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California rail drama doesn’t raise fears about HART project

The recent blowup between the state of California and the Trump administration over that state’s high-speed rail project does not raise any concerns about the HART project, experts say. Read More

State declares Pali Highway disaster area after landslides

The proclamation is effective immediately and extends through April 22. Read More

New HART subpoena seeks payment records

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation has been served with a new subpoena seeking information about payments made to tenants who were relocated on the rail’s path. Read More

Honolulu’s transit authority receives second grand jury subpoena

A spokesman for the project declined to answer questions about the subpoena this morning but said HART CEO Andrew Robbins would meet with reporters this afternoon. Read More
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Town-bound Pali Highway traffic to be contraflowed as hillside work likely to take months

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The morning contraflow for town-bound commuters will go from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m., while the Kailua-bound lanes will be used for Windward-bound traffic from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Read More
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Federal funds appear to be safe after subpoena, HART CEO says

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Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation was served with a sweeping federal subpoena this week. HART officials said Friday they will provide construction documents for the now estimated $9.2 billion project. Read More
 

Federal subpoena could affect Oahu’s rail funding

Rail officials were hoping the federal government would release more federal funding this month to help finance rail construction. Read More

Feds subpoena Honolulu rail authority for construction documents

The Star-Advertiser reported in December that federal authorities were taking an interest in the project, but it is still unclear exactly what aspect of rail has triggered the investigation. Read More
 

HART’s public-private partnership effort faces more delays

The city’s critically important effort to launch a public-private partnership to complete the Honolulu rail project is running nearly four months behind the schedule mapped out by the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation last year, but the head of the rail authority says the effort is still on track. Read More

Traffic proposals signal stricter safety rules

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell wants state lawmakers to pass two eyebrow-raising traffic safety bills that would force Oahu motorists to slow down and use better judgment. Read More

Kakaako road owner claims state law is full of holes

The state is using an unconstitutional tactic and “half-baked” law to stop the owner of a private road in Kakaako from charging for parking, the owner’s attorney has told the state. Read More

Scathing city audit ignores improvements, HART CEO says

The head of the agency tasked with building the city’s 20-mile rail line said Friday that the findings of a scathing city audit deal primarily with issues that occurred during the project’s infancy, and that major steps have since been underway to correct the deficiencies. Read More

Honolulu rail CEO Andrew Robbins gets $10,000 bonus but no raise after evaluation

The public announcement of the results of Robbins’ evaluation was made at the same meeting that the board unanimously approved a $160 million settlement of a claim filed by contractor Ansaldo Honolulu JV. Read More

State auditor questions Honolulu rail spending on contract hires

The report is the second in a series of four that the auditor is expected to release early this year probing the fiscal management of the rail line, which is under construction and wildly over budget. Read More

Rail delays to cost $160M more

The Honolulu rail authority has tentatively agreed to pay contractor Ansaldo Honolulu JV $160 million as compensation for years of construction delays on the 20-mile rail line. Read More

Honolulu rail authority agrees to pay another $160 million in delay claims

The subject of the latest delay claim settlement is a portion of that agreement under which the city agreed to pay Ansaldo $574 million for the design, construction and delivery of the train-control system and 80 train vehicles. Read More
 

Premature contracts increased rail cost by $354M

Delay claims and change orders increased the cost of the Honolulu rail project by more than $354 million. Read More

Prematurely awarded contracts increased rail cost by $354 million, auditor says

A series of “prematurely” awarded rail contracts doled out to construction companies as early as 2009 prompted delay claims and change orders that increased the cost of the Honolulu rail project by more than $354 million, according to a new report by the Hawaii State Auditor released today. Read More

HART committee tentatively settles $7.5M delay claim

A Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation board committee Thursday recommended approval of a $7.5 million change order to settle a delay claim made by the company hired to build the rail project’s three Waipahu stations. Read More

Loss on rail charter question prompts concerns about community outreach

Oahu voters resoundingly rejected a proposed charter amendment that would have made it easier for the Honolulu rail authority to conduct its business, and one member of the rail board says the election loss was a sign that there is “no public trust in our organization.” Read More

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