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HART Approves More Legal Fees For Looming Trial Against Howard Hughes Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

HART Approves More Legal Fees For Looming Trial Against Howard Hughes

The high-stakes battle could involve a claim of more than $200 million in damages, according to the rail agency.

HART Says It Didn’t Get A Key Report On Track Woes. The Contractor Says Otherwise Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HART Says It Didn’t Get A Key Report On Track Woes. The Contractor Says Otherwise

The much-anticipated analysis will shed light on a major problem that must be fixed before interim rail service can start.

HART: Howard Hughes To Seek $200 Million In Rail Condemnation Suit Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HART: Howard Hughes To Seek $200 Million In Rail Condemnation Suit

The city’s legal costs in the eminent domain battle started at $4.6 million. Now, they’re poised to exceed $23 million.

HART Effort To Hire Welders To Fix Rail Tracks Falls Flat Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HART Effort To Hire Welders To Fix Rail Tracks Falls Flat

How big of an impact that will have remains unclear. HART won’t discuss the situation.

Faced With Unwieldy Voting Rules, Honolulu Rail Board Simply Scrapped Them Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Faced With Unwieldy Voting Rules, Honolulu Rail Board Simply Scrapped Them

UPDATED: For four years, after the Legislature added seats, the rail board required eight ‘yes’ votes to pass measures, but recently decided it needs only six.

John Pritchett: End Game John Pritchett/Civil Beat/2021

John Pritchett: End Game

Things are looking worse and worse for the beleaguered Honolulu rail project. Cost overruns. Construction defects. Staff turnover. When does it all end?

HART Sheds More Staff, Including Its Latest Chief Financial Officer Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HART Sheds More Staff, Including Its Latest Chief Financial Officer

The changes come amid the HART board’s private discussions on future leadership at the agency.

HART, HECO At Odds Over Who Caused A $34 Million Change Order To Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

HART, HECO At Odds Over Who Caused A $34 Million Change Order To Rail

HART says HECO’s new safety standards were the problem. The utility, meanwhile, blames shoddy and delayed design work by a rail contractor.

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.

October 2021

Thursday, October 14

HART Says It Didn’t Get A Key Report On Track Woes. The Contractor Says Otherwise

Wednesday, October 6

HART Effort To Hire Welders To Fix Rail Tracks Falls Flat

September 2021

Wednesday, September 29

Faced With Unwieldy Voting Rules, Honolulu Rail Board Simply Scrapped Them

Sunday, September 19

John Pritchett: End Game

Thursday, September 9

HART, HECO At Odds Over Who Caused A $34 Million Change Order To Rail

August 2021

Friday, August 20

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

Wednesday, August 18

Emerging Plan Would Pump Hotel Room Tax Revenue Into Rail

Wednesday, August 11

Narrow Council Vote Propels Anthony Aalto Onto The HART Board

Monday, August 9

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

Wednesday, August 4

Council Members Call For Honolulu Rail Critic To Stay On HART Board

July 2021

Friday, July 30

Hanabusa Becomes Chair Of The Honolulu Rail Authority Board — Again

Monday, July 26

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

Sunday, July 25

John Pritchett: Lights, Camera, Aalto!

Friday, July 23

HART’s Expecting Fewer Riders — Even Absent The Pandemic

Tuesday, July 20

Aalto Moves Closer To Replacing Uno On HART Board

Friday, July 16

City Council Leaders Look To Remove Rail Critic From HART Board

Monday, July 12

Building Honolulu Rail: It’s Just A Matter Of Time Before You Hit Something Important

Sunday, July 11

John Pritchett: Back To The Future?

Friday, July 9

Toby Martyn Resigns As HART Board Chair Amid Latest Rail Upheaval

Friday, July 2

OIP To Investigate HART For Possible Sunshine Law Violations

June 2021

Friday, June 25

Another Questionable Million-Dollar Honolulu Rail Contract?

Thursday, June 17

Emails Show Hanabusa Was Doing Rail Work Before She Got A Big Contract

Tuesday, June 15

Emails Show HART Leaders Always Wanted To Hire Hanabusa As Consultant

Thursday, June 3

HART Asks The City To Borrow Up To $550 Million To Keep Rail Moving

Wednesday, June 2

Alternatives To The Last Honolulu Rail Leg? HART Releases A ‘Matrix’ Of Ideas

May 2021

Sunday, May 16

Lee Cataluna: The Curious Incident Of Colleen Hanabusa And HART

Wednesday, May 12

Honolulu Rail Chief Says Ridership Projections Have Dropped

Tuesday, May 11

Hanabusa Trades In A Lucrative Rail Contract For An Unpaid Seat On The HART Board

Sunday, May 9

John Pritchett: Final Destination

Thursday, May 6

Civil Beat/HNN Poll: Majority Of Oahu Voters Oppose Rail Project

Wednesday, May 5

Hirono Dishes On Rail, Anti-Asian Hate And Vaccine-Hesitant Trumpers

Sunday, May 2

John Pritchett: Bad Penny

April 2021

Friday, April 30

Blangiardi Suggests Rail Could Stop Short Of Ala Moana

Wednesday, April 28

Hanabusa Awarded $200K HART Consulting Contract

Sunday, April 25

The ‘Mauka Shift’ Could Solve Rail’s Utility Woes. Why Did It Happen So Late?

Wednesday, April 14

Another $800M For Rail? Don’t Count On It, Schatz Says

Tuesday, April 6

Under New Leadership, HART Purges Nearly Half Its Staff

March 2021

Wednesday, March 31

Lee Cataluna: Hawaii Already Has A Job-Creation Program. It’s Called Rail

Sunday, March 21

John Pritchett: Railroaded

Thursday, March 18

HART, Hitachi At Odds Over Wheel Defect As Rail Costs Soar

Tuesday, March 16

HART: Defective Train Wheels Are A ‘Major’ Problem And Possible Safety Issue

Monday, March 8

Rail Board Believed HART’s Former Director Misled On Costs, Records Show

Monday, March 1

COVID-19 Relief Bill Includes $70 Million For Honolulu Rail

January 2021

Thursday, January 21

New Route For Honolulu Rail? Any ‘Hare-Brained’ Scheme Is Being Considered

Sunday, January 10

John Pritchett: The Secret Ingredient

Monday, January 4

For The Honolulu Rail Project, 2020 Was The Year The Wheels Fell Off