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Auditor says probe of rail agency raised ‘red flags’

Updated on  August 16, 2017 at 10:42 pm
Honolulu Auditor Edwin Young told City Council members Wednesday that if fraud had occurred at the agency overseeing the troubled East Kapolei-to-Ala Moana Center rail project, there were no mechanisms in place to report the improprieties. Read More

Council committee to take up measure seeking rail audit

Updated on  August 15, 2017 at 11:05 pm
A resolution calling on city Auditor Edwin Young to conduct an economy and efficiency audit of Honolulu’s troubled rail project is to be taken up during a special meeting of the City Council Budget Committee at 9 a.m. today. Read More

House and Senate leaders keep searching for rail funds

Updated on  August 14, 2017 at 10:06 pm
With the special session on rail looming in two weeks, legislators still don’t have a deal. But leaders from both chambers appeared open to raising the state’s hotel room tax to help rescue the beleaguered transit project during a marathon hearing Monday. Read More

First rail land trial ends in condemnation

Updated on  August 12, 2017 at 11:01 pm
On Tuesday, the warehouse that Bryan Hoernig has owned since 2002 became the rail project’s first official casualty of eminent domain. Read More

Different appraisal methods led to $1M gap

Updated on  August 12, 2017 at 10:58 pm
Much of the first rail-condemnation case to go to trial hinged on the testimony of two experienced, local dueling appraisers: Jon Yamaguchi and Steven Chee. Read More

HART job is a return for its new executive

Updated on  August 1, 2017 at 12:26 am
Andrew Robbins was a key member of the Oahu Transit Group that was working on the city’s rail project in the 1990s when it was killed by a Honolulu City Council vote, an outcome he called “a huge disappointment.” Read More

HART board selects new executive director

Updated on  July 31, 2017 at 4:17 pm
The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation has selected Andrew Robbins as the next, permanent executive director to lead the island’s financially challenged rail transit project. Read More

Rail board said to be near to hiring new chief

Updated on  August 3, 2017 at 7:23 pm
The Honolulu rail board is in final talks to hire as its new top executive a rail technology firm manager who once battled the city over its most expensive rail contract, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation. Read More

Update to rail plan is more than 2 years past due

Updated on  July 21, 2017 at 10:16 pm
A federally mandated blueprint that’s supposed to guide completion of the Honolulu rail transit line hasn’t been updated since 2012 — even though local officials pledged to do so by December 2014. Read More

Rail leaders criticized for delaying audit into rising costs

Updated on  July 19, 2017 at 1:41 pm
Honolulu rail leaders are laboring to maintain public confidence in the project, yet their decision to defer an audit that would investigate how its price tag nearly doubled and its schedule got pushed back six years has critics crying foul. Read More

Council OKs $350 million in bond funding for rail

Updated on  July 13, 2017 at 12:08 am
The Honolulu City Council has authorized $350 million in city-backed bonds to keep existing rail work going — a shot of political support for the beleaguered transit project as the Legislature looks to bail it out later this summer. Read More

Legislators announce special session to hash out rail funding

Updated on  July 7, 2017 at 10:24 pm
This past spring, state lawmakers couldn’t reach a funding deal for rail despite devoting considerable time to the conundrum. Their stalemate even helped upend leadership in the Senate. Now the dates are set for them to try again. Read More

Legislators make little headway on settling rail funding

Updated on  July 4, 2017 at 10:28 pm
The clock is ticking, but state lawmakers say they haven’t made much progress yet on a special session that’s supposed to solve the rail crisis. Read More

Handi-Van faces crisis without fare hike, officials say

Updated on  July 2, 2017 at 10:28 pm
For years, city transit officials have struggled to meet Oahu’s demand for Handi-Van service — a demand they say is the highest in the nation per capita. Read More

Blood bank sues over city push to take land for rail

Updated on  June 25, 2017 at 8:58 am
The state’s lone blood supplier is pushing back in court against the city’s efforts to acquire the land fronting its Dillingham Boulevard offices for rail. Read More

Steady hand at HART is latest official to resign

Updated on  June 25, 2017 at 12:55 pm
The agency overseeing the island’s financially troubled rail transit project is losing another key leader. Read More

Rail station strategy proves costly

Updated on  June 22, 2017 at 10:46 pm
In 2015, amid mounting costs, Honolulu rail leaders boasted that their efforts to obtain lower bid prices were paying off. Read More

Special session to tackle rail funding

Updated on  June 20, 2017 at 8:27 am
Lawmakers haven’t yet agreed on the details, but leaders in the state House and Senate announced Monday that they plan to hold a special session this summer to try to resolve their impasse over how to provide more funding for the city’s 20-mile rail project. Read More

State lawmakers vow to hold special session on rail within next 2 months

Updated on  June 19, 2017 at 3:56 pm
Lawmakers haven’t yet agreed on the details, but leaders in the state House and Senate announced today that they plan to hold a special session this summer to try to resolve their impasse over how to provide more funding for the city’s 20-mile rail project. Read More

Deputy sheriffs are ousted from airport security detail

Updated on  June 17, 2017 at 11:17 pm
The state Department of Transportation has ended its agreement with the Department of Public Safety to have deputy sheriffs handle law-enforcement duties at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. Read More