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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.

Honolulu’s Poorly Timed Traffic Signals Aren’t Very Smart Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu’s Poorly Timed Traffic Signals Aren’t Very Smart

The city aims to start installing technology that can detect traffic congestion on some of Oahu’s more than 820 lights next year.

State Fills One Of Its HART Board Vacancies, Two More Seats Remain Open Courtesy Hawaii House of Representatives

State Fills One Of Its HART Board Vacancies, Two More Seats Remain Open

Lynn McCrory joins the rail board as the state looks to appoint qualified members who can attend the meetings.

Jeff Speck: Making Honolulu More Walkable And Livable Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Jeff Speck: Making Honolulu More Walkable And Livable

Popular urban planner Jeff Speck is in town to discuss ways to improve mobility across our crowded congested island.

HART Boss Sees No Reason To Fire Staffer Convicted In Union Vote Rigging Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HART Boss Sees No Reason To Fire Staffer Convicted In Union Vote Rigging

The rail agency’s top executive won’t say who’s advising him to keep Russell Yamanoha at HART after his plea deal.

Feds Approve Rail’s Recovery Plan, Signaling Continued Support Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Feds Approve Rail’s Recovery Plan, Signaling Continued Support

The FTA won’t release rail’s remaining $744 million, however, until the project’s actual costs are clearer.

Case Looks To Set More Stringent Safety, Noise Standards For Tour Flights Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Case Looks To Set More Stringent Safety, Noise Standards For Tour Flights

Legislation introduced Wednesday would provide some state and local control over helicopter and skydiving flights instead of just the FAA.

City Leaders: Plans For Rail Work Along Dillingham ‘Not Acceptable’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

City Leaders: Plans For Rail Work Along Dillingham ‘Not Acceptable’

Impacts to businesses and homes near the narrow, busy street could be severe. City leaders say HART still hasn’t sufficiently prepared for that.

Use It Or Lose It? Honolulu Officials Say Ala Wai Project Money In Jeopardy Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Use It Or Lose It? Honolulu Officials Say Ala Wai Project Money In Jeopardy

While the City Council was warned the nearly $200 million could be lost to flood-control efforts elsewhere, there is actually a surplus of federal money for such projects.

Honolulu’s New Trains Could Sap Power From Nearby Buildings And Homes Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu’s New Trains Could Sap Power From Nearby Buildings And Homes

If the trains draw too much power as they speed up to leave stations, it could affect the use of household appliances and other electrical-powered equipment.

How A Design Detail Caused A Multi-Million Dollar Headache For Honolulu Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How A Design Detail Caused A Multi-Million Dollar Headache For Honolulu Rail

Canopy arms, meant to anchor the sail-like fabric covers for the stations, were already plagued with design and construction problems. Then, they started cracking.

Extra Board Members Were Meant To Add Scrutiny On HART — But They Rarely Show Up Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Extra Board Members Were Meant To Add Scrutiny On HART — But They Rarely Show Up

UPDATED: Only one Legislature-appointed member has attended a board meeting since February, making it hard for the Honolulu rail project to get routine business done.

Honolulu Rail Officials Won’t Say Much About New Round Of Subpoenas Anthony Quintano / Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail Officials Won’t Say Much About New Round Of Subpoenas

The latest federal orders were served to an unspecified number of HART employees. The rail agency won’t say who or how many staff members got them.