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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.
Transit officials do aim to keep enough buses on the road so riders can practice social distancing against the threat of COVID-19.
State senators also press for medical screenings of all arriving passengers to Hawaii, not just a 14-day self-quarantine.
With roads clear of heavy traffic, many contraflow lanes on Oahu will be suspended during the COVID-19 crisis, too.
Food trucks can also apply to use the city’s metered stalls for free as the COVID-19 crisis takes its toll on local eateries.
UPDATED: Passenger counts have plummeted as COVID-19 numbers climb. Some drivers remain wary of what lies ahead.
The author of a study on Honolulu’s unique potential to spread contagion says we’re lucky the coronavirus moved west out of China, not east toward the islands.
Recommendations for Hawaii have been stalled by the bureaucratic tug of war for decades. Yet crashes continue.
The Cessna had been used for 40 years to tow gliders into the air, according to the NTSB’s preliminary report.
The influx of new vans will boost the paratransit service’s fleet to 205 vehicles
The outbreak has created trouble for Hitachi’s supply chain. It’s not clear yet what that means for rail’s interim opening planned later this year.
Officials are looking more closely at the use of towplanes to get gliders aloft.
The new 13-year, $918 million deal with Hitachi is nearly $100 million more than the one signed in 2011. It will cover just over half of the costs to run the rail system.