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Farrington Highway Is A Lifeline — And A Big Hazard — For Leeward Residents Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Farrington Highway Is A Lifeline — And A Big Hazard — For Leeward Residents

UPDATED: The poorly designed highway presents lots of risks to pedestrians — too few crosswalks and sidewalks, narrow shoulders, no medians and speeding cars.

Proposal Would Give Honolulu Voters Chance To End HART Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Proposal Would Give Honolulu Voters Chance To End HART

The proposal, which rail leaders say comes from Honolulu City Council Chairman Ikaika Anderson, would place the city transportation department in charge of the remaining construction.

Honolulu Rail Will Spend Nearly $40 Million More On Change Order Fixes Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail Will Spend Nearly $40 Million More On Change Order Fixes

Despite the cost increases, the 20-mile, 21-station transit line is holding steady to HART’s latest, $8.14 billion construction budget, officials say.

Preliminary Report: Skydiving Plane Twisted In The Air Before Crash Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Preliminary Report: Skydiving Plane Twisted In The Air Before Crash

An NTSB report offers some early details about last month’s crash. Investigators could spend the next two years trying to determine what happened.

Councilwoman: HART Should Cover Legal Costs For Subpoenas, Not City Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Councilwoman: HART Should Cover Legal Costs For Subpoenas, Not City

Heidi Tsuneyoshi has recently brought fresh scrutiny to HART. Now, she’s urging the city to reverse plans to cover the rail agency’s legal costs.

‘It’s A Struggle’: Rail Project Loses More Top Deputies At A Crucial Time Cory Lum/Civil Beat

‘It’s A Struggle’: Rail Project Loses More Top Deputies At A Crucial Time

Key personnel continue to leave the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation as rail construction nears its most critical crossroads.

June Showers Bring More Pali Highway Repair Work Cory Lum/Civil Beat

June Showers Bring More Pali Highway Repair Work

The repairs are now expected to last into November, although state officials will gradually expand drivers’ access to the Windward-town corridor.

How Do You Make Bike Commuting Work On Oahu? Start At 4:30 a.m. Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How Do You Make Bike Commuting Work On Oahu? Start At 4:30 a.m.

“Honestly, if I can do this anybody can,” longtime local cyclist and cancer survivor Lynn Bailey says of traversing Oahu’s bustling street and highway grid.

FAA Largely Ignored Calls For Improved Skydiving Flight Safety, NTSB Says Cory Lum/Civil Beat

FAA Largely Ignored Calls For Improved Skydiving Flight Safety, NTSB Says

The NTSB called for more stringent standards for skydiving operations more than 10 years ago. On Monday, it called out the FAA for not taking sufficient action on those.

Ige To Sign A Host Of Traffic Safety Bills Into Law Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige To Sign A Host Of Traffic Safety Bills Into Law

The signings on Tuesday come as Hawaii is ranked the third most dangerous state for pedestrians over 50.

Caldwell: Tax Hikes On Hotels, Investment Homes Can Cover Rail Operations Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Caldwell: Tax Hikes On Hotels, Investment Homes Can Cover Rail Operations

Those increases, coupled with appreciating property values on Oahu, should be enough to make it work, the mayor asserted Thursday. But the proposal is light on specifics.

HART Loses Its Last Original Board Member Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HART Loses Its Last Original Board Member

Damien Kim, who helped oversee the project since HART was formed, asked not to be reappointed. He’s not the only board member leaving this summer.