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Marcel Honore

Honolulu’s New Trains Could Sap Power From Nearby Buildings And Homes Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu’s New Trains Could Sap Power From Nearby Buildings And Homes

If the trains draw too much power as they speed up to leave stations, it could affect the use of household appliances and other electrical-powered equipment.

How A Design Detail Caused A Multi-Million Dollar Headache For Honolulu Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How A Design Detail Caused A Multi-Million Dollar Headache For Honolulu Rail

Canopy arms, meant to anchor the sail-like fabric covers for the stations, were already plagued with design and construction problems. Then, they started cracking.

Extra Board Members Were Meant To Add Scrutiny On HART — But They Rarely Show Up Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Extra Board Members Were Meant To Add Scrutiny On HART — But They Rarely Show Up

UPDATED: Only one Legislature-appointed member has attended a board meeting since February, making it hard for the Honolulu rail project to get routine business done.

Honolulu Rail Officials Won’t Say Much About New Round Of Subpoenas Anthony Quintano / Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail Officials Won’t Say Much About New Round Of Subpoenas

The latest federal orders were served to an unspecified number of HART employees. The rail agency won’t say who or how many staff members got them.

Council Chair’s Proposal To Kill HART Dies Its Own Early Death Cory Lum/CIvil Beat

Council Chair’s Proposal To Kill HART Dies Its Own Early Death

The proposed resolution would have allowed voters to decide whether to end HART, but it didn’t clear its first reading.

Rail Faces More Uncertainty As Council Leader Tries To Abolish HART Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Rail Faces More Uncertainty As Council Leader Tries To Abolish HART

After years of missteps it’s time for the rail agency to be replaced by city control, Honolulu’s City Council chairman argues. HART says that’ll only make things worse.

Showdown Looms With Howard Hughes Over Parcels On Rail Route Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Showdown Looms With Howard Hughes Over Parcels On Rail Route

Negotiations to compensate the Kakaako landowner for properties critical to the project have broken down, with the parties as much as $100 million apart.

Proposed HART Resolution Calls For Agency To Stay Alive Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Proposed HART Resolution Calls For Agency To Stay Alive

Rail board members are poised to approve a resolution pushing back against the proposal to dissolve HART years ahead of schedule.

Navigating Waikiki, The Wild West Of Oahu Traffic Marcel Honore/Civil Beat

Navigating Waikiki, The Wild West Of Oahu Traffic

Overcrowded loading zones and lax enforcement worsen the chaos. City and neighborhood officials want to change that.

City Kick-Starts Public Discussion On Future Rail Fares Cory Lum/Civil Beat

City Kick-Starts Public Discussion On Future Rail Fares

Commissioners will consider whether the fares should be a flat rate or distance-based, as well as how much the interim service should cost.

Lawsuit: Rail Columns Pose ‘Unreasonable Risk’ To Drivers Near Waipahu Marcel Honore/Civil Beat

Lawsuit: Rail Columns Pose ‘Unreasonable Risk’ To Drivers Near Waipahu

After three people were killed in a collision with a column, a wrongful death suit takes aim at the city for not placing barriers to protect drivers.

HART Has A New Board Member: Ford Fuchigami Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

HART Has A New Board Member: Ford Fuchigami

Fuchigami previously served on the local board overseeing rail when he was the state’s DOT director.