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Marcel Honore

Investigation Uncovers Numerous ADA Violations In Hawaii Island’s Transit Service Jason Armstrong/Civil Beat/2019

Investigation Uncovers Numerous ADA Violations In Hawaii Island’s Transit Service

The county agrees to fix “chronically inoperable” wheelchair lifts and make other changes to avoid getting sued.

Rail Canopy Defects Cost Another $15 Million. Are Taxpayers Liable? Marcel Honore/Civil Beat

Rail Canopy Defects Cost Another $15 Million. Are Taxpayers Liable?

The canopy arms have caused numerous problems. It’s not yet clear who’s responsible and who ultimately should pay to fix them.

HART Warns That Wandering On The Electrified Rail Line Could Be Deadly Courtesy: Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation

HART Warns That Wandering On The Electrified Rail Line Could Be Deadly

A group of trespassers recently breached a station and wandered onto the elevated track, prompting the warning.

Narrow Council Vote Propels Anthony Aalto Onto The HART Board Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2016

Narrow Council Vote Propels Anthony Aalto Onto The HART Board

No prior board nominee in HART’s decade-long history received the same public scrutiny over qualifications and potential conflicts as Aalto did, reflecting a growing unease with the project.

For Cost Overruns, Honolulu Rail Is In A League Of Its Own, New Data Shows Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

For Cost Overruns, Honolulu Rail Is In A League Of Its Own, New Data Shows

A former FTA planning director says it’s time to pause and study the best path forward for the troubled transit project.

Paid To Stand By: How A Botched Rail Contract Multiplied Costs Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Paid To Stand By: How A Botched Rail Contract Multiplied Costs

Rail contractors were paid to ramp up and be ready to perform utility relocation work that didn’t materialize.

Nan Inc. Prevails In Rail-Related Whistleblower Lawsuit Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Nan Inc. Prevails In Rail-Related Whistleblower Lawsuit

The firm’s former in-house counsel had alleged illegal activity related to rail work in 2019.

HART’s Expecting Fewer Riders — Even Absent The Pandemic Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

HART’s Expecting Fewer Riders — Even Absent The Pandemic

The most recent rail ridership estimates are down almost 18%, largely based on a pre-pandemic drop in bus ridership.

Aalto Moves Closer To Replacing Uno On HART Board Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2016

Aalto Moves Closer To Replacing Uno On HART Board

UPDATED: The journalist and filmmaker said he would provide an inquisitiveness that’s been sorely lacking on the board.