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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

Sharing of traffic center sparks rail discussion

Updated on  June 16, 2017 at 10:22 pm
Honolulu’s mayor used a tour of the island’s future traffic operations center, a city-funded facility that will house state agencies, to push for state leadership to help rescue the city’s massively over-budget rail transit project. Read More

Rail project is expected to bolster low-income housing

Updated on  June 16, 2017 at 12:45 pm
The state agency that manages public housing for low-income Hawaii residents is hoping to add thousands of housing units along the planned Honolulu rail route as the state struggles with a shortage of affordable housing and high rate of homelessness. Read More

Rail work continues with tests for station at airport

Updated on  June 10, 2017 at 7:37 pm
Even amid all of rail’s financial uncertainty, project officials are touting the work that continues to proceed farther east toward town. Read More

Council OKs bonds to keep rail work running

Updated on  June 8, 2017 at 10:23 am
Construction of Honolulu’s beleaguered rail project likely will proceed past January, now that it’s squeaked out a sixth, pivotal City Council vote required to float bonds and help keep the work on track. Read More

Rail hinges on bonds vote today

Updated on  June 7, 2017 at 4:34 pm
The city’s troubled $10 billion rail project faces another critical vote today in the Honolulu City Council. Read More

Rail car tested along elevated guideway

Updated on  May 30, 2017 at 10:43 pm
The public got its first glimpse of a train car moving along Oahu’s partly built elevated guideway Tuesday, as testing began on the vehicle in Leeward Oahu. Read More

Rail officials in bind over blood bank

Updated on  May 27, 2017 at 11:11 am
Rail officials this week struggled to explain why they filed an eminent domain lawsuit against the island’s lone blood supplier but then told city leaders the next day that they didn’t have an update on the matter. Read More

Rail board considers options for current and future costs

Updated on  May 18, 2017 at 10:27 pm
Honolulu rail board members spent much of their Thursday meeting — the first since state lawmakers adjourned without a funding deal — debating how to cover the project’s short-term construction costs. Read More

Former Hawaiian Air exec to join HART board

Updated on  May 18, 2017 at 2:45 pm
Insurance company executive Colbert Matsumoto is leaving the 10-member board overseeing Honolulu’s rail project. Mayor Kirk Caldwell has tapped former Hawaiian Airlines’ executive Hoyt Zia to replace Matsumoto. Read More

State Legislature marred by secrecy, maneuvering and epic fail on rail

Updated on  May 7, 2017 at 9:53 am
It is an odd-numbered year so most voters probably won’t notice or remember, but this was not the finest hour for Hawaii’s elected officials, or for openness in government. Read More

Federal officials consider rail plan

Rail’s federal partners aren’t divulging yet how they’ll respond now that the state Legislature has failed to bail out Honolulu’s financially troubled transit project. Read More

Session ends with no train ticket

Updated on  May 5, 2017 at 1:20 am
A divided state Legislature closed out the turbulent 2017 session and headed home Thursday without approving any bill to provide more funding for rail, but Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said he plans to press lawmakers for a new rail funding agreement that could be ratified in a special session later this year. Read More

Ige scorns special session for rail

Updated on  May 4, 2017 at 9:00 am
Gov. David Ige rejected the notion Wednesday of extending the 2017 legislative session to try to salvage a rail-funding deal, calling it a “waste of time” if state legislators don’t already have an agreement in place. Read More

Tokuda out due to rail, Souki also to lose post

Updated on  May 4, 2017 at 8:58 am
House Speaker Joe Souki and Senate Ways and Means Chairwoman Jill Tokuda are expected to be ousted from their positions of power today in an end-of-session leadership shakeup. Read More

Dueling votes kill rail funding bill

Updated on  May 3, 2017 at 12:31 am
Honolulu’s financially strapped rail project faces an even more uncertain future now that a controversial 11th-hour funding deal has crumbled in the state Legislature. Read More

Fate of rail funding bill in limbo as lawmakers float new proposals

Updated on  May 2, 2017 at 3:43 pm
State House and Senate lawmakers extended their fierce disagreement today over how to bail out the financially strapped Honolulu rail project, with senators proposing to extend the half-percent excise tax surcharge for rail for another decade, and the House rejecting that idea. Read More