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Honolulu Rail Project

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.

Honolulu Taxpayers Now On The Hook To Help Build Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Taxpayers Now On The Hook To Help Build Rail

UPDATED: The City Council move may satisfy rail’s impatient federal partners, but it also reverses a pledge not to use city dollars for construction.

Will Voters Make It Easier For Honolulu Rail Board To Make Decisions? Hawaiian Electric Co.

Will Voters Make It Easier For Honolulu Rail Board To Make Decisions?

Legislators added nonvoting members for more project scrutiny, but the move made it harder for the board to reach a quorum.

City Taxpayers Move Closer To Covering Rail Costs After Council Vote Cory Lum/Civil Beat

City Taxpayers Move Closer To Covering Rail Costs After Council Vote

Backed in a corner, the Honolulu City Council took steps Wednesday to commit $44 million in bonds to help build the 20-mile rail system.

The Strange Intersection Of A Rail Deadline And City Council Politics Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Strange Intersection Of A Rail Deadline And City Council Politics

The incumbent has stalled council bills considered crucial for the project, while the challenger is a close ally of the mayor who leads the charge for rail.

Neal Milner: Rail’s Public-Private Partnership Idea Is A Desperate Cry For Help Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: Rail’s Public-Private Partnership Idea Is A Desperate Cry For Help

The city is in a lousy bargaining position in its search for a partner to finish construction and operate the system.