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Want Real Traffic Relief? Give Oahu’s Students And Workers Flexible Hours Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Want Real Traffic Relief? Give Oahu’s Students And Workers Flexible Hours

Spreading the car trips around could make the rush hour a bit smoother. But getting schools and employers to buy in isn’t always easy.

How Many More Cars Can We Cram On Oahu? Anthony Quintano/ Civil Beat

How Many More Cars Can We Cram On Oahu?

Since 1995, the growth in registered vehicles on Oahu has far outpaced the population increase — making any attempt to keep up with new roads futile.

A New Public Corruption Scandal Looms For Hawaii Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

A New Public Corruption Scandal Looms For Hawaii

A Honolulu engineer admitted paying $400,000 in bribes, but secrecy still surrounds the state employees and Micronesian officials who allegedly accepted payoffs.

As Hurricane Lane Approached, Some Boats Had Nowhere To Escape

As Hurricane Lane Approached, Some Boats Had Nowhere To Escape

Tour boat operators say they were “blindsided” when state harbor officials barred them from taking shelter in commercial ports — a change from years past.

City Auditor: Rail Costs Could Keep Rising If HART Doesn’t Take Action Cory Lum/Civil Beat

City Auditor: Rail Costs Could Keep Rising If HART Doesn’t Take Action

UPDATED: The latest audit to drop on the agency blames “inexperienced HART managers and contractors” for not keeping costs in check.

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.