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HART’s Shoddy Relocation Program Took A Toll On Those Displaced By Rail Marcel Honore/Civil Beat

HART’s Shoddy Relocation Program Took A Toll On Those Displaced By Rail

For years, the agency didn’t follow the proper federal rules moving businesses on the path of the rail line. Those still in charge will spend the next year cleaning up the mess.

Honolulu Rail’s West Side Station Costs Are Soaring Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail’s West Side Station Costs Are Soaring

The HART board is poised to approve an $18 million deal to resolve about 150 construction claims. More claims on those stations remain.

Attorneys Who Requested Honolulu Rail Subpoenas No Longer At DOJ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Attorneys Who Requested Honolulu Rail Subpoenas No Longer At DOJ

It’s not clear how the departures have impacted the federal probe that’s ensnared the rail project, if at all.

Feds Say Honolulu Rail’s Relocation Payments Are A Mess And Must Be Redone Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Feds Say Honolulu Rail’s Relocation Payments Are A Mess And Must Be Redone

HART first self-reported its “potential problems” last year. A new federal report shows just how bad those violations actually were.

Caldwell: Delay Of Dillingham Rail Plan Reaching ‘Crisis’ Level Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Caldwell: Delay Of Dillingham Rail Plan Reaching ‘Crisis’ Level

Rail officials admit progress on a utility relocation plan has been too slow. The mayor worries that nearby residents and businesses will pay the price.

Feds Approve Rail’s Recovery Plan, Signaling Continued Support Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Feds Approve Rail’s Recovery Plan, Signaling Continued Support

The FTA won’t release rail’s remaining $744 million, however, until the project’s actual costs are clearer.

Legislative Leaders Need To Crack Down On Their HART Appointees Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Legislative Leaders Need To Crack Down On Their HART Appointees

The four members appointed by lawmakers rarely show up, weakening promised legislative oversight on a project that is wildly over budget.

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.

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