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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

Hawaiian Airlines says profit-sharing payout nearly $24M for 2017

Hawaiian Airlines announced today that its employees were awarded $23.8 million as part of the company’s profit sharing, its largest annual payment ever. Read More
 

NTSB’s initial probe finds likely cause of engine blowout on United flight to Hawaii

A fan blade separated from the right engine of United Airlines Flight 1175 before the engine cover broke off, forcing the jet to make an emergency landing in Honolulu on Feb. 13, according to a preliminary investigation. Read More

City vows to protect inspectors from harassment after ride-hailing driver’s ‘rowdy’ video

An Uber and Lyft driver’s treatment of city inspectors of ride-hailing cars has prompted the city’s director of Customer Service to send an email asserting that harassment by drivers won’t be tolerated. Read More

Caldwell’s use of bond money for rail administrative costs is questioned

Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s plan to use city money to pay a share of the cash-strapped East Kapolei-to-Ala Moana rail project is already raising objections from at least two members of the City Council. Read More

5 plans to take rail past Ala Moana face a host of obstacles

Conceptual plans showing how Honolulu’s rail project could extend beyond Ala Moana Center to the University of Hawaii in Manoa suggest that any future extension could tremendously alter the shopping center and other properties in the Kapiolani district. Read More

HART will forgo $3.8M worth of future reimbursements for overpaid land

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation on Thursday admitted that it may have overpaid for relocating people in the path of the Kapolei-to-Ala Moana rail line and violated a federal relocations law in the process. Read More

Tantalus crash sparks effort to curb racing

The city Department of Transportation Services plans to meet with the community to discuss ways to combat racing and drifting on Tantalus Drive in the wake of a crash that left a champion triathlete with severe injuries after a car racing up the road slammed into her. Read More

HART board defers decision to give HECO $20M to purchase special trucks

The board in charge of the city’s $8 billion-plus rail project decided Wednesday night to hold off approving $20.3 million in change orders for Hawaiian Electric Co. to purchase 15 specialized vehicles to deal with ongoing utility-line clearance issues. Read More

As rail heads downtown, land deals get tougher

With construction of the city’s rail project working its way from West Oahu into urban Honolulu, rail officials say they may need to condemn portions of more than two dozen private properties from Iwilei through Kakaako to make way for the elevated transit system. Read More

Consultant to explore partnerships for rail’s final stretch

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation has hired a consultant to study whether public-private partnerships should be used to complete the final stretch of the rail project into urban Honolulu. Read More

9 rail stations’ new Hawaiian names reflect history of sites

The nine rail stations at the Ewa end of the city’s mass-transit line have been given Hawaiian names that experts say are reflective of ancient place names and legendary sites along the rail route. Read More

HART board delays $18M increase for rail contractor

The board overseeing Honolulu’s rail project rejected a request by rail staff to increase a key engineering contract by nearly $18 million. Read More

Former rail CEO gets $32,000 bonus pay

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation board voted Friday to reward its former interim executive director and CEO, Krishniah Murthy, with a $32,000 bonus. Read More

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