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As rail heads downtown, land deals get tougher

With construction of the city’s rail project working its way from West Oahu into urban Honolulu, rail officials say they may need to condemn portions of more than two dozen private properties from Iwilei through Kakaako to make way for the elevated transit system. Read More

Consultant to explore partnerships for rail’s final stretch


Updated on  December 9, 2017 at 11:09 am
The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation has hired a consultant to study whether public-private partnerships should be used to complete the final stretch of the rail project into urban Honolulu. Read More

9 rail stations’ new Hawaiian names reflect history of sites


Updated on  November 23, 2017 at 7:05 pm
The nine rail stations at the Ewa end of the city’s mass-transit line have been given Hawaiian names that experts say are reflective of ancient place names and legendary sites along the rail route. Read More

HART board delays $18M increase for rail contractor


Updated on  November 20, 2017 at 10:28 pm
The board overseeing Honolulu’s rail project rejected a request by rail staff to increase a key engineering contract by nearly $18 million. Read More

Former rail CEO gets $32,000 bonus pay


Updated on  November 19, 2017 at 12:10 am
The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation board voted Friday to reward its former interim executive director and CEO, Krishniah Murthy, with a $32,000 bonus. Read More

Rail authority looks to preserve corridor for UH Manoa option


Updated on  November 18, 2017 at 12:36 am
Honolulu rail officials took an initial step Friday toward preserving the option to someday extend the rail line past Ala Moana Center, up to the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Read More
 

Increase in HART board raises concerns


Updated on  November 10, 2017 at 10:34 pm
The board overseeing Hawaii’s largest-ever, multibillion-dollar public works project grew this week by four members — but city and state leaders continue to debate whether that increase was even legal. Read More

Rail costs cast shadow over Blaisdell plan


Updated on  November 9, 2017 at 11:09 am
As the plan to make over the Neal S. Blaisdell Center moves ahead, one prominent state lawmaker continues to question whether the city should tackle that nearly $700 million endeavor before it finishes funding rail. Read More

Lawmakers name 4 finance experts to nonvoting rail board spots


Updated on  October 26, 2017 at 12:42 am
State legislative leaders picked four financial experts to serve on the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation board. Read More
 

Rail’s ‘Plan B’ not vetted by federal agency


Updated on  October 22, 2017 at 10:12 pm
Rail’s federal partners said they never determined whether a scaled-back, less costly alternative to Aloha Tower would have worked instead. Read More

Rail watchdog ‘not confident’ $8.2B price tag to remain fixed


Updated on  October 19, 2017 at 10:33 pm
In its most recent report, the federal contractor overseeing Honolulu rail says it is “not confident” the project’s total construction price tag will remain at $8.2 billion. Read More

Video: Honolulu rail cars go on test run


Updated on  October 18, 2017 at 5:46 pm
Local transit officials have released footage of Honolulu’s rail cars running under their own power for the first time on the elevated guideway. Read More

Counties urge Legislature to open meetings


Updated on  October 7, 2017 at 10:40 pm
Unhappiness with the recent special session to bail out the Honolulu rail project has prompted all three neighbor island county councils to advance resolutions urging the Hawaii Legislature to finally comply with the state’s Sunshine Law. Read More

Council approves rail recovery plan


Updated on  October 6, 2017 at 10:27 pm
The City Council approved the rail recovery plan this week, making it more likely that property tax dollars will help fund project construction despite earlier assurances those dollars would not be used. Read More

ROC comes alive as the rail system’s brain and belly


Updated on  October 10, 2017 at 4:03 pm
So much about the rail system now snaking along its 20-mile route lies below the surface. Read More

Rough track ahead for rail


Updated on  October 10, 2017 at 4:01 pm
The Rail Operations Center (ROC) in Pearl City looks almost ready to roll, but don’t forget: The rail alignment itself is only up halfway through its 20-mile finished length. Read More

Rail officials confident about strength of new plan


Updated on  September 20, 2017 at 2:59 pm
In the only recovery plan they ever hope to write, Honolulu rail officials say it’s “realistic and achievable” to build the full line to Ala Moana Center with the $9 billion total they now expect to receive. Read More

City bond sale includes $350M for rail


Updated on  September 19, 2017 at 12:34 am
The city announced last week it has sold $767 million in general obligation bonds, including $350 million that the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation deemed significant to keep construction going for the 20-mile, East Kapolei-to-Ala Moana project. Read More

Rail plan sent to FTA after a year of delay


Updated on  September 20, 2017 at 7:16 pm
The fourth time’s the charm. Read More

City fails to pay for land it took for rail


Updated on  September 15, 2017 at 10:12 pm
A month after local business Honolulu Hardwoods became the first official casualty of rail eminent domain, the city has missed the deadline to pay its owner the balance he’s owed. Read More

Rail officials start over on selecting builder for last stretch

Honolulu officials recently canceled their long-stalled effort to award the construction contract for rail’s final 4.3 miles and eight stations into town, opting to start over instead. Read More

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