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Honolulu rail board approves ‘public-private partnership’ plan for project’s last segment

The so-called “P3” plan calls for the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation to solicit proposals from developers who will finance, design and build the new facilities as well as operate and maintain the entire rail system from Kapolei to Ala Moana for 30 years. Read More

HART dragging its feet on rail audit, Les Kondo says

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation is offering “less than full cooperation” with an audit that was ordered up by state lawmakers of the $9 billion Honolulu rail project, according to Hawaii State Auditor Les Kondo. Read More

Caldwell urges HART, Council to act quickly to satisfy FTA

Mayor Kirk Caldwell on Tuesday urged the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation and the Honolulu City Council to work quickly to respond to demands made by the Federal Transit Authority or risk dire consequences. Read More

Feds tell HART to find extra $134 million for Honolulu rail

Honolulu must increase the official price tag for construction of the 20-mile rail project by another $134 million for the Federal Transit Administration to be satisfied that the city has enough money to complete the project, according to Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation Executive Director Andrew Robbins. Read More

Editorial: Much doubt cast on P3 rail benefit

Rather than leaving Honolulu residents sighing with relief, the idea leaves worrisome questions hanging in the air, about what the city may give up and what, in fact, HART has to offer a potential partner. Read More

Federal transit chief pushes city to move on rail plan

The Federal Transit Administration is pressing the Honolulu City Council to commit $44 million in city funds within the next 60 days to help finance rail construction, and wants the rail authority to finally decide within the next month exactly how it will build the challenging city center segment of the Honolulu rail project. Read More
 

Some businesses and residents are anxious about rail construction in Kalihi-­to-Ala Moana area

Some business operators and residents who attended a Monday night briefing on the arrival of rail construction in the Kalihi-­to-Ala Moana region left feeling anxious about the future. Read More

‘Disruptive’ Middle Street-to-Ala Moana phase of Honolulu rail project moving ahead

The work will include relocation of about 4,000 linear feet of drainage, 6,000 feet of sewer, 9,000 feet of water, 40,000 feet of electrical and 67,000 feet of electrical lines. Read More

Volcanic Ash: Dispute about rail delays puts HART over a barrel

It’s hard to decide what’s worse, the persistent bad news about Oahu’s $9 billion rail project or the city’s unrelenting efforts to put a happy face on the problems. Read More
 

Rail board reaches critical point for public-private partnership plan

The board of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation is nearing a pivotal decision on whether to solicit new partners in the development, operation and maintenance of the city’s 20-mile rail line, a proposal that could eventually involve billions of taxpayer dollars. Read More

Honolulu rail contractor Ansaldo wants compensation for construction delay

The contractor installing the driverless operating system for Honolulu’s 20-mile rail project has filed a “mega-substantial” claim with the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation seeking compensation for construction delays on the project. Read More

Honolulu rail contractor seeks ‘mega-substantial’ settlement over construction delays

HART Executive Director Andrew Robbins declined to say how much money contractor Ansaldo Honolulu Joint Venture is seeking because a settlement is being negotiated. Read More

Rail finances get more funky; governor’s race grows touchy

It’s the last Sunday in July and time to “flASHback” on the month’s news that amused and confused: Read More

Airport signage work to close H-1 westbound offramp

Message boards informing motorists of the closure and detour will be placed throughout the area. Read More

House speaker challenges Ige’s rail tax position

House Speaker Scott Saiki is publicly criticizing Gov. David Ige for saying earlier this month he is “open” to another extension of the half-percent state excise tax to help finance extending the city’s rail project to Manoa. Read More

Luke tells HART board to move rail project mauka

Citing a recent report on rising sea levels, state House Finance Chairwoman Sylvia Luke pressed city transit officials Thursday to consider shifting the route of its planned rail line from Middle Street to King Street and the University of Hawaii instead of through Kakaako to Ala Moana Center. Read More

Consultant raises estimated cost of rail by $134M

The latest report on Honolulu’s troubled rail project by independent consultant Jacobs Engineering Group estimates the project will cost $8.3 billion, about $134 million more than the city’s current forecast, and possibly be fully operational nine months later than has been projected. Read More
 

Honolulu rail’s price tag now estimated at $8.3 billion, up $100 million

Damien Kim, chairman of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, said the new estimate is good news since it’s not much higher than the $8.2 billion that HART has been projecting. Read More

Honolulu City Council voices support for private rail partner

The Honolulu City Council Budget Committee on Wednesday advanced a resolution urging Honolulu’s rail board to seek a private partner to help build the final segment of the 20-mile transit line. Read More

HART moving toward public-private partnership

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation is inching closer toward finding a private partner to help complete the $8.165 billion rail project despite lingering reservations by some HART board members. Read More

Honolulu mayor doesn’t sign rail budget bills

Six budget bills with Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation spending were returned Friday by Mayor Kirk Caldwell without his signature, meaning they will become law without his consent. Read More

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