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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

Rail authority looks to preserve corridor for UH Manoa option

Honolulu rail officials took an initial step Friday toward preserving the option to someday extend the rail line past Ala Moana Center, up to the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Read More

Increase in HART board raises concerns

The board overseeing Hawaii’s largest-ever, multibillion-dollar public works project grew this week by four members — but city and state leaders continue to debate whether that increase was even legal. Read More

Rail costs cast shadow over Blaisdell plan

As the plan to make over the Neal S. Blaisdell Center moves ahead, one prominent state lawmaker continues to question whether the city should tackle that nearly $700 million endeavor before it finishes funding rail. Read More

Lawmakers name 4 finance experts to nonvoting rail board spots

State legislative leaders picked four financial experts to serve on the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation board. Read More

Rail’s ‘Plan B’ not vetted by federal agency

Rail’s federal partners said they never determined whether a scaled-back, less costly alternative to Aloha Tower would have worked instead. Read More

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

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
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Video: Honolulu rail cars go on test run

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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

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