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What Honolulu Rail Planners Can Learn From Puerto Rico Marcel Honore

What Honolulu Rail Planners Can Learn From Puerto Rico

San Juan’s Tren Urbano, an elevated, heavy rail system like that planned in Honolulu, has struggled with low ridership and cost overruns.

Feds: Honolulu Rail Is Still Short By $134 Million Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Feds: Honolulu Rail Is Still Short By $134 Million

UPDATED: A new federal report on the transit project’s risks pushes its completion back nearly a year and says it needs even more cash.

Caldwell Wants To Sell $44 Million In City Bonds For Rail Natanya Freidheim/Civil Beat

Caldwell Wants To Sell $44 Million In City Bonds For Rail

UPDATED: The Honolulu mayor said there’s a tight time line to gain council approval and start funneling city money to the project’s construction.

Blood Bank Paying A High Price In Its Dispute With Honolulu Rail Officials Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Blood Bank Paying A High Price In Its Dispute With Honolulu Rail Officials

The nonprofit wants to abandon its headquarters long before trains start rumbling nearby. But the city is offering to buy only a strip of landscaping.

Feds May Require Honolulu To Sell Bonds For Rail Project Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Feds May Require Honolulu To Sell Bonds For Rail Project

The City Council’s latest plan to demonstrate a willingness to help pay for rail construction has hit a snag.

State Auditor Says Rail Agency Is Interfering With His Work Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State Auditor Says Rail Agency Is Interfering With His Work

Les Kondo says HART’s insistence on recording auditor interviews with staff members “is akin to management sitting in.”

New Plan Looks To Spare City From Cuts to Pay For Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New Plan Looks To Spare City From Cuts to Pay For Rail

The strategy involves big changes in HART’s financial accounting for the transit project.

Rail Leaders Look To Curb Runaway Costs With New Partners Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Rail Leaders Look To Curb Runaway Costs With New Partners

Honolulu’s rail agency is considering changing its strategy to complete the daunting construction work ahead.

HART’s Latest Rail Contract Is For $400M — Twice What It Had Estimated Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HART’s Latest Rail Contract Is For $400M — Twice What It Had Estimated

In a break with past practice, the agency did not release the amounts that companies bid for the work to relocate utilities.

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