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Column: HART committed to finish 20-mile rail

In recent weeks, there have been several headlines concerning Honolulu’s rail project. Read More

Contractors submit their proposals for the final leg of the Honolulu rail project line

The city has received submittals from companies interested in building the final segment of the 20-mile Hono­lulu rail project, which means the procurement process will advance to the next step. Read More
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Feds continue withholding $744M in Honolulu rail funding, demand more answers on costs

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Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation Executive Director Andrew Robbins said he plans to meet with officials from the FTA this month to try to convince them that there is no need to step up the pace of the city’s contributions. Read More

Closed-off portion of Kauai’s Kuhio Highway slated to reopen next month

Access to Kauai’s north shore communities at the gateway to the popular Napali Coast State Wilderness Park and Kalalau Trail is expected to be restored May 1 when the state Department of Transportation reopens a stretch of Kuhio Highway that has been closed about a year. Read More

Solvent contamination delays rail work

The discovery of contamination from an industrial solvent in a monitoring well near the Honolulu airport halted drilling for columns on a segment of the Honolulu rail project for more than three months, according to the rail authority. Read More

Honolulu rail authority might earmark $5M for contract bidders

The Honolulu rail authority is considering handing out up to $5 million in stipends for bidders that compete for a contract for a public-private partnership to build the last 4.1 miles of rail line into the city center. Read More
 

State adds third pickup spot for ride-hailing companies at Honolulu airport

State transportation officials have added another pickup spot for ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu, starting Tuesday. Read More

Lee Cataluna: Rail problems big enough to impress the big guys

As the cranes and concrete pillars move closer to the airport, closer to the real ugly, expensive work of tearing through the heart of urban Honolulu, it’s pretty hard for the people in the middle to keep the faith. Read More

Honolulu’s rail cars fail fire testing

A sample from one of the rail cars being produced for Honolulu’s $9.2 billion transit project failed roof and floor fire testing in Texas last month, but the manufacturer plans to conduct new tests in Italy in May to determine whether the first results were valid. Read More
 

Federal inspector inquires about Honolulu rail concerns raised in whistleblower suit

The Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Transportation is inquiring about claims by a former quality manager for a Honolulu rail contractor who alleges he was fired last year after he complained about flaws in construction of columns and shafts that support the airport segment of the rail line. Read More

Federal investigation, funding issues increase risk for rail bidders

Getting companies on board for a public-private partnership could be a challenge given the uncertainty surrounding a federal investigation and funding issues, observers say. Read More

State won’t pay Honolulu rail invoices subject to subpoena by feds

The state has warned the Honolulu rail authority that it will not release funding for invoices that are being scrutinized by the federal government as part of the ongoing federal investigation of the city rail project, according to state Comptroller Curt Otaguro. Read More

Several weeks of Kapiolani roadwork planned

Drivers may want to avoid a busy stretch of Kapiolani Boulevard from Ward to University avenues as roadwork begins next week through early May. Read More

Honolulu Council formally calls for forensic audit of rail

A statement calling for an independent forensic audit of the city’s $9.2 billion rail project was adopted unanimously Friday by the Honolulu City Council. Read More

Hawaii infrastructure graded a D+ in new report

Hawaii’s infrastructure received an overall grade of “D+” for 11 categories reviewed by the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Hawaii Section in its inaugural report released today. Read More
 

As competition heats up, Hawaiian Airlines rewards employees for 2018 performance

The payout, which went to 7,100 employees, represents more than 11 percent of Hawaiian’s adjusted net income of $274.8 million last year. Read More

Pali Highway repair and rockfall mitigation work to continue until August

Repair and rockfall mitigation work on Pali Highway will continue until August, meaning continued traffic disruptions to Windward Oahu commuters, state Department of Transportation officials said today. Read More

Rail forensic audit to advance after all

The Honolulu City Council on Friday will likely take the first steps toward a forensic audit of the city’s over-budget rail project. Read More

Lawmakers aim to scale back state scrutiny of rail

House lawmakers gave preliminary approval Tuesday to bills that scale back the role of the Hawaii State Auditor in overseeing the Honolulu rail project, which is now the subject of a federal investigation. Read More

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