Civil Beat Topics

Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation

Feds Anxious To Know How Honolulu Will Pay For Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Feds Anxious To Know How Honolulu Will Pay For Rail

With no agreement on new tax increases for rail, the city still can’t tell federal officials how they’ll cover the price tag for completing the 20-mile long project.

Honolulu Rail: Caldwell’s Lack Of Leadership Is A Continuing Problem Caleb Hartsfield/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail: Caldwell’s Lack Of Leadership Is A Continuing Problem

Mayor Kirk Caldwell should be working to pull people together to solve the rail issue. Instead, he’s pointing fingers — and not at himself.

City And Tourist Industry Blast Hotel Tax Hike As A Bad Idea Cory Lum/Civil Beat

City And Tourist Industry Blast Hotel Tax Hike As A Bad Idea

Critics say the the proposed 30% increase would leave Honolulu with one of the highest hotel tax rates in the country.

Cayetano To Trump: Cut Honolulu Rail Funds Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Cayetano To Trump: Cut Honolulu Rail Funds

UPDATE: The former Hawaii governor is asking the president to withhold $800 million in federal money for the rail project.

Report: Rail Could Save Big With Private Financing Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Report: Rail Could Save Big With Private Financing

The report, commissioned by the Ulupono Initiative, suggests a new kind of contracting for finishing the troubled project

Experts Tell Honolulu Rail What Needs To Be Fixed Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Experts Tell Honolulu Rail What Needs To Be Fixed

Despite meeting “best practices” in several areas, the project has room for improvement in others, panel finds.

UH Report: State’s Cut Of Honolulu Rail Tax ‘Exorbitant’ Anthony Quintano / Civil Beat

UH Report: State’s Cut Of Honolulu Rail Tax ‘Exorbitant’

The report by the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization says the so-called “skim” is far in excess of the state’s actual costs

Senate Leader Opposes Fast-Tracking Honolulu Rail Bill Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Senate Leader Opposes Fast-Tracking Honolulu Rail Bill

Despite a federal deadline, Ways and Means Chair Jill Tokuda said the Legislature must dedicate time to hearing from the public.

$9.5 Billion For Honolulu Rail? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

$9.5 Billion For Honolulu Rail?

It’s the financial terms of the project that could drive the cost up. Those elements are still unknown.

Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation