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Internal Memo Reveals List Of Experts Concerned About Honolulu Rail Track Layout Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Internal Memo Reveals List Of Experts Concerned About Honolulu Rail Track Layout

HART dismissed the worries of a former track consultant as “the opinions of one individual.” A newly released memo indicates he’s not alone.

Feds Approve Honolulu Rail Recovery Plan, Will Release $125 Million Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Feds Approve Honolulu Rail Recovery Plan, Will Release $125 Million

Mayor Rick Blangiardi called the development a “joyous and a historic day for us.”

HART Leaders Are Concerned That Feds Still Haven’t Approved Rail’s Recovery Plan Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

HART Leaders Are Concerned That Feds Still Haven’t Approved Rail’s Recovery Plan

UPDATED: If, by now, “we have not learned how to build rail, then we have no right to do so,” Colleen Hanabusa told the FTA.

HART: Difference In Bids To Relocate Utilities On Dillingham Rail Route Was $400 Million Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

HART: Difference In Bids To Relocate Utilities On Dillingham Rail Route Was $400 Million

The Honolulu rail agency said the losing bid, at $900 million, received a “significantly lower” score.

Honolulu Rail’s ‘Full-Blown’ Trial Running Phase Is Finally Underway Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Honolulu Rail’s ‘Full-Blown’ Trial Running Phase Is Finally Underway

It’s not clear, however, whether the project’s latest pier-cracking woes would force HART to repeat the trial running sometime later.

New $500 Million Contract May Finally Solve Honolulu Rail’s Utility Woes Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

New $500 Million Contract May Finally Solve Honolulu Rail’s Utility Woes

Rail officials tried to get this work done under a prior contract. They say this new deal will finally solve one of the project’s biggest obstacles.

Blangiardi: Concrete Cracking Could Push Honolulu Rail’s Opening To Next Year Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat/2022

Blangiardi: Concrete Cracking Could Push Honolulu Rail’s Opening To Next Year

Consultants and structural engineers are still assessing just how serious the cracking is in the piers that support several West Oahu stations.

Cracks In Concrete Columns Could Be Honolulu Rail’s Next Big Problem, HART Says Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Cracks In Concrete Columns Could Be Honolulu Rail’s Next Big Problem, HART Says

City contractors have advised that no passengers be allowed on seven station platforms until they have a better grasp of the issue, rail officials said.

Honolulu Rail Whistleblower: Tracks, Wheels A Maintenance Nightmare And Potential Safety Issue Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2022

Honolulu Rail Whistleblower: Tracks, Wheels A Maintenance Nightmare And Potential Safety Issue

A  track consultant pressed HART officials for two years for the rail agency to make key changes that would make the system safer and more operable. They dismissed him in February.

HART Mum On Where Pivotal ‘Mauka Shift’ Approvals Stand Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

HART Mum On Where Pivotal ‘Mauka Shift’ Approvals Stand

It’s not clear why HART is moving ahead before confirming which environmental approvals are needed and how long they might take.