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DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                This is the progress of construction of the HART mass transit rail line along Kamehameha Hwy. from Aiea towards Aloha Stadium, as it approaches and is about to cross the Aiea Interchange No. 4 next to the Aiea Cemetery.

10-year tax idea for rail falters

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                This is the progress of construction of the HART mass transit rail line along Kamehameha Hwy. from Aiea towards Aloha Stadium, as it approaches and is about to cross the Aiea Interchange No. 4 next to the Aiea Cemetery.

Updated on  April 26, 2017 at 11:35 pm
Key state lawmakers gathered Wednesday to discuss a new plan to extend the Oahu excise tax surcharge for rail by another 10 years, but it isn’t clear whether the idea has the support it would need to win approval in either the Senate or the House. Read More
STAR-ADVERTISER
                                Taxi package for Allison Travelers wait for ground transportation at the commuter terminal at Honolulu Airport in Honolulu.

Input sought on transit development

STAR-ADVERTISER
                                Taxi package for Allison Travelers wait for ground transportation at the commuter terminal at Honolulu Airport in Honolulu.

Updated on  April 25, 2017 at 10:33 pm
The city is seeking input on its draft plan for transit-oriented development around the three rail stations in the Hono­lulu Airport area, including proposed new mixed-use communities not primarily centered on housing. Read More
STAR-ADVERTISER / NOV. 2012
                                Former Gov. Ben Cayetano took out a full-page ad in Friday’s Washington Post appealing directly to President Donald Trump to halt federal spending on the project.

Cayetano ad asks Trump to halt federal rail funds

STAR-ADVERTISER / NOV. 2012
                                Former Gov. Ben Cayetano took out a full-page ad in Friday’s Washington Post appealing directly to President Donald Trump to halt federal spending on the project.

Updated on  April 21, 2017 at 10:30 pm
With rail’s future uncertain, former Hawaii Gov. Ben Cayetano took out a full-page ad in Friday’s Washington Post appealing directly to President Donald Trump to halt federal spending on the project. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / FEB. 27
                                Senate Ways and Means Chairwoman Jill Tokuda is key to the rail debate because as chairwoman of that committee, she controls appropriations and tax measures in the Senate. It is unclear yet whether the talk of removing her is a genuine reorganization effort or is designed to prod her into supporting more funding for rail.

Sen. Tokuda could face ouster over rail project

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / FEB. 27
                                Senate Ways and Means Chairwoman Jill Tokuda is key to the rail debate because as chairwoman of that committee, she controls appropriations and tax measures in the Senate. It is unclear yet whether the talk of removing her is a genuine reorganization effort or is designed to prod her into supporting more funding for rail.

Updated on  April 22, 2017 at 6:25 pm
The pressure on state lawmakers to provide extra funding to bail out the Honolulu rail project has become so intense that some senators are reportedly lining up votes in a power play that could sideline Senate Ways and Means Chairwoman Jill Tokuda. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / 2011
                                HART board member William “Buzz” Hong has announced he will soon leave the board to join the Honolulu Fire Commission. He has served on the board since its 2011 inception. With his departure, there will be only one original board member remaining.

Rail board votes to take First Hawaiian property

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / 2011
                                HART board member William “Buzz” Hong has announced he will soon leave the board to join the Honolulu Fire Commission. He has served on the board since its 2011 inception. With his departure, there will be only one original board member remaining.

Updated on  April 22, 2017 at 6:46 pm
Honolulu’s rail agency has started the process to acquire a First Hawaiian Bank-owned facility next to Kalihi Stream via eminent domain. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / MARCH 2
                                Mayor Kirk Caldwell presents his Fiscal Year 2018 budget request.

Legislators apply brakes on Caldwell’s money train

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / MARCH 2
                                Mayor Kirk Caldwell presents his Fiscal Year 2018 budget request.

Updated on  April 15, 2017 at 9:29 pm
As the Legislature nears its crunch, key lawmakers are showing signs they finally mean what they say about holding Honolulu rail accountable for incessant mismanagement and budget deficits. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                This is the progress of construction of the HART mass transit rail line station on Farrington Hwy. near Leoole St. in Waipahu.

‘Finish rail but don’t tax more,’ residents say in new poll

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                This is the progress of construction of the HART mass transit rail line station on Farrington Hwy. near Leoole St. in Waipahu.

Updated on  April 16, 2017 at 9:08 am
The latest Hawaii Poll by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser suggests a majority of likely Oahu voters want the city’s rail project to reach Ala Moana Center but are reluctant to pay more taxes to do so. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Rail construction in Kapolei area, near the Makakilo Quarry.

Council budgets to help businesses hurt by rail

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Rail construction in Kapolei area, near the Makakilo Quarry.

Updated on  April 13, 2017 at 12:29 am
A $2 million fund aimed at helping business owners adversely affected by construction of the city’s contentious East Kapolei-to-Ala Moana Center rail project is included in the latest version of the city’s $2.45 billion operating budget. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                House Speaker Joe Souki spoke during a recess Tuesday. House lawmakers easily approved a two-year extension of the excise tax surcharge on Oahu to help bail out the Honolulu rail project, but some charged that Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s warnings about raising property taxes to fund the project amounted to “blackmail.”

House passes rail tax extension

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                House Speaker Joe Souki spoke during a recess Tuesday. House lawmakers easily approved a two-year extension of the excise tax surcharge on Oahu to help bail out the Honolulu rail project, but some charged that Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s warnings about raising property taxes to fund the project amounted to “blackmail.”

Updated on  April 11, 2017 at 10:00 pm
House lawmakers easily approved a two-year extension of the excise tax surcharge on Oahu on Tuesday to help bail out the financially strapped Honolulu rail project, but some charged that Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s dire warnings about raising property taxes to fund rail amount to “threatening” or even “blackmail” of the state Legislature. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                “It’s nowhere near what we’re going to need, obviously, and so we’d have to make up the difference at the city level. And of course, where do we get that money from? It comes out of real property taxes.”
                                Mayor Kirk Caldwell

Mayor eyes property tax for rail’s funding source

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                “It’s nowhere near what we’re going to need, obviously, and so we’d have to make up the difference at the city level. And of course, where do we get that money from? It comes out of real property taxes.”
                                Mayor Kirk Caldwell

Updated on  April 11, 2017 at 7:23 am
Oahu property taxes would need to jump 8 to 14 percent for the city to pay the remaining tab on an East Kapolei-to-Ala Moana rail line if state lawmakers don’t agree to a 10-year extension on the general excise tax surcharge, city officials told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                State Rep. Gene Ward said the evolving estimates for the cost of rail raise critical “trust issues” because the voters would never have approved the project had they known it would cost $10 billion.

Lawmakers vote for 2 more years of rail tax

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                State Rep. Gene Ward said the evolving estimates for the cost of rail raise critical “trust issues” because the voters would never have approved the project had they known it would cost $10 billion.

Updated on  April 6, 2017 at 5:38 am
The House Finance Committee voted late Wednesday night to provide an additional $1.2 billion to financially bail out the Honolulu rail project, but Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said that won’t be enough to get the job done. Read More
COURTESY HONOLULU.GOV
                                To submit feedback on the draft Waipahu action plan, visit honolulu.gov/tod/neighborhood-tod-plans/dpp-tod-waipahu.html.

City proposes 11 projects in draft plan for Waipahu

COURTESY HONOLULU.GOV
                                To submit feedback on the draft Waipahu action plan, visit honolulu.gov/tod/neighborhood-tod-plans/dpp-tod-waipahu.html.

Updated on  March 26, 2017 at 10:13 pm
The city is proposing several short-term projects in Waipahu, some of which are already funded, in an effort to build on existing transit-oriented development plans and to prepare the area for rail’s arrival. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Lawmakers continue to wrestle with a rail-tax extension, with the latest proposal having an open-ended time frame. In the meantime, construction proceeds on the rail in Kapolei near the Makakilo Quarry, the progress shown as of March 8.

Legislators differ on rail-tax extension

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Lawmakers continue to wrestle with a rail-tax extension, with the latest proposal having an open-ended time frame. In the meantime, construction proceeds on the rail in Kapolei near the Makakilo Quarry, the progress shown as of March 8.
A rail-tax extension is back in play at the state Capitol — but the proposal will likely face more tough scrutiny and hurdles in the weeks ahead. Read More
STAR-ADVERTISER / 2016
                                Honolulu’s under-construction rail project, shown here in 2016, could benefit with the helpof the private sector, according to a new study from the nonprofit Ulupono Initiative.

Private investors could help speed rail’s completion, analysis finds

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2016
                                Honolulu’s under-construction rail project, shown here in 2016, could benefit with the helpof the private sector, according to a new study from the nonprofit Ulupono Initiative.

Updated on  March 21, 2017 at 11:23 am
Having the private sector shoulder more of the risk of Honolulu’s stalled rail project might result in a quicker, less costly finish, according to a new report. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The latest $15 million in change orders for Honolulu’s rail system will be covered by the project’s contingency fund, with a reported balance of more than $450 million, officials say.

Change orders totaling $15 million approved for rail

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The latest $15 million in change orders for Honolulu’s rail system will be covered by the project’s contingency fund, with a reported balance of more than $450 million, officials say.

Updated on  March 16, 2017 at 10:54 pm
The Honolulu rail board approved nearly $15 million in additional change orders Thursday — the latest tranche of money to help cover changes to construction contracts that project leaders have said the city issued prematurely. Read More
COURTESY PIXABAY
                                The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) is preparing a recovery plan for the FTA, which is due at the end of April.

FTA rail meeting yields somber options

COURTESY PIXABAY
                                The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) is preparing a recovery plan for the FTA, which is due at the end of April.

Updated on  March 21, 2017 at 12:25 pm
Legislators at the state Capitol are determining how we fund the remaining costs to complete Honolulu’s rail system. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Site of the future Pearl Highlands station where rail passes over Farrington Hwy.

Mainland hui doubts rail schedule, price tag

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Site of the future Pearl Highlands station where rail passes over Farrington Hwy.

Updated on  March 10, 2017 at 1:17 am
A new peer review raises renewed concerns over the Honolulu rail agency’s ability to gauge the true cost and schedule for Oahu’s cash-strapped transit project. Read More
ADAM SPARKS / ASPARKS@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Rail construction near Aloha Stadium on July 26.

Legislation OK’d to deny state a cut of Oahu’s rail tax revenue

ADAM SPARKS / ASPARKS@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Rail construction near Aloha Stadium on July 26.

Updated on  March 7, 2017 at 10:19 pm
The state Senate passed a proposal to deal with Oahu’s troubled transit project Tuesday, but not before several members vented about the city’s handling of rail and called for more accountability. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                This is a view of the progress of construction of the HART mass transit rail line (the overpass on the right) as it crosses the Aiea Interchange No. 4 near the Aiea Cemetery and the Aloha Stadium parking lot.

Legislature is last hope of digging up true rail cost

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                This is a view of the progress of construction of the HART mass transit rail line (the overpass on the right) as it crosses the Aiea Interchange No. 4 near the Aiea Cemetery and the Aloha Stadium parking lot.
With rail at least five years behind schedule and $5 billion over budget, the Legislature is our last hope of playing honest broker by demanding real costs and a sound recovery plan before throwing more good money after bad. Read More
DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                This is the view of the progress of construction of the HART mass transit rail as seen from the Aiea Interchange No. 4 (from Aiea) looking towards the Aloha Stadium parking lot along Kamehameha Highway.

City to offer senators new budget to support rail funding contentions

DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                This is the view of the progress of construction of the HART mass transit rail as seen from the Aiea Interchange No. 4 (from Aiea) looking towards the Aloha Stadium parking lot along Kamehameha Highway.

Updated on  March 1, 2017 at 10:52 pm
As they unveil this year’s budget plan, officials in the mayor’s office largely aim to convince state lawmakers that the city cannot cover the added costs to complete the island’s cash-strapped rail project. Read More

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