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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, 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.

Emerging Plan Would Pump Hotel Room Tax Revenue Into Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Emerging Plan Would Pump Hotel Room Tax Revenue Into Rail

HART is looking into helping to cover a $3.6 billion shortfall with a share of a new 3% city hotel tax, but the City Council is noncommittal and the hotel industry is wary.

Council Members Call For Honolulu Rail Critic To Stay On HART Board Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

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

Updated: The nomination of Joe Uno’s proposed replacement, Anthony Aalto, could go before the full City Council next week.

OIP To Investigate HART For Possible Sunshine Law Violations Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

OIP To Investigate HART For Possible Sunshine Law Violations

Normally there’s a six-month cutoff to investigate such matters, but OIP made an exception due to the “significant public interest” in HART.

Another Questionable Million-Dollar Honolulu Rail Contract? Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Another Questionable Million-Dollar Honolulu Rail Contract?

Documents suggest a contract for federal lobbying services was already a done deal before it was put out to bid.

Emails Show Hanabusa Was Doing Rail Work Before She Got A Big Contract Cory Lum/Civil Beat

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

Colleen Hanabusa says she drafted bills and monitored legislation on her own, not because she expected a contract or financial reward from the transit board.

HART Asks The City To Borrow Up To $550 Million To Keep Rail Moving Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

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

The rail authority has also been borrowing on its own to cover its costs and pay its contractors.

Honolulu Rail Chief Says Ridership Projections Have Dropped Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail Chief Says Ridership Projections Have Dropped

Rail authority CEO Lori Kahikina provided no details, but said she believes public interest in riding the train is still high.

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