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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.

Grabauskas Resigns As HART Executive Director Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Grabauskas Resigns As HART Executive Director

UPDATED: The CEO of the agency overseeing Honolulu’s beleaguered rail project steps down after an executive session of the HART board.

Take A Ride On The Honolulu Rail Route Alternatives Anthony Quintano / Civil Beat

Take A Ride On The Honolulu Rail Route Alternatives

There’s more than one way to get from Kapolei to Ala Moana. With the click of your mouse, you can check out the various options.

How Will Honolulu’s Next Mayor Pay To Finish The Rail Project? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How Will Honolulu’s Next Mayor Pay To Finish The Rail Project?

UPDATED: Kirk Caldwell, Peter Carlisle and Charles Djou have ideas for completing the rail line but no one is sure where the money will actually come from.

HART Signs $875M Contract To Build Rail To Middle Street Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HART Signs $875M Contract To Build Rail To Middle Street

There’s not enough money to go any farther on the project. City officials are now scrambling for solutions.

Hopelessly Over-Budget, Rail Should Stop At Middle Street, Mayor Says Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hopelessly Over-Budget, Rail Should Stop At Middle Street, Mayor Says

UPDATED: Honolulu’s rail project is facing a $1.5 billion shortfall and Kirk Caldwell says he wants to stop the line — for now — nearly five miles short of its originally intended destination.

Honolulu Charter Commission Sees ‘Urgent’ Need For Rail Changes Anthony Quintano / Civil Beat

Honolulu Charter Commission Sees ‘Urgent’ Need For Rail Changes

Ballot measures sought to strengthen HART board’s oversight ability and to consolidate city’s transportation operations.

HART Has Bigger Problems Than Utilities Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HART Has Bigger Problems Than Utilities

The agency is struggling to figure out how to build a 20-mile commuter rail line as costs continue to soar.

Martin Makes Curious Pick For HART Cory Lum/CIvil Beat

Martin Makes Curious Pick For HART

The Honolulu City Council chairman has nominated a former politician who has paid nearly $100,000 in fines for violating city and state rules, including those related to campaign finances.

Hanabusa To Run For Takai’s Seat In Congress? PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Hanabusa To Run For Takai’s Seat In Congress?

The Democrat and former congresswoman likely would scare off many potential challengers for the seat she won twice before Takai.

Does Colbert Matsumoto Have A Conflict Of Interest With Rail? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Does Colbert Matsumoto Have A Conflict Of Interest With Rail?

The well-known Oahu businessman is the founder and chairman of a company that owns several properties along the rail route. Now he’s on the HART board.

August 2016

Wednesday, August 31

Djou: No Tax Increase For Honolulu Rail — Yet

Tuesday, August 30

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

Thursday, August 18

Grabauskas Resigns As HART Executive Director

Friday, August 12

Take A Ride On The Honolulu Rail Route Alternatives

Wednesday, August 10

How Will Honolulu’s Next Mayor Pay To Finish The Rail Project?

July 2016

Tuesday, July 19

HART Signs $875M Contract To Build Rail To Middle Street

June 2016

Thursday, June 16

Hopelessly Over-Budget, Rail Should Stop At Middle Street, Mayor Says

Thursday, June 2

Honolulu Charter Commission Sees ‘Urgent’ Need For Rail Changes

May 2016

Tuesday, May 24

HART Has Bigger Problems Than Utilities

Martin Makes Curious Pick For HART

Hanabusa To Run For Takai’s Seat In Congress?

Tuesday, May 17

Does Colbert Matsumoto Have A Conflict Of Interest With Rail?

Friday, May 13

Honolulu Rail Price Estimate Jumps To $6.9B

Carlisle Wants To Be Mayor Of Honolulu, Again

Wednesday, May 4

Caldwell: ‘I Want To Keep This Job’

Monday, May 2

Here’s A 360-Degree View Inside Honolulu Rapid Transit’s First Train Car

April 2016

Thursday, April 28

‘Final’ Price Tag For Rail Not Expected Until Next Year

Tuesday, April 19

Honolulu Rail Project Expected To Cost The DOE Millions For New Schools

Friday, April 15

HART Continues Its Assault On Audit That Criticizes Rail Project

Thursday, April 14

Grabauskas: Honolulu Rail Audit ‘A Mess’

Monday, April 11

HART Board Chairman Resigns Amid Questions About Rail Cost Overruns

January 2016

Wednesday, January 27

Honolulu City Council Approves Rail Tax Extension

Tuesday, January 12

Five Unanswered Questions About Honolulu’s $6.6 Billion Rail Project

December 2015

Tuesday, December 22

HART OKs New Contract For Rail Stations

Wednesday, December 9

City Council Considers Killing Proposed Cap On Honolulu Rail Tax

November 2015

Tuesday, November 24

Honolulu Rail Budget In Limbo Until City Council Acts

Tuesday, November 17

HART Finds Savings With Latest Honolulu Rail Bids

Thursday, November 12

Is Honolulu Rail Project’s Future At Stake In Dispute Over Council’s Budget Role?

October 2015

Wednesday, October 21

City Budget Committee Mulls Tougher Line, Possible Cap on Rail Spending

Honolulu Rail’s Big Cash Problem

Thursday, October 15

HART Board Waiting on Honolulu City Council for Rail Cash

September 2015

Friday, September 11

Honolulu Rail Consultant Under Ethics Probe for Boat Trip with Contractor

August 2015

Thursday, August 20

Key Rail Contractor Tangled Up in Fraud Allegations in Hawaii Courts

June 2015

Thursday, June 11

Rail Operating Costs: A Looming Financial Crisis That Will Cost Taxpayers Billions

May 2015

Friday, May 15

Robert ‘Bobby’ Bunda Stepping Down from HART Board

Wednesday, May 13

Inside the Rail Checkbook: More than $1 Billion Spent but Few Details to Go Along With It

Tuesday, May 5

Honolulu Rail Tax Extension Clears the Legislature

Council Chair: No ‘Easy Sell’ for Honolulu Rail Tax

April 2015

Wednesday, April 22

Civil Beat Poll: Most Voters Oppose Honolulu Rail Tax Extension

Thursday, April 16

Now You Can Watch HART Meetings In Your Pajamas

Monday, April 13

Secret Subcontractors: What Honolulu Rail Officials Aren’t Telling You

Tuesday, April 7

Senators Give Honolulu Rail ‘A Great Deal of Opportunity’

Monday, April 6

Is Ige On Board With Extending Honolulu Rail Tax?

Wednesday, April 1

Tension Bubbles Between Honolulu City Council and HART

March 2015

Monday, March 30

Railing Against Honolulu’s $6 Billion Rail Project

Lawmakers to Hold Community Town Hall Meeting on Rail

Honolulu Rail: Big Questions Demand a Legislative Special Session

Wednesday, March 25

Frequent Fliers: Nearly $500K Spent on Rail Travel to Date

Wednesday, March 4

Math Problem: Does Honolulu Rail GET Shortfall Really Add Up?

Tuesday, March 3

Honolulu Rail Construction Proposals Millions Higher Than Expected

February 2015

Wednesday, February 11

HART: Rail Could Run Out of Cash By This Summer

Monday, February 2

Large Rail Contractors Dump $1.3 Million into Local Campaign Coffers

January 2015

Friday, January 30

At Least $1.25B Has Been Spent on Rail So Far, But Where Has All the Money Gone?

Thursday, January 22

Honolulu Rail Deficit Could Be Closer to $1 Billion

November 2014

Thursday, November 27

The Projector: Pre-holiday Food Bank, UH Football and Where Rail Meets Highway

September 2014

Monday, September 15

County Councils Agree to Lobby State for More Hotel Tax Revenue

November 2012

Monday, November 19

FTA Says It Will Sign $1.55 Billion Deal For Honolulu Rail Project

September 2012

Wednesday, September 12

Where Is Honolulu Rail’s Federal Funding?

July 2012

Wednesday, July 11

Honolulu Rail PR Contractors Whacked

June 2012

Thursday, June 28

Updated Rail Finance Plan Part of Formal Federal Funding Request

Thursday, June 7

Race To The Finish For Federal Rail Money

Filipino PR Flap Enflames Rail Talks

April 2012

Friday, April 13

New Rail Chief Sees Himself as Intermediary Between Council, Feds

Honolulu Council Keeps Rail Budget Intact

March 2012

Tuesday, March 27

Line of Credit ‘Big Piece’ Outstanding in Federal Rail Funding

Wednesday, March 7

Are Honolulu Rail Backers’ New Radio Ads Accurate?

Thursday, March 1

Civil Beat Poll – Honolulu Rail Authority Hasn’t Won Voters’ Confidence

February 2012

Wednesday, February 29

Off the Beat: What About the Mayor’s Calls for Transparency?

Monday, February 27

New Honolulu Rail Chief Was Late, Over Budget on His Biggest Project

Friday, February 24

HART Taps New Rail Chief: Grabauskas from Boston

Thursday, February 16

Time to Get Serious About Rail Conversation

Friday, February 10

Just How Deep Will Honolulu Rail’s Debt Be?

Monday, February 6

Feds Green Light Honolulu Rail Construction

Thursday, February 2

Does Line-of-Credit Rail Plan Leave Honolulu Taxpayers on Hook?

January 2012

Friday, January 27

Off The Beat: So Much For Independent Rail

Money In The Bank Or ‘Bells and Whistles’ If Honolulu Rail Costs Less?

Emergency Rail Plan: Taxpayers Have Our Back

Friday, January 20

Cayetano: Rail A Wall of Concrete Snaking Along Honolulu’s Waterfront

Thursday, January 19

Cayetano: I’m Not a One-Issue Anti-Rail Candidate

Wednesday, January 18

Honolulu Officials Unlikely To Try To Extend Rail Tax

What Does the FTA Want From Honolulu Rail?

Wednesday, January 11

Could Honolulu’s Mayor Stop Rail Project?

Thursday, January 5

Honolulu to Feds: OK Rail Work Or Costs Rise $100M

December 2011

Friday, December 30

Feds OK Final Rail Design Work, But Demand Stronger Financial Plan

Carrie Okinaga’s New Gig: First Hawaiian Lawyer

November 2011

Tuesday, November 29

HART Signs $1.4 Billion Contract With Ansaldo

Saturday, November 26

What Convinced Honolulu Rail Officials That Ansaldo Could Do The Job?

Thursday, November 17

HART Will Delay Ansaldo Contract

October 2011

Tuesday, October 25

‘Intermodal Pete’ and the Tale of Two Bus Stations

Thursday, October 13

HART: Full Steam Ahead For Ansaldo Rail Contract

Friday, October 7

Rail Price Drops Again In New Draft Financial Plan

September 2011

Thursday, September 29

Contract Dispute Moves From Court Room To City Council Chambers

Wednesday, September 14

Honolulu Rail Agreed to Pay Lobbyist $300,000

Thursday, September 8

Civil Beat Catches Rail Leaders Trying to Go ‘Deep Undercover’ in Washington

What We Learned From the Ansaldo Teleconference

Inside Honolulu: September 8 – LIVE BLOG – HART Questions Ansaldo

Friday, September 2

Honolulu Rail Authority Follows Abercrombie Secrecy Doctrine

Mayor: Foes ‘Hostile to Rail’ Deliberately Misleading the Public

August 2011

Friday, August 26

Honolulu Rail Asks Losing Bidder to Extend Offer — Just In Case

Saturday, August 20

New Twist in Case Against Ansaldo — Lack of License

Thursday, August 18

HART Uses Kid Gloves on Controversial Rail Contract

Monday, August 15

State Rejects Sumitomo Appeal, Clears Path for Honolulu Rail

Friday, August 12

VIDEO — Newsmaker: Talk Live With Honolulu Transportation Director Wayne Yoshioka

Thursday, August 11

Now Driving Honolulu’s Money Train: Don Horner

Thursday, August 4

HART Can’t Get Ansaldo Money Answers — Yet

July 2011

Friday, July 22

Recent Rail Tax Revenues a Pleasant Surprise for City

Saturday, July 16

Is HART Board Member’s Link to Biggest Rail Landowner a Conflict?

Saturday, July 2

HART Convenes, Adopts Budget, Won’t Sue Council

June 2011

Monday, June 27

Council Overrides HART Vetoes; Next Stop, Court?

Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation