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Marcel Honore

Feds Still Aren’t Releasing $744 Million For Honolulu Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Feds Still Aren’t Releasing $744 Million For Honolulu Rail

Rail officials had hoped to finally get their long-stalled recovery plan approved by this month. Now, they hope to get “provisional’ approval in late May or early June.

Here’s Why You’ll Want To Pay For The Miles You Drive Not The Gas You Use Washington State House Republicans

Here’s Why You’ll Want To Pay For The Miles You Drive Not The Gas You Use

Hawaii’s rural drivers, already burdened with higher costs to drive, think a mileage tax would hit them the hardest. Actually, they’d benefit.

Critics Renew Calls To Stop Honolulu Rail At Middle Street Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Critics Renew Calls To Stop Honolulu Rail At Middle Street

While shortening the line could save hundreds of millions of dollars, rail leaders argue the system would lose nearly half its projected ridership.

Honolulu Rail Cars Fail Fire Test, But Officials Question Its Validity Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail Cars Fail Fire Test, But Officials Question Its Validity

Flooring and roofing were found to not be sufficiently fire-resistant in a test conducted in Texas.

Latest Audit: Agency ‘Arbitrary,’ ‘Inconsistent’ In Reviewing Rail Costs Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Latest Audit: Agency ‘Arbitrary,’ ‘Inconsistent’ In Reviewing Rail Costs

UPDATED: The Hawaii agency that oversees rail spending lacks the proper rules, training and procedures to make sure its reviews are sound, the latest audit finds.

These 10 Oahu Intersections Drive Our Readers Crazy Google Maps

These 10 Oahu Intersections Drive Our Readers Crazy

We asked local drivers to help us identify some of the most hazardous places where two or more roads come together in Honolulu.

The Twisted History Of Honolulu Traffic Engineering Google Maps

The Twisted History Of Honolulu Traffic Engineering

When it comes to some of Oahu’s worst street designs, our fates were sealed more than a century ago.

Bill To Create An Airport Corporation Advances — With A Very Big Catch Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bill To Create An Airport Corporation Advances — With A Very Big Catch

Backers of an independent corporation to run Hawaii’s airports say it needs freedom from the state’s time-consuming procurement process. Key lawmakers disagree.

As Deadline Looms, HART May Not Fully Comply With Federal Subpoena Cory Lum/Civil Beat

As Deadline Looms, HART May Not Fully Comply With Federal Subpoena

The Honolulu rail agency’s board hasn’t yet consulted with its attorneys on whether to give investigators its closed-door meeting records.

Yet Another Audit Planned For Honolulu Rail Project Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Yet Another Audit Planned For Honolulu Rail Project

The City Council wants to investigate potential criminal activity surrounding the fiscally troubled transit project.

Federal Probe Has State Looking To Pull Back On Rail Audits Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Federal Probe Has State Looking To Pull Back On Rail Audits

Proposed legislation would repeal the requirement for more audits. But added scrutiny has already led state finance officials to withhold $40 million from HART.

Whistleblower Lawsuit: HART Mishandled More Than 100 Change Orders Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Whistleblower Lawsuit: HART Mishandled More Than 100 Change Orders

The lawsuit’s allegations echo problems flagged by the city auditor. Meanwhile, federal investigators have demanded HART provide its change order records.