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Honolulu Rail Project

Honolulu Mayoral Candidates Can’t — Or Won’t — Say What They’ll Do About Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Mayoral Candidates Can’t — Or Won’t — Say What They’ll Do About Rail

Facing a more than $1 billion deficit, Amemiya and Blangiardi say they don’t have enough information to map out the next steps to finish the project.

Honolulu Rail Cost Now at $9.9 Billion But That Estimate Will Likely Grow Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail Cost Now at $9.9 Billion But That Estimate Will Likely Grow

The FTA considers rail the most “challenged and troubled project that they’re dealing with,” according to the HART board’s vice chairman.

Honolulu Rail’s New Budget Hole Estimated At More Than $1 Billion Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail’s New Budget Hole Estimated At More Than $1 Billion

Project leaders will likely struggle to secure more funding amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Honolulu Mayor Candidates Say They’d Finish Rail As Planned But Not How They’d Pay For It

Honolulu Mayor Candidates Say They’d Finish Rail As Planned But Not How They’d Pay For It

But the situation with the more than $9 billion project is so fluid right now that both Amemiya and Blangiardi struggle to say how they’ll handle it.

Honolulu Pulls Out Of Public-Private Partnership Plan For Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Pulls Out Of Public-Private Partnership Plan For Rail

The rail agency insists it’s still trying to make the P3 deal work though.

Honolulu Rail Board May Replace CEO Andrew Robbins Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail Board May Replace CEO Andrew Robbins

The rail agency has struggled to award the last major construction contract to build the full 20-mile transit project.

Crucial Contract For Honolulu Rail Project Delayed For 6th Time Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Crucial Contract For Honolulu Rail Project Delayed For 6th Time

City Council Chair Ikaika Anderson says “the process sucks,” referring to how this major public-private partnership award is made.

Rail’s P3 Proposals Finally Arrive But Costs Remain Sealed Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Rail’s P3 Proposals Finally Arrive But Costs Remain Sealed

UPDATED: The bids won’t be publicly released until the contract is awarded by unidentified officials. That’s expected to take at least another month.

HART: COVID-19 Could Cost Rail $450 Million Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HART: COVID-19 Could Cost Rail $450 Million

“Conservative” projections show the pandemic may trigger a steep drop in the excise and hotel room taxes that finance the project.