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Marcel Honore

Marcel Honore primarily covers rail for Civil Beat — and he’s always on the lookout for ways to describe the local transit project other than “cash-strapped,” “beleaguered” and “financially challenged” in his reports.

A native of Los Angeles, Marcel moved to Oahu in January 2013 and spent nearly five years covering transportation for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. He also served as the paper’s main correspondent covering the Hokule’a’s three-year worldwide voyage, sailing aboard the canoe on several of its international legs.

Prior to his Hawaii arrival, Marcel worked at the Palm Springs, California, Desert Sun, where he covered city government and immigration issues. His investigations into arsenic-tinged drinking water, foul odors emanating from a contaminated-soil facility and other environmental challenges affecting that region garnered several awards, including a 2011 California Newspaper Publishers Award.

Marcel started his journalism career as a graduate student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where he served as a Washington, D.C., correspondent for The Seattle Times and the Santa Barbara News-Press. While at Northwestern he also worked at the Associated Press’ Caracas, Venezuela, bureau covering policies under then-President Hugo Chavez.

Marcel should be a much better surfer than he currently is. He sincerely apologizes for dropping in on your wave.

Rail Project Director Doesn’t Fully Meet Expectations — But Still Gets A Bonus Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Rail Project Director Doesn’t Fully Meet Expectations — But Still Gets A Bonus

UPDATED: Andrew Robbins has proven a “quick study” in his first year leading the project but needs to improve, according to his job evaluation.

Audit: Heavy Reliance On Consultants Is Causing Problems For Honolulu Rail Project Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Audit: Heavy Reliance On Consultants Is Causing Problems For Honolulu Rail Project

UPDATED: “Consultants often manage consultants, who manage other consultants,” the state audit found, and HART doesn’t hold them accountable.

Honolulu Will Pay Train Maker $160 Million To Cover Rail Delays Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Will Pay Train Maker $160 Million To Cover Rail Delays

Rail officials said the settlement with Ansaldo covers a delay of more than 2,000 days.

Audit: Honolulu Rail Agency Hid True Costs From Public View Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Audit: Honolulu Rail Agency Hid True Costs From Public View

UPDATED: The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation did not even level with its own board of directors about ballooning expenses, a new report says.

What Would You Pay To Drive During Honolulu’s Rush Hour? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

What Would You Pay To Drive During Honolulu’s Rush Hour?

Congestion pricing aims to reduce gridlock and emissions by making drivers think twice about getting in their cars.

By Land And Sea, The Shutdown Takes Its Toll On Hawaii AP

By Land And Sea, The Shutdown Takes Its Toll On Hawaii

A recent study finds the latest federal budget impasse is hitting the islands especially hard.

The Cost Of Honolulu Rail’s Westside Stations Keeps Going Up Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Cost Of Honolulu Rail’s Westside Stations Keeps Going Up

HART had boasted of savings from its decision to build the nine stations three at a time. But those savings have disappeared.

Surviving The Ride On A Not-So-Bike-Friendly Island Ku'u Kauanoe/Civil Beat

Surviving The Ride On A Not-So-Bike-Friendly Island

Commuting from Kapolei to Honolulu has a few moments of terror, but with a few fixes might eventually work even for casual riders.

The Story Behind Our New Transportation Column Anthony Quintano/ Civil Beat

The Story Behind Our New Transportation Column

Traffic can dominate life — and dinner party conversation — on Oahu. “Wayfinding” offers readers a street-level look at the challenges of getting around the island.

 

Six-Figure Deal To Cover UH Rail Costs ‘Slipped Through The Cracks’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Six-Figure Deal To Cover UH Rail Costs ‘Slipped Through The Cracks’

HART says it fixed its process so the glitch won’t reoccur, but it’s unclear if the agency missed other contracts.

Don’t Expect To See Those Green E-Scooters Again Anytime Soon Marcel Honore/Civil Beat

Don’t Expect To See Those Green E-Scooters Again Anytime Soon

Lime’s electric scooter fleet was pulled from Honolulu streets earlier this year. Hawaii’s vehicle code needs changes for them to return.

HART Approves Rail’s Recovery Plan – Again Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HART Approves Rail’s Recovery Plan – Again

The move is intended to free up more than $700 million withheld by the project’s federal partners.