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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.

HART Struggles To Keep Critical Utility Work On Schedule Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HART Struggles To Keep Critical Utility Work On Schedule

The rail agency is eager for crews to work on Dillingham during the day, but the move is sure to take a heavy traffic toll on Kalihi.

Whistleblower: FAA Improperly Rushed Southwest Approvals To Fly To Hawaii AP

Whistleblower: FAA Improperly Rushed Southwest Approvals To Fly To Hawaii

FAA managers engaged in “abuse of authority” last year to help Southwest expedite service to the islands, according to a new Wall Street Journal report.

Realignment Of Highway At Laniakea Could Be In The Works Kuʻu Kauanoe/ Civil Beat

Realignment Of Highway At Laniakea Could Be In The Works

Hawaii transportation officials say they finally have the money to fix that stretch of the Kamehameha Highway, a notorious traffic choke point that is eroding from sea level rise.

Mayors Want State Action On Traffic, E-Scooters, Rideshare  Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Mayors Want State Action On Traffic, E-Scooters, Rideshare 

Hawaii’s four mayors have transportation initiatives on the brain in 2020, their latest requests to state lawmakers show.

Oahu Finally Gets Its Joint Traffic Management Center Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Oahu Finally Gets Its Joint Traffic Management Center

The facility was supposed to open three years ago but ran into construction issues. Officials hope it will help better manage traffic across the island.

HART: ‘This Is The Year’ For Limited Rail Passenger Service Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HART: ‘This Is The Year’ For Limited Rail Passenger Service

Its director says the Honolulu rail project, long rocked by cost overruns and huge delays, is now stable and on a path to open the first stretch by October.

Auditor: Handi-Van Software – And Perhaps Its Operator – Need An Overhaul Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Auditor: Handi-Van Software – And Perhaps Its Operator – Need An Overhaul

The Honolulu auditor’s latest update on Handi-Van performance finds some progress, but the busy paratransit service still needs a lot of improvement.

Lanai In Talks To Buy Grid From Hawaiian Electric Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lanai In Talks To Buy Grid From Hawaiian Electric

The move, the parties say, aims to help create micro grids powered by renewable energy and lower electricity costs.

TheBus Redux: A City Transit Leader Responds To Riders’ Questions Cory Lum/Civil Beat

TheBus Redux: A City Transit Leader Responds To Riders’ Questions

Lags in TheBus’ tracking data can cause angst for riders trying to predict when their bus might arrive.

The Future Of Koko Crater Stables Remains In Limbo Kuʻu Kauanoe/Civil Beat

The Future Of Koko Crater Stables Remains In Limbo

It’s still not clear who will run the island’s last remaining public equestrian center long-term — or whether they’ll even stay in existence.

HART Reversed Course And Fired Embattled Employee Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HART Reversed Course And Fired Embattled Employee

HART’s top executive has declined to say who advised the rail agency regarding former agency information specialist, Russell Yamanoha.

Businesses, Company Reach Settlement On Kakaako Roads Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Businesses, Company Reach Settlement On Kakaako Roads

The state attorney general isn’t part of the deal, so the suit continues toward its April trial date.