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Honolulu Rail Project Loses Its Top Right-Of-Way Official Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail Project Loses Its Top Right-Of-Way Official

The departure of Abbey Mayer is the latest in a string of more than 16 managers, directors and other top personnel to leave HART.

Feds: Honolulu Needs $250 Million More To Complete Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Feds: Honolulu Needs $250 Million More To Complete Rail

Local officials believe their $8.16 billion cost estimate remains sound, despite the shortfall identified in an unreleased draft report.

Honolulu Is Finally Catching Up With New Smart-Card System

Honolulu Is Finally Catching Up With New Smart-Card System

The city is set to test its new smart-card pass this summer and then launch the full system early next year.

Ernie Martin Regains Council Chairmanship As Council Squabbles Over Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ernie Martin Regains Council Chairmanship As Council Squabbles Over Rail

Outgoing chairman Ron Menor pleads for his colleagues to “rise above personal differences and political ambitions.”

Original Rail Budget Included Bogus Numbers For Station Designs Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Original Rail Budget Included Bogus Numbers For Station Designs

HART officials say their predecessors made “placeholder” estimates without studying their legitimacy.

Rail Agency To Buy Trucks For Power Company — And Save $130M Hawaiian Electric Co.

Rail Agency To Buy Trucks For Power Company — And Save $130M

It’s a rare financial bright spot for the massive Honolulu project, which has struggled to stay on budget.

Honolulu Rail May Have To Give Up Nearly $4 Million to Feds Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail May Have To Give Up Nearly $4 Million to Feds

HART officials say a review of compensation payments to property owners has turned up possible violations of federal law.

Rail Promised Lots Of Jobs But There’s No Sure Count Of What It’s Delivering Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Rail Promised Lots Of Jobs But There’s No Sure Count Of What It’s Delivering

HART doesn’t keep track of the totals, but its point-in-time counts suggest fewer people are employed than had been projected.

HART Board Hits A Snag In Deal Saving Taxpayers $130 Million Hawaiian Electric Co.

HART Board Hits A Snag In Deal Saving Taxpayers $130 Million

Recent changes increasing the rail board's membership are hampering its ability to approve key actions.
Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation