2017 at 10:52 pm
As they unveil this year’s budget plan, officials in the mayor’s office largely aim to convince state lawmakers that the city cannot cover the added costs to complete the island’s cash-strapped rail project. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Krishniah Murthy, left, interim executive director and CEO of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation; City Councilman Joey Manahan; Mayor Kirk Caldwell; and Councilwoman Kymberly Pine listened to testimony Monday at the state Capitol at a hearing regarding funding for the rail project.

Senators blast city leaders over rail funds

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Krishniah Murthy, left, interim executive director and CEO of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation; City Councilman Joey Manahan; Mayor Kirk Caldwell; and Councilwoman Kymberly Pine listened to testimony Monday at the state Capitol at a hearing regarding funding for the rail project.

Updated on  February 28, 2017 at 12:17 pm
Senate leaders delivered Honolulu’s mayor and those overseeing the city’s troubled rail project a harsh rebuke Monday. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The trio of two-story buildings that make up the Kenrock Buildings complex at 1400 Kapiolani Blvd. is an example of post-World War II modernist architecture.

Transit boom claims another site

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The trio of two-story buildings that make up the Kenrock Buildings complex at 1400 Kapiolani Blvd. is an example of post-World War II modernist architecture.

Updated on  February 23, 2017 at 12:20 am
A wave of high-rise development plans on or near Kapiolani Boulevard close to one end of the city’s envisioned rail line just got bigger with a local developer’s purchase Wednesday of three two-story commercial buildings in the area. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Site of the future Pearl Highlands station where rail passes over Farrington Hwy.

Briefing from feds about rail appears doubtful

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Site of the future Pearl Highlands station where rail passes over Farrington Hwy.

Updated on  February 22, 2017 at 12:43 am
State lawmakers say they’re unlikely to get the briefing they want from the city rail system’s federal partners before they must decide what to do about Oahu’s cash-strapped transit project. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Mayor Kirk Caldwell delivered his fifth State of the City address from Honolulu Hale on Thursday.

Mayor proposes incentives to build more affordable units

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Mayor Kirk Caldwell delivered his fifth State of the City address from Honolulu Hale on Thursday.

Updated on  February 17, 2017 at 1:18 pm
Mayor Kirk Caldwell made his pitch for more affordable housing and finishing the city’s troubled rail project at his fifth State of the City address Thursday evening. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Rail construction snakes between utility poles on Kamehameha Highway. Under the new plan unveiled at Thursday’s Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation board meeting, most of the overhead power lines running along the rail route’s first 11 miles from East Kapolei to Aloha Stadium would stay in place, and HECO crews would work on them using new, specialized trucks and cranes.

Rail project saving $140M on power-line clearance

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Rail construction snakes between utility poles on Kamehameha Highway. Under the new plan unveiled at Thursday’s Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation board meeting, most of the overhead power lines running along the rail route’s first 11 miles from East Kapolei to Aloha Stadium would stay in place, and HECO crews would work on them using new, specialized trucks and cranes.

Updated on  February 17, 2017 at 11:32 am
Local rail officials and Hawaiian Electric Co. say they’ve agreed to a cheaper fix for many of the utility-line clearance problems that have plagued Oahu’s elevated transit project, saving about $140 million. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The start (or end) of HART’s mass transit rail line is in East Kapolei along Kualakai Pkwy.

Rail tax bills progress at Legislature

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The start (or end) of HART’s mass transit rail line is in East Kapolei along Kualakai Pkwy.

Updated on  February 16, 2017 at 4:22 pm
Bills that would extend Oahu’s rail tax easily advanced in both Legislative chambers Wednesday, but the measures now face tougher scrutiny in the House and Senate’s money committees. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The city’s rail line crosses Aiea Interchange No. 4, shown at left near the Aloha Stadium parking lot along Kamehameha Highway.

Plan to give state more rail funds lives

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The city’s rail line crosses Aiea Interchange No. 4, shown at left near the Aloha Stadium parking lot along Kamehameha Highway.

Updated on  February 12, 2017 at 10:51 pm
The contentious proposal to spend a share of Oahu rail tax dollars on state transportation projects is still alive in the state Senate after all. Read More
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                                A rendering from a group of local architects, planners and environmental activists shows what an “at-grade” system might look like on Hotel Street.

Don’t give more money for rail

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                                A rendering from a group of local architects, planners and environmental activists shows what an “at-grade” system might look like on Hotel Street.

Updated on  February 10, 2017 at 6:21 pm
It’s good to hear there is still hope that smarter heads will prevail to avoid the rail disaster lurching on to Honolulu. Read More
STAR-ADVERTISER
                                Sandra Pfund, left, Marc Alexander

Mayor picks transportation, land, housing officials

STAR-ADVERTISER
                                Sandra Pfund, left, Marc Alexander

Updated on  February 9, 2017 at 5:56 pm
Veteran civil and traffic engineer Wes Frysztacki has been picked by Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell to lead the city’s Department of Transportation Services. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Progress on the construction of the rail line as seen from the Moanalua Road highway entrance on Wednesday, just west of Aiea Interchange No. 4 near the Aiea Cemetery, along Kamehameha Highway.

Rail surcharge kickback rejected by senators

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Progress on the construction of the rail line as seen from the Moanalua Road highway entrance on Wednesday, just west of Aiea Interchange No. 4 near the Aiea Cemetery, along Kamehameha Highway.

Updated on  February 7, 2017 at 12:26 pm
Key Hawaii state senators are moving against the deal proposed last week that would extend Oahu’s rail tax in exchange for the city relinquishing a share of those rail dollars to the state for neighbor island projects. Read More
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                                A group of local architects, planners and environmental activists has revived the push for building a street-level light rail system instead of the concrete elevated guideway in urban Honolulu. Members argue the move could save taxpayers between $2.9 billion and $4.2 billion. Pictured here is the group’s rendering of what an “at-grade” system might look like on King Street.

Advocates of ground-level rail pitch their plan to lawmakers

COURTESY URBAN ADVANTAGE / HAWAII’S THOUSAND FRIENDS
                                A group of local architects, planners and environmental activists has revived the push for building a street-level light rail system instead of the concrete elevated guideway in urban Honolulu. Members argue the move could save taxpayers between $2.9 billion and $4.2 billion. Pictured here is the group’s rendering of what an “at-grade” system might look like on King Street.

Updated on  February 5, 2017 at 10:36 am
With rail facing its gravest fiscal crisis yet, a local cadre that once advocated bringing the elevated transit system down to street level in town is reviving that idea — and it’s taking its pitch directly to state lawmakers. Read More

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