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Rail watchdog ‘not confident’ $8.2B price tag to remain fixed

Updated on  October 19, 2017 at 10:33 pm
In its most recent report, the federal contractor overseeing Honolulu rail says it is “not confident” the project’s total construction price tag will remain at $8.2 billion. Read More

Video: Honolulu rail cars go on test run

Updated on  October 18, 2017 at 5:46 pm
Local transit officials have released footage of Honolulu’s rail cars running under their own power for the first time on the elevated guideway. Read More

Counties urge Legislature to open meetings

Updated on  October 7, 2017 at 10:40 pm
Unhappiness with the recent special session to bail out the Honolulu rail project has prompted all three neighbor island county councils to advance resolutions urging the Hawaii Legislature to finally comply with the state’s Sunshine Law. Read More

Council approves rail recovery plan

Updated on  October 6, 2017 at 10:27 pm
The City Council approved the rail recovery plan this week, making it more likely that property tax dollars will help fund project construction despite earlier assurances those dollars would not be used. Read More

ROC comes alive as the rail system’s brain and belly

Updated on  October 10, 2017 at 4:03 pm
So much about the rail system now snaking along its 20-mile route lies below the surface. Read More

Rough track ahead for rail

Updated on  October 10, 2017 at 4:01 pm
The Rail Operations Center (ROC) in Pearl City looks almost ready to roll, but don’t forget: The rail alignment itself is only up halfway through its 20-mile finished length. Read More

Rail officials confident about strength of new plan

Updated on  September 20, 2017 at 2:59 pm
In the only recovery plan they ever hope to write, Honolulu rail officials say it’s “realistic and achievable” to build the full line to Ala Moana Center with the $9 billion total they now expect to receive. Read More

City bond sale includes $350M for rail

Updated on  September 19, 2017 at 12:34 am
The city announced last week it has sold $767 million in general obligation bonds, including $350 million that the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation deemed significant to keep construction going for the 20-mile, East Kapolei-to-Ala Moana project. Read More

Rail plan sent to FTA after a year of delay

Updated on  September 20, 2017 at 7:16 pm
The fourth time’s the charm. Read More

City fails to pay for land it took for rail

Updated on  September 15, 2017 at 10:12 pm
A month after local business Honolulu Hardwoods became the first official casualty of rail eminent domain, the city has missed the deadline to pay its owner the balance he’s owed. Read More

Rail officials start over on selecting builder for last stretch

Honolulu officials recently canceled their long-stalled effort to award the construction contract for rail’s final 4.3 miles and eight stations into town, opting to start over instead. Read More

Ige signs bill giving state added control over rail

Updated on  September 6, 2017 at 12:56 pm
With the stroke of a pen, Honolulu’s rail line no longer appears stalled at Middle Street. Read More

Rail vote could cost House leader her post

Updated on  September 6, 2017 at 8:20 am
Newly appointed House Majority Leader Cindy Evans of Hawaii island could lose her leadership role in a bit of collateral damage from the Honolulu rail controversy. Read More

Rail bailout forever weds state to project

Updated on  September 3, 2017 at 12:29 am
Mayor Kirk Caldwell emerged from last week’s special session of the state Legislature with some political scrapes and bruises, another $2.37 billion in taxpayer money to help complete the 20-mile rail line, and a powerful new partner. Read More

$2.4B rail bailout bill goes to the governor for approval

Updated on  September 2, 2017 at 12:23 am
Four months after their initial efforts collapsed, state House and Senate majorities have swiftly passed a $2.4 billion funding deal, hoping it will finally be enough to get rail all the way to Ala Moana Center. Read More

House poised to OK rail bailout today

Updated on  August 31, 2017 at 11:12 pm
Based on a procedural voice vote Thursday, rail’s controversial bailout bill appears poised to easily pass the House today. Read More

Senate approves rail bill in 16-9 vote

Updated on  August 30, 2017 at 11:25 pm
The latest bill to bail out Honolulu’s woefully over-budget rail transit project has cleared another key hurdle, with the state Senate advancing the measure to the House, where it’s expected to pass handily. Read More

Vote shows support is strong for rail bill

Updated on  August 29, 2017 at 10:38 pm
A package of state tax hikes to bail out the city’s beleaguered rail project appears poised to clear its last major hurdle with a full Senate vote today before moving over to the House. Read More

Rail deal survives first vote in special session

Updated on  August 28, 2017 at 10:50 pm
Senate Bill 4, the vehicle that looks to bail out rail with a $2.4 billion funding deal, narrowly passed the Senate’s Ways and Means Committee Monday. Read More

Neighbor isle leaders protest tax hike for rail

Updated on  August 26, 2017 at 10:31 pm
Some neighbor island lawmakers are agitating against plans to increase the hotel room tax statewide to pump more money into Honolulu’s financially troubled rail project, and their resistance could jeopardize what is expected to be a close vote in the state Senate this week on a multibillion-dollar rail bailout package. Read More