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City Council schedules meetings to fund rail

The Honolulu City Council is forming a special committee and scheduling a series of meetings later this month to deliver $44 million to the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Trans­portation as requested by the Federal Transit Administration. Read More

Volcanic Ash: P3 plan to shift rail costs burdens future generations

For those having trouble understanding the city’s scheme to finish the grossly over-budget rail project with a public-private partnership, perhaps it would help to think of it by another name: Kick the Can Down the Road. Read More

City can’t meet FTA deadline for rail funds

The city cannot meet a Federal Transit Administration deadline to provide $44 million to help fund construction of the Honolulu rail project, and Mayor Kirk Caldwell says he plans to ask for an extension. Read More

On Politics: Private-public partnership on rail to take generations of Oahu taxpayers on wild ride

Here’s some advice for your grandchildren: Start practicing saying “Who elected you?” because they will be hollering that 20 or 30 years down the road. Read More

Auditor says rail authority not fully cooperating with probe

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation is offering “less than full cooperation” with an audit of the $9 billion Honolulu rail project that was ordered by state lawmakers, according to Hawaii State Auditor Les Kondo. Read More

HART approves private partnership

The Honolulu rail authority on Thursday approved plans to use a “public-private partnership” approach to develop the last portion of the 20-mile rail project and the planned Pearl Highlands Transit Center and garage, which together are expected to cost about $1.4 billion to build. Read More
 

Honolulu rail board approves ‘public-private partnership’ plan for project’s last segment

The so-called “P3” plan calls for the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation to solicit proposals from developers who will finance, design and build the new facilities as well as operate and maintain the entire rail system from Kapolei to Ala Moana for 30 years. Read More

HART dragging its feet on rail audit, Les Kondo says

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation is offering “less than full cooperation” with an audit that was ordered up by state lawmakers of the $9 billion Honolulu rail project, according to Hawaii State Auditor Les Kondo. Read More

Caldwell urges HART, Council to act quickly to satisfy FTA

Mayor Kirk Caldwell on Tuesday urged the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation and the Honolulu City Council to work quickly to respond to demands made by the Federal Transit Authority or risk dire consequences. Read More
 

Feds tell HART to find extra $134 million for Honolulu rail

Honolulu must increase the official price tag for construction of the 20-mile rail project by another $134 million for the Federal Transit Administration to be satisfied that the city has enough money to complete the project, according to Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation Executive Director Andrew Robbins. Read More

Editorial: Much doubt cast on P3 rail benefit

Rather than leaving Honolulu residents sighing with relief, the idea leaves worrisome questions hanging in the air, about what the city may give up and what, in fact, HART has to offer a potential partner. Read More

Federal transit chief pushes city to move on rail plan

The Federal Transit Administration is pressing the Honolulu City Council to commit $44 million in city funds within the next 60 days to help finance rail construction, and wants the rail authority to finally decide within the next month exactly how it will build the challenging city center segment of the Honolulu rail project. Read More

Some businesses and residents are anxious about rail construction in Kalihi-­to-Ala Moana area

Some business operators and residents who attended a Monday night briefing on the arrival of rail construction in the Kalihi-­to-Ala Moana region left feeling anxious about the future. Read More

‘Disruptive’ Middle Street-to-Ala Moana phase of Honolulu rail project moving ahead

The work will include relocation of about 4,000 linear feet of drainage, 6,000 feet of sewer, 9,000 feet of water, 40,000 feet of electrical and 67,000 feet of electrical lines. Read More

Volcanic Ash: Dispute about rail delays puts HART over a barrel

It’s hard to decide what’s worse, the persistent bad news about Oahu’s $9 billion rail project or the city’s unrelenting efforts to put a happy face on the problems. Read More

Rail board reaches critical point for public-private partnership plan

The board of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation is nearing a pivotal decision on whether to solicit new partners in the development, operation and maintenance of the city’s 20-mile rail line, a proposal that could eventually involve billions of taxpayer dollars. Read More

Honolulu rail contractor Ansaldo wants compensation for construction delay

The contractor installing the driverless operating system for Honolulu’s 20-mile rail project has filed a “mega-substantial” claim with the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation seeking compensation for construction delays on the project. Read More

Honolulu rail contractor seeks ‘mega-substantial’ settlement over construction delays

HART Executive Director Andrew Robbins declined to say how much money contractor Ansaldo Honolulu Joint Venture is seeking because a settlement is being negotiated. Read More

Rail finances get more funky; governor’s race grows touchy

It’s the last Sunday in July and time to “flASHback” on the month’s news that amused and confused: Read More

Airport signage work to close H-1 westbound offramp

Message boards informing motorists of the closure and detour will be placed throughout the area. Read More

House speaker challenges Ige’s rail tax position

House Speaker Scott Saiki is publicly criticizing Gov. David Ige for saying earlier this month he is “open” to another extension of the half-percent state excise tax to help finance extending the city’s rail project to Manoa. Read More

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