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Council approves rail recovery plan

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

So much about the rail system now snaking along its 20-mile route lies below the surface. Read More

Rough track ahead for rail

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

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

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

The fourth time’s the charm. Read More

City fails to pay for land it took for rail

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

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

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

Council finalizes extension of GET surcharge to cover rail shortfall

The Honolulu City Council voted 8-0-1 today to extend the island’s 0.5 percent general excise tax surcharge funding rail another three years to 2030. Read More

Rail bailout forever weds state to project

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Caldwell is accused of padding rail budget

With hostilities escalating over rail this week, state lawmakers are accusing Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell and city leaders of “padding the budget” with an 11th-hour increase to their estimated costs that could derail the project. Read More

Rail deal spreads accountability

State lawmakers announced their new plan Thursday to raise $2.37 billion to bail out the city’s financially troubled rail project, but Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell warned the money is “not sufficient” to cover the budget shortfall for rail. Read More

Legislators make Caldwell a ‘take-it-or-leave-it’ offer

The ongoing friction between several state lawmakers and Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell is a key subplot in the drama playing out this week in the Legislature as it decides whether, and how, to raise the money to bail out the city’s financially strapped rail project. Read More