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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.
Is Honolulu Rail Agency Too Quick To Condemn Property? Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Is Honolulu Rail Agency Too Quick To Condemn Property?

Landowners argue HART jumps the gun when it starts condemnation proceedings before negotiations are finished.
Why Isn’t Honolulu Helping Businesses Hurt By Rail Construction? Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Why Isn’t Honolulu Helping Businesses Hurt By Rail Construction?

The City Council passed two measures to aid businesses along the rail line but never provided any money.

Rail Project Gets Some Much-Needed Money Management Help From State Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Rail Project Gets Some Much-Needed Money Management Help From State

A little-noticed provision of the Legislature’s rail bailout bill could pay dividends as new members join the HART board.

Legislative Leaders Appoint Four People To Honolulu Rail Board Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Legislative Leaders Appoint Four People To Honolulu Rail Board

The state budget director and others are tasked with bringing more accountability to the project, even though they’re nonvoting members.

Chad Blair: Pro-Rail Groups Spent $200K On Special Session Lobbying Blitz www.finishrailnow.com

Chad Blair: Pro-Rail Groups Spent $200K On Special Session Lobbying Blitz

Most of the money came from developers, laborers and contractors with a stake in the Honolulu rail project. 

Honolulu Rail Deal Fallout: Neighbor Islands Want A More Open Legislature Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail Deal Fallout: Neighbor Islands Want A More Open Legislature

County councils say state lawmakers should follow open meeting laws, even though they’re not legally required to.

City Must Find $160 Million To Pay For Rail Agency’s Employees Cory Lum/Civil Beat

City Must Find $160 Million To Pay For Rail Agency’s Employees

Those costs had been covered by general excise tax revenue, but the legislative bailout requires that money to be used only for construction.

The Estimated Cost Of Honolulu Rail Just Dropped By $1 Billion Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Estimated Cost Of Honolulu Rail Just Dropped By $1 Billion

A $10 billion figure was often cited as rail’s total cost, but HART tells the feds it thinks it can finish the project for $9 billion.

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