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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

Luke tells HART board to move rail project mauka

Citing a recent report on rising sea levels, state House Finance Chairwoman Sylvia Luke pressed city transit officials Thursday to consider shifting the route of its planned rail line from Middle Street to King Street and the University of Hawaii instead of through Kakaako to Ala Moana Center. Read More

Consultant raises estimated cost of rail by $134M

The latest report on Honolulu’s troubled rail project by independent consultant Jacobs Engineering Group estimates the project will cost $8.3 billion, about $134 million more than the city’s current forecast, and possibly be fully operational nine months later than has been projected. Read More

Honolulu rail’s price tag now estimated at $8.3 billion, up $100 million

Damien Kim, chairman of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, said the new estimate is good news since it’s not much higher than the $8.2 billion that HART has been projecting. Read More

Honolulu City Council voices support for private rail partner

The Honolulu City Council Budget Committee on Wednesday advanced a resolution urging Honolulu’s rail board to seek a private partner to help build the final segment of the 20-mile transit line. Read More

HART moving toward public-private partnership

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation is inching closer toward finding a private partner to help complete the $8.165 billion rail project despite lingering reservations by some HART board members. Read More

Honolulu mayor doesn’t sign rail budget bills

Six budget bills with Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation spending were returned Friday by Mayor Kirk Caldwell without his signature, meaning they will become law without his consent. Read More

Road makeover slated for Kipapa Gulch area

The state plans to reconfigure Kamehameha Highway between the Kipapa Stream Bridge and Lanikuhana Avenue with new pavement markings to increase motorist, bicyclist and pedestrian safety as part of a project already underway. Read More

Honolulu airport updating identification signs at gates, baggage claim areas

A new system will soon be implemented to identify gates and baggage claim areas at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport as part of the airport’s modernization plan. Read More

City officials reach agreement on $44M shortfall in rail spending

An impasse between the Honolulu City Council and Mayor Kirk Caldwell over how to plug an estimated $44 million shortfall in the city rail project’s recovery plan apparently has been resolved. Read More

Key HART executive resigns

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation will be looking for its third director of planning, permitting and right of way since November 2016 following the resignation of Abbey Mayer. Read More

Auditor disagrees with HART on rail reimbursements

As work gets underway on a far-reaching audit of the multibillion-dollar rail project, state Auditor Les Kondo warned officials that his office has already identified potential red flags. Read More

Officials torn on how to get rail money

Key city officials Monday assured top brass at the Federal Transit Administration that they are committed to providing the city’s share of funding for the financially strapped rail project. Read More

New charter airline to serve Lanai

Hawaii has a new interisland airline, but it only flies between two islands on demand. Read More

Bikeshare Hawaii expands Biki stations in Kakaako and Waikiki

Bikeshare Hawaii has added two new Biki docking stations, and has expanded four existing ones, in Waikiki and Kakaako. Read More

Oahu rail project not using same process as FIU bridge

Question: The collapse of the Florida International University pedestrian bridge was alarming, more so because it was using a new construction technique designed specifically to minimize traffic disruption to a busy thoroughfare over which it spanned. Is the Honolulu rail guideway being constructed using the same ABC construction method? Read More

Rail project’s safety program gets federal approval

The Federal Transit Administration said Monday that Hawaii has received approval of a key safety program for the rail project ahead of a federal deadline. Read More

Appeals court rejects Kawananakoa’s challenge to rail votes

The Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals this month reaffirmed the dismissal of a lawsuit that sought to invalidate votes cast by certain Honolulu City Council members in support of the city’s rail project. Read More