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Honolulu Rail Project

Audit: Heavy Reliance On Consultants Is Causing Problems For Honolulu Rail Project Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Audit: Heavy Reliance On Consultants Is Causing Problems For Honolulu Rail Project

“Consultants often manage consultants, who manage other consultants,” the state audit found, and HART doesn’t hold them accountable.

Honolulu Will Pay Train Maker $160 Million To Cover Rail Delays Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Will Pay Train Maker $160 Million To Cover Rail Delays

Rail officials said the settlement with Ansaldo covers a delay of more than 2,000 days.

Audit: Honolulu Rail Agency Hid True Costs From Public View Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Audit: Honolulu Rail Agency Hid True Costs From Public View

UPDATED: The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation did not even level with its own board of directors about ballooning expenses, a new report says.

Honolulu Meets Federal Demands On Rail Project Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Meets Federal Demands On Rail Project

City and rail officials satisfied federal requirements that they spend $44 million in local funds on the project, pursue a public-private partnership and update their financial recovery plan.

The Cost Of Honolulu Rail’s Westside Stations Keeps Going Up Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Cost Of Honolulu Rail’s Westside Stations Keeps Going Up

HART had boasted of savings from its decision to build the nine stations three at a time. But those savings have disappeared.

Pod Squad: Honolulu Rail CEO Promises Passenger Service In 2020 Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: Honolulu Rail CEO Promises Passenger Service In 2020

Andrew Robbins, executive director of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, foresees “interim service” from East Kapolei to Aloha Stadium.

Six-Figure Deal To Cover UH Rail Costs ‘Slipped Through The Cracks’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Six-Figure Deal To Cover UH Rail Costs ‘Slipped Through The Cracks’

HART says it fixed its process so the glitch won’t reoccur, but it’s unclear if the agency missed other contracts.

HART Approves Rail’s Recovery Plan – Again Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HART Approves Rail’s Recovery Plan – Again

The move is intended to free up more than $700 million withheld by the project’s federal partners.

Voters Shooting Down HART Board Charter Amendment Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Voters Shooting Down HART Board Charter Amendment

The proposal would have made it easier for the board overseeing the Honolulu rail project to take action.

Honolulu To Take Out Short-Term Loan Of $44 Million To Keep Rail Going Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu To Take Out Short-Term Loan Of $44 Million To Keep Rail Going

This marks the first time that city property tax revenue will be used for the project.

Danny De Gracia: We Should Be Angry About Rail’s Broken Promises Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: We Should Be Angry About Rail’s Broken Promises

The real surprise isn’t that it’s costing way more than we were told — it’s that we believed the promises in the first place.

Design Flaws May Delay Rail’s Interim Opening Set For 2020 Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Design Flaws May Delay Rail’s Interim Opening Set For 2020

Canopies planned for the project’s nine westernmost stations have “constructability issues,” said HART’s executive director.