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Supreme Court Rejects Suit Seeking Prompt Payments For Hawaii’s Jobless Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Supreme Court Rejects Suit Seeking Prompt Payments For Hawaii’s Jobless

UPDATED: The group who filed the case was “shocked and enraged” by the decision and is now considering what to do next.

Honolulu Rail’s Pricey P3 Procurement Continues After Board Fails To End It Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail’s Pricey P3 Procurement Continues After Board Fails To End It

City leaders and most HART board members want to cancel the public-private partnership process and start over.

Honolulu Rail Cost Now at $9.9 Billion But That Estimate Will Likely Grow Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail Cost Now at $9.9 Billion But That Estimate Will Likely Grow

The FTA considers rail the most “challenged and troubled project that they’re dealing with,” according to the HART board’s vice chairman.

Honolulu Rail’s New Budget Hole Estimated At More Than $1 Billion Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail’s New Budget Hole Estimated At More Than $1 Billion

Project leaders will likely struggle to secure more funding amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Conservation Group Pushes Feds To Set Habitat For Hawaii’s Endangered Iiwi Bird Jack Jeffrey Photography

Conservation Group Pushes Feds To Set Habitat For Hawaii’s Endangered Iiwi Bird

The species, like many of Hawaii’s other remaining forest birds, has been decimated by mosquito-borne diseases.

Rail CEO: ‘We Can’t Quit’ On Final Construction Contract Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Rail CEO: ‘We Can’t Quit’ On Final Construction Contract

Honolulu’s mayor and rail’s top executive disagree over the best path for the project to succeed.

Honolulu Mayor Candidates Say They’d Finish Rail As Planned But Not How They’d Pay For It

Honolulu Mayor Candidates Say They’d Finish Rail As Planned But Not How They’d Pay For It

But the situation with the more than $9 billion project is so fluid right now that both Amemiya and Blangiardi struggle to say how they’ll handle it.

City Leaders Advance Bill To Withdraw Rail Construction Dollars Cory Lum/Civil Beat

City Leaders Advance Bill To Withdraw Rail Construction Dollars

It remains unclear how the move would impact the transit project’s federal funding.

Caldwell: ‘Phased’ Construction Of Rail If The Project Runs Out Of Cash Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Caldwell: ‘Phased’ Construction Of Rail If The Project Runs Out Of Cash

Generally, the Honolulu mayor suggested building the line into downtown and then resuming construction to Ala Moana Center once the funding becomes available.