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Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation

Report: Rail Could Save Big With Private Financing Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Report: Rail Could Save Big With Private Financing

The report, commissioned by the Ulupono Initiative, suggests a new kind of contracting for finishing the troubled project

Experts Tell Honolulu Rail What Needs To Be Fixed Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Experts Tell Honolulu Rail What Needs To Be Fixed

Despite meeting “best practices” in several areas, the project has room for improvement in others, panel finds.

UH Report: State’s Cut Of Honolulu Rail Tax ‘Exorbitant’ Anthony Quintano / Civil Beat

UH Report: State’s Cut Of Honolulu Rail Tax ‘Exorbitant’

The report by the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization says the so-called “skim” is far in excess of the state’s actual costs

Senate Leader Opposes Fast-Tracking Honolulu Rail Bill Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Senate Leader Opposes Fast-Tracking Honolulu Rail Bill

Despite a federal deadline, Ways and Means Chair Jill Tokuda said the Legislature must dedicate time to hearing from the public.

$9.5 Billion For Honolulu Rail? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

$9.5 Billion For Honolulu Rail?

It’s the financial terms of the project that could drive the cost up. Those elements are still unknown.

HART Board Gets New Chair Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HART Board Gets New Chair

Damien Kim has been on the board since it was created, and most recently was vice chair.

Formby Would Serve As Hanabusa’s Chief of Staff In Congress Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Formby Would Serve As Hanabusa’s Chief of Staff In Congress

He’d be returning to federal service after working as a lawyer, city transportation director and HART interim director.

Nohara Appointed To Rail Board Anthony Quintano / Civil Beat

Nohara Appointed To Rail Board

He will replace Colleen Hanabusa, who expected to win a seat in Congress in the upcoming election.

Honolulu Tries To Buy Even More Time To Come Up With Rail Plan Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Tries To Buy Even More Time To Come Up With Rail Plan

The federal government may extend the deadline for a final recovery plan until mid-2017.
HART Raises Estimate For Total Cost Of Rail To $8.6 Billion Ryan Ozawa

HART Raises Estimate For Total Cost Of Rail To $8.6 Billion

At that price, there's a funding gap of $1.8 billion. Meanwhile, the completion date has been moved back to December 2025.
Djou: No Tax Increase For Honolulu Rail — Yet Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat

Djou: No Tax Increase For Honolulu Rail — Yet

The mayoral challenger says he wants to explore other options before considering whether to extend the tax that goes to pay for rail.
Feds To Honolulu: Finish Rail Route Or Give Us Back Our Money Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Feds To Honolulu: Finish Rail Route Or Give Us Back Our Money

The city now has no choice but to ask the Legislature for more help with the rail project, says Council Chair Ernie Martin.
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