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Extra Board Members Were Meant To Add Scrutiny On HART — But They Rarely Show Up Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Extra Board Members Were Meant To Add Scrutiny On HART — But They Rarely Show Up

UPDATED: Only one Legislature-appointed member has attended a board meeting since February, making it hard for the Honolulu rail project to get routine business done.

Honolulu Rail Officials Won’t Say Much About New Round Of Subpoenas Anthony Quintano / Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail Officials Won’t Say Much About New Round Of Subpoenas

The latest federal orders were served to an unspecified number of HART employees. The rail agency won’t say who or how many staff members got them.

Council Chair’s Proposal To Kill HART Dies Its Own Early Death Cory Lum/CIvil Beat

Council Chair’s Proposal To Kill HART Dies Its Own Early Death

The proposed resolution would have allowed voters to decide whether to end HART, but it didn’t clear its first reading.

Rail Faces More Uncertainty As Council Leader Tries To Abolish HART Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Rail Faces More Uncertainty As Council Leader Tries To Abolish HART

After years of missteps it’s time for the rail agency to be replaced by city control, Honolulu’s City Council chairman argues. HART says that’ll only make things worse.

Showdown Looms With Howard Hughes Over Parcels On Rail Route Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Showdown Looms With Howard Hughes Over Parcels On Rail Route

Negotiations to compensate the Kakaako landowner for properties critical to the project have broken down, with the parties as much as $100 million apart.

Proposal Would Give Honolulu Voters Chance To End HART Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Proposal Would Give Honolulu Voters Chance To End HART

The proposal, which rail leaders say comes from Honolulu City Council Chairman Ikaika Anderson, would place the city transportation department in charge of the remaining construction.

Honolulu Rail Will Spend Nearly $40 Million More On Change Order Fixes Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail Will Spend Nearly $40 Million More On Change Order Fixes

Despite the cost increases, the 20-mile, 21-station transit line is holding steady to HART’s latest, $8.14 billion construction budget, officials say.

Councilwoman: HART Should Cover Legal Costs For Subpoenas, Not City Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Councilwoman: HART Should Cover Legal Costs For Subpoenas, Not City

Heidi Tsuneyoshi has recently brought fresh scrutiny to HART. Now, she’s urging the city to reverse plans to cover the rail agency’s legal costs.

‘It’s A Struggle’: Rail Project Loses More Top Deputies At A Crucial Time Cory Lum/Civil Beat

‘It’s A Struggle’: Rail Project Loses More Top Deputies At A Crucial Time

Key personnel continue to leave the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation as rail construction nears its most critical crossroads.

Caldwell: Tax Hikes On Hotels, Investment Homes Can Cover Rail Operations Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Caldwell: Tax Hikes On Hotels, Investment Homes Can Cover Rail Operations

Those increases, coupled with appreciating property values on Oahu, should be enough to make it work, the mayor asserted Thursday. But the proposal is light on specifics.

Honolulu Rail Officials Hand-Deliver Recovery Plan To Feds Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail Officials Hand-Deliver Recovery Plan To Feds

The trip to San Francisco was made in hopes that the Federal Transit Administration will start releasing more money for the project.

Sterling Higa: Make Our Rail Stations Attractive And Useful Destinations Getty Images

Sterling Higa: Make Our Rail Stations Attractive And Useful Destinations

These won’t be bus stops, and Honolulu would do well to look east to cities where transit centers are integrated into surrounding communities.