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First rail land trial ends in condemnation


Updated on  August 12, 2017 at 11:01 pm
On Tuesday, the warehouse that Bryan Hoernig has owned since 2002 became the rail project’s first official casualty of eminent domain. Read More

Different appraisal methods led to $1M gap


Updated on  August 12, 2017 at 10:58 pm
Much of the first rail-condemnation case to go to trial hinged on the testimony of two experienced, local dueling appraisers: Jon Yamaguchi and Steven Chee. Read More

HART job is a return for its new executive


Updated on  August 1, 2017 at 12:26 am
Andrew Robbins was a key member of the Oahu Transit Group that was working on the city’s rail project in the 1990s when it was killed by a Honolulu City Council vote, an outcome he called “a huge disappointment.” Read More

HART board selects new executive director


Updated on  July 31, 2017 at 4:17 pm
The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation has selected Andrew Robbins as the next, permanent executive director to lead the island’s financially challenged rail transit project. Read More

Rail board said to be near to hiring new chief


Updated on  August 3, 2017 at 7:23 pm
The Honolulu rail board is in final talks to hire as its new top executive a rail technology firm manager who once battled the city over its most expensive rail contract, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation. Read More

Update to rail plan is more than 2 years past due


Updated on  July 21, 2017 at 10:16 pm
A federally mandated blueprint that’s supposed to guide completion of the Honolulu rail transit line hasn’t been updated since 2012 — even though local officials pledged to do so by December 2014. Read More
 

Rail leaders criticized for delaying audit into rising costs


Updated on  July 19, 2017 at 1:41 pm
Honolulu rail leaders are laboring to maintain public confidence in the project, yet their decision to defer an audit that would investigate how its price tag nearly doubled and its schedule got pushed back six years has critics crying foul. Read More

Council OKs $350 million in bond funding for rail


Updated on  July 13, 2017 at 12:08 am
The Honolulu City Council has authorized $350 million in city-backed bonds to keep existing rail work going — a shot of political support for the beleaguered transit project as the Legislature looks to bail it out later this summer. Read More

Legislators announce special session to hash out rail funding


Updated on  July 7, 2017 at 10:24 pm
This past spring, state lawmakers couldn’t reach a funding deal for rail despite devoting considerable time to the conundrum. Their stalemate even helped upend leadership in the Senate. Now the dates are set for them to try again. Read More
 

Legislators make little headway on settling rail funding


Updated on  July 4, 2017 at 10:28 pm
The clock is ticking, but state lawmakers say they haven’t made much progress yet on a special session that’s supposed to solve the rail crisis. Read More

Handi-Van faces crisis without fare hike, officials say


Updated on  July 2, 2017 at 10:28 pm
For years, city transit officials have struggled to meet Oahu’s demand for Handi-Van service — a demand they say is the highest in the nation per capita. Read More

Blood bank sues over city push to take land for rail


Updated on  June 25, 2017 at 8:58 am
The state’s lone blood supplier is pushing back in court against the city’s efforts to acquire the land fronting its Dillingham Boulevard offices for rail. Read More

Steady hand at HART is latest official to resign


Updated on  June 25, 2017 at 12:55 pm
The agency overseeing the island’s financially troubled rail transit project is losing another key leader. Read More

Rail station strategy proves costly


Updated on  June 22, 2017 at 10:46 pm
In 2015, amid mounting costs, Honolulu rail leaders boasted that their efforts to obtain lower bid prices were paying off. Read More

Special session to tackle rail funding


Updated on  June 20, 2017 at 8:27 am
Lawmakers haven’t yet agreed on the details, but leaders in the state House and Senate announced Monday that they plan to hold a special session this summer to try to resolve their impasse over how to provide more funding for the city’s 20-mile rail project. Read More

State lawmakers vow to hold special session on rail within next 2 months


Updated on  June 19, 2017 at 3:56 pm
Lawmakers haven’t yet agreed on the details, but leaders in the state House and Senate announced today that they plan to hold a special session this summer to try to resolve their impasse over how to provide more funding for the city’s 20-mile rail project. Read More

Deputy sheriffs are ousted from airport security detail


Updated on  June 17, 2017 at 11:17 pm
The state Department of Transportation has ended its agreement with the Department of Public Safety to have deputy sheriffs handle law-enforcement duties at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. Read More

Sharing of traffic center sparks rail discussion


Updated on  June 16, 2017 at 10:22 pm
Honolulu’s mayor used a tour of the island’s future traffic operations center, a city-funded facility that will house state agencies, to push for state leadership to help rescue the city’s massively over-budget rail transit project. Read More

Rail project is expected to bolster low-income housing


Updated on  June 16, 2017 at 12:45 pm
The state agency that manages public housing for low-income Hawaii residents is hoping to add thousands of housing units along the planned Honolulu rail route as the state struggles with a shortage of affordable housing and high rate of homelessness. Read More

Rail work continues with tests for station at airport


Updated on  June 10, 2017 at 7:37 pm
Even amid all of rail’s financial uncertainty, project officials are touting the work that continues to proceed farther east toward town. Read More

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