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Honolulu Rail Project

Feds: Honolulu Needs $250 Million More To Complete Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Feds: Honolulu Needs $250 Million More To Complete Rail

Local officials believe their $8.16 billion cost estimate remains sound, despite the shortfall identified in an unreleased draft report.

How Will Honolulu Pay To Run Rail Once It’s Built? The City Still Doesn’t Know Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How Will Honolulu Pay To Run Rail Once It’s Built? The City Still Doesn’t Know

Many other rail transit systems rely on special sales taxes to pay what passenger fares don’t cover.

Honolulu Officials Promise Feds They’re On Board With Rail Money Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Honolulu Officials Promise Feds They’re On Board With Rail Money

Mayor Kirk Caldwell and Councilmen Ernie Martin and Trevor Ozawa say they are committed to finishing the city’s $9 billion rail project.

Council Leaders, Mayor Caldwell Will Talk With Feds In DC About Rail Funding Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Council Leaders, Mayor Caldwell Will Talk With Feds In DC About Rail Funding

Honolulu Council Chair Ernie Martin and Budget Chair Trevor Ozawa, who proposed big cuts in the city budget to raise rail funds, will travel with the mayor to the Capitol.

Ernie Martin Regains Council Chairmanship As Council Squabbles Over Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ernie Martin Regains Council Chairmanship As Council Squabbles Over Rail

Outgoing chairman Ron Menor pleads for his colleagues to “rise above personal differences and political ambitions.”

Original Rail Budget Included Bogus Numbers For Station Designs Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Original Rail Budget Included Bogus Numbers For Station Designs

HART officials say their predecessors made “placeholder” estimates without studying their legitimacy.

Yet Another Speed Bump Ahead For Rail As City Council Reorganizes Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Yet Another Speed Bump Ahead For Rail As City Council Reorganizes

A power shift at Honolulu Hale rekindles debate over how to cover the costs of the project as it faces federal scrutiny.

Rail Agency To Buy Trucks For Power Company — And Save $130M Hawaiian Electric Co.

Rail Agency To Buy Trucks For Power Company — And Save $130M

It’s a rare financial bright spot for the massive Honolulu project, which has struggled to stay on budget.

State May Divert $500,000 A Year To Cover Its Own Rail Project Costs Anthony Quintano / Civil Beat

State May Divert $500,000 A Year To Cover Its Own Rail Project Costs

A House bill could take a total of $6.5 million out of rail’s recovery plan, which is already stretched thin.

Honolulu’s Share Of The Bill For Rail Just Got $54 Million Bigger Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu’s Share Of The Bill For Rail Just Got $54 Million Bigger

At a budget preview Friday, Mayor Kirk Caldwell acknowledged the city will have to cover more of the project’s cost.

Honolulu Businesses Hurt By Rail May Finally Get Help Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Honolulu Businesses Hurt By Rail May Finally Get Help

City Councilman Joey Manahan’s bill would set up a system to distribute money previously set aside to assist affected businesses.

Honolulu Rail May Have To Give Up Nearly $4 Million to Feds Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail May Have To Give Up Nearly $4 Million to Feds

HART officials say a review of compensation payments to property owners has turned up possible violations of federal law.

July 2018

Thursday, July 19

Rep. Sylvia Luke: Move Rail Inland To Avoid Sea-Level Rise

Monday, July 9

What Honolulu Rail Planners Can Learn From Puerto Rico

Monday, July 2

Feds: Honolulu Rail Is Still Short By $134 Million

June 2018

Friday, June 22

Caldwell Wants To Sell $44 Million In City Bonds For Rail

Thursday, June 14

Blood Bank Paying A High Price In Its Dispute With Honolulu Rail Officials

Tuesday, June 12

A Republican Governor Would Bring New Uncertainty To Rail Project

Wednesday, June 6

Feds May Require Honolulu To Sell Bonds For Rail Project

May 2018

Thursday, May 31

State Auditor Says Rail Agency Is Interfering With His Work

Wednesday, May 30

Winner Of Governor’s Race Will Have Stronger Hand In Rail Project

Monday, May 14

Rail Leaders Look To Curb Runaway Costs With New Partners

Monday, May 7

HART’s Latest Rail Contract Is For $400M — Twice What It Had Estimated

Wednesday, May 2

Honolulu Rail Project Loses Its Top Right-Of-Way Official

April 2018

Monday, April 23

Feds: Honolulu Needs $250 Million More To Complete Rail

Friday, April 20

How Will Honolulu Pay To Run Rail Once It’s Built? The City Still Doesn’t Know

Monday, April 16

Honolulu Officials Promise Feds They’re On Board With Rail Money

Wednesday, April 11

Council Leaders, Mayor Caldwell Will Talk With Feds In DC About Rail Funding

March 2018

Monday, March 19

Ernie Martin Regains Council Chairmanship As Council Squabbles Over Rail

Friday, March 16

Original Rail Budget Included Bogus Numbers For Station Designs

Wednesday, March 14

Yet Another Speed Bump Ahead For Rail As City Council Reorganizes

Friday, March 9

Rail Agency To Buy Trucks For Power Company — And Save $130M

Tuesday, March 6

State May Divert $500,000 A Year To Cover Its Own Rail Project Costs

Friday, March 2

Honolulu’s Share Of The Bill For Rail Just Got $54 Million Bigger

February 2018

Monday, February 26

Honolulu Businesses Hurt By Rail May Finally Get Help

Thursday, February 22

Honolulu Rail May Have To Give Up Nearly $4 Million to Feds

Wednesday, February 14

Rail Promised Lots Of Jobs But There’s No Sure Count Of What It’s Delivering

January 2018

Thursday, January 25

HART Board Hits A Snag In Deal Saving Taxpayers $130 Million

Tuesday, January 23

Is Honolulu Rail Agency Too Quick To Condemn Property?

Monday, January 8

Honolulu Rail Recovery Plan Remains A Work In Progress

Wednesday, January 3

Honolulu Must Help Businesses Hurt By Rail Construction

Tuesday, January 2

Why Isn’t Honolulu Helping Businesses Hurt By Rail Construction?

December 2017

Tuesday, December 5

It’s Not Too Late To Build Rail Better

November 2017

Thursday, November 30

Could Self-Driving Cars And Buses Replace The Last Leg Of Rail?

Monday, November 27

Two More Condo And Hotel Towers Proposed For Ala Moana

Friday, November 17

Rail Board OKs Preliminary Step To Push Route Past Ala Moana

Thursday, November 16

Will Rail Go To Manoa And Waikiki After All?

October 2017

Wednesday, October 25

Legislative Leaders Appoint Four People To Honolulu Rail Board

Monday, October 9

Honolulu Rail Deal Fallout: Neighbor Islands Want A More Open Legislature

Wednesday, October 4

City Must Find $160 Million To Pay For Rail Agency’s Employees

September 2017

Monday, September 18

The Estimated Cost Of Honolulu Rail Just Dropped By $1 Billion

Thursday, September 14

Honolulu Rail Board: What Do You Do With A $2.4 Billion Bailout?

Tuesday, September 12

Honolulu Rail: Hawaii Lawmakers Deserve Credit For Doing Their Job

Tuesday, September 5

Will Kalihi Redevelopment Push Out Current Residents And Businesses?

How the Legislature’s ‘Big Five’ Crafted A Deal To Rescue Honolulu Rail

August 2017

Wednesday, August 30

Lawmakers Skeptical That Hotel Room Tax Hike Would Hurt Hawaii Tourism

Monday, August 28

$2.4 Billion Rail Rescue Plan Clears Another Senate Hurdle

Honolulu Mayor Urges Lawmakers To Put More Money In Rail Bailout Bill

Any Bailout Of Honolulu Rail Must Include Tough State Oversight

Rail Bailout Bill Requires Sweeping Audit

3 Things That Could Derail The Honolulu Rail Bailout

Reader Rep: Deceptiveness and Secrecy Mark Honolulu Rail Project

Thursday, August 24

Lawmakers Strike Deal To Increase Hotel Tax, GET To Pay For Rail

Tuesday, August 22

Why Hotels Will Likely Get Stuck With Honolulu Rail Tab

Monday, August 21

More Alternative Uses for the Honolulu Rail Line

Monday, August 14

Hawaii Lawmakers Not Sold On Rail Tax Extension

Monday, August 7

Lawmakers Consider Having Neighbor Islands Help Pay For Oahu’s Troubled Rail Project

Friday, August 4

Honolulu Rail Art Celebrates Hawaiian Culture

July 2017

Wednesday, July 12

City Council OKs Issuing $350 Million In Bonds For Rail Construction

Friday, July 7

Legislature Schedules Special Session On Rail Funding In Late August

Here’s Who Might Get Stung Hardest By Any New Rail Taxes

Thursday, July 6

Waipahu Businesses Have Hopes For Rail — If They Can Survive Construction

June 2017

Wednesday, June 28

Special Permits Near Honolulu Rail Line Attract Proposals For Big Hotels

Friday, June 23

Honolulu Rail Project’s Budget Increased By 11.5 Percent

Tuesday, June 20

How HART Tried — And Failed — To Keep Rail Records Secret

Monday, June 19

Legislature Plans To Hold Special Session On Honolulu Rail Funding

Friday, June 9

People Who Have The Most to Gain From Rail Are Still Skeptical

Thursday, June 1

Civil Beat Poll: Caldwell Is As Unpopular As Trump In Hawaii

May 2017

Tuesday, May 30

HART Takes Its Train Out For A Test Drive Along The Rail Guideway

Tuesday, May 23

New School Fees Approved Along Final Stretch Of Rail Line

Wednesday, May 17

Budget Committee Scraps Property Tax Hike For Hotels

Wednesday, May 10

City Searches For A Way To Encourage Affordable Housing Near Rail Stops

Monday, May 1

New Rail Plan Renews Commitment To Building To Ala Moana

April 2017

Friday, April 21

Cayetano To Trump: Cut Honolulu Rail Funds

Tuesday, April 11

Honolulu Climate Change Office Hasn’t Opened, But It’s Already Shrinking

Wednesday, April 5

House Panel Ponies Up Another $1.2 Billion For Honolulu Rail

March 2017

Wednesday, March 22

Council OK’s Bill Eliminating Cap On Rail Money

Monday, March 20

Report: Rail Could Save Big With Private Financing

February 2017

Wednesday, February 15

As Two Tax Bills Advance, Honolulu Rail Has Legislators’ Attention

Wednesday, February 8

Bill Eliminating Cap On Rail Money Moves Forward

Thursday, February 2

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

January 2017

Wednesday, January 18

Rail Project’s Huge Shortfall Looms Over Legislature’s Opening Day

Friday, January 13

Death And Taxes: Two Certainties For This Year’s Hawaii Legislature

Tuesday, January 3

Does Council’s New Leadership Mean A Smoother Ride For Rail?

December 2016

Wednesday, December 21

Senate Leader Opposes Fast-Tracking Honolulu Rail Bill

Thursday, December 15

Mayor’s Prediction Of More Rail Problems Comes True Immediately

Wednesday, December 7

Feds Extend Deadline for Honolulu Rail Recovery Plan

Friday, December 2

$9.5 Billion For Honolulu Rail?

November 2016

Thursday, November 10

HART Board Gets New Chair

October 2016

Friday, October 28

Nohara Appointed To Rail Board

Friday, October 21

Almost Three-Quarters Of Voters Want To Strengthen Police Panel

Thursday, October 20

Honolulu Voters Don’t Love Rail, But They Still Want The Job Done

Wednesday, October 12

Cartoonist Vs. The Rail

August 2016

Wednesday, August 31

Djou: No Tax Increase For Honolulu Rail — Yet

Friday, August 26

Secret No More: Rail Subcontractors Received $235M In One Year

Thursday, August 18

Grabauskas Resigns As HART Executive Director

Saturday, August 13

Caldwell, Djou Headed For Runoff In Honolulu Mayor’s Race

Friday, August 12

Take A Ride On The Honolulu Rail Route Alternatives

Wednesday, August 10

How Will Honolulu’s Next Mayor Pay To Finish The Rail Project?

Tuesday, August 2

Ad Watch: Carlisle Says You Can Trust Him To Build Rail Right

July 2016

Tuesday, July 26

As Caldwell And Djou Sharpen Attacks, Carlisle Goes For Laughs

Friday, July 22

FTA Gives Honolulu More Time For Rail Plan

Caldwell Ad ‘Fact-Checks’ Djou on Rail, Homelessness

Tuesday, July 19

HART Signs $875M Contract To Build Rail To Middle Street

Thursday, July 14

Djou’s First TV Ad Attacks Mayor Caldwell As Untrustworthy

Wednesday, July 6

New Honolulu Rail Board Member Climbs Aboard With Council Approval

June 2016

Tuesday, June 28

In Latest Campaign Spot, Caldwell Accentuates The Positive

Thursday, June 16

Hopelessly Over-Budget, Rail Should Stop At Middle Street, Mayor Says

Thursday, June 2

Honolulu Charter Commission Sees ‘Urgent’ Need For Rail Changes

May 2016

Tuesday, May 24

HART Has Bigger Problems Than Utilities

Tuesday, May 17

Does Colbert Matsumoto Have A Conflict Of Interest With Rail?

Monday, May 16

Future of Honolulu Rail Uncertain After Feds Say It Might Cost $8.1B

Friday, May 13

Honolulu Rail Price Estimate Jumps To $6.9B

Carlisle Wants To Be Mayor Of Honolulu, Again

Thursday, May 5

Rail Contractor Gets ‘Public Apology’ After Bitter Lawsuit Ends

Wednesday, May 4

Caldwell: ‘I Want To Keep This Job’

April 2016

Thursday, April 28

‘Final’ Price Tag For Rail Not Expected Until Next Year

Thursday, April 21

Hanabusa Takes Over As Chairwoman Of Honolulu Rail Board

Wednesday, April 20

Caldwell Taps Insurance Exec For HART

Tuesday, April 19

Honolulu Rail Project Expected To Cost The DOE Millions For New Schools

Martin Pulls Papers For Mayoral Bid

Friday, April 15

HART Continues Its Assault On Audit That Criticizes Rail Project

Thursday, April 14

Grabauskas: Honolulu Rail Audit ‘A Mess’

Monday, April 11

HART Board Chairman Resigns Amid Questions About Rail Cost Overruns

February 2016

Thursday, February 25

Rail Vote Suit Dismissed, Appeal Likely

Monday, February 1

Caldwell Signs Honolulu Rail Tax Extension

January 2016

Wednesday, January 27

Honolulu City Council Approves Rail Tax Extension

Wednesday, January 13

Tax Extension Revenue For Honolulu Rail Chugs Ahead

Tuesday, January 12

Five Unanswered Questions About Honolulu’s $6.6 Billion Rail Project

December 2015

Tuesday, December 22

HART OKs New Contract For Rail Stations

What Could $1.5 Billion Buy You (Besides More Of The Rail Project)?

Wednesday, December 9

City Council Considers Killing Proposed Cap On Honolulu Rail Tax

Friday, December 4

When Half A Train Is Better Than None

November 2015

Monday, November 23

Under The Microscope: Honolulu Included In Federal Rail Audit

Wednesday, November 18

Honolulu Rail Tax Extension Gets Preliminary OK

Tuesday, November 17

HART Finds Savings With Latest Honolulu Rail Bids

Monday, November 16

Caldwell: Honolulu Would Be ‘Lolo’ To Imperil Its Federal Funds for Rail

Friday, November 13

Caldwell: Feds Withholding Honolulu Rail Funds Until Council Acts

Thursday, November 12

Is Honolulu Rail Project’s Future At Stake In Dispute Over Council’s Budget Role?

October 2015

Wednesday, October 21

City Budget Committee Mulls Tougher Line, Possible Cap on Rail Spending

Honolulu Rail’s Big Cash Problem

Thursday, October 15

HART Board Waiting on Honolulu City Council for Rail Cash

September 2015

Friday, September 11

Honolulu Rail Consultant Under Ethics Probe for Boat Trip with Contractor

August 2015

Thursday, August 20

Key Rail Contractor Tangled Up in Fraud Allegations in Hawaii Courts

June 2015

Thursday, June 11

Rail Operating Costs: A Looming Financial Crisis That Will Cost Taxpayers Billions

Monday, June 1

Hanabusa Picked to Help Monitor Honolulu Rail Project

May 2015

Wednesday, May 13

Inside the Rail Checkbook: More than $1 Billion Spent but Few Details to Go Along With It

Tuesday, May 5

Honolulu Rail Tax Extension Clears the Legislature

Council Chair: No ‘Easy Sell’ for Honolulu Rail Tax

April 2015

Wednesday, April 29

Deal on Honolulu Rail Tax Remains Up in the Air

Monday, April 27

Roads for Rail? Hawaii Senators Pitch New Tax Idea

Thursday, April 23

Work on Rail Tax Compromise Moves Behind Closed Doors

Wednesday, April 22

Civil Beat Poll: Most Voters Oppose Honolulu Rail Tax Extension

Monday, April 13

Secret Subcontractors: What Honolulu Rail Officials Aren’t Telling You

Tuesday, April 7

Senators Give Honolulu Rail ‘A Great Deal of Opportunity’

Monday, April 6

Is Ige On Board With Extending Honolulu Rail Tax?

Wednesday, April 1

Lawmaker Frustration Leads to New Call for Rail Audit

March 2015

Monday, March 30

Railing Against Honolulu’s $6 Billion Rail Project

Lawmakers to Hold Community Town Hall Meeting on Rail

Honolulu Rail: Big Questions Demand a Legislative Special Session

Wednesday, March 25

Frequent Fliers: Nearly $500K Spent on Rail Travel to Date

Thursday, March 19

Honolulu Rail Tax: How Long Will It Go?

Wednesday, March 4

Hawaii Legislature: Not So Fast on More Taxes for Rail

Math Problem: Does Honolulu Rail GET Shortfall Really Add Up?

Tuesday, March 3

Honolulu Rail Construction Proposals Millions Higher Than Expected

February 2015

Tuesday, February 24

Behind Closed Doors: Honolulu Rail Officials Planned Political Strategy in Executive Session

Thursday, February 19

Schatz: Protecting Federal Money for Rail a Top Priority

Thursday, February 12

Honolulu Rail Tax Alive, But Ige Still Has Questions

Wednesday, February 11

HART: Rail Could Run Out of Cash By This Summer

Monday, February 2

Large Rail Contractors Dump $1.3 Million into Local Campaign Coffers

January 2015

Friday, January 30

At Least $1.25B Has Been Spent on Rail So Far, But Where Has All the Money Gone?

Thursday, January 29

What Can We Do About the Rail? Nothing. Tackle Traffic Congestion!

Monday, January 26

State Lawmakers Lambaste Mayor Over Request to Extend Rail Tax

Thursday, January 22

Honolulu Rail Deficit Could Be Closer to $1 Billion

October 2014

Friday, October 3

How Safe Has the Honolulu Rail Project Been?

September 2014

Wednesday, September 10

Feds: ‘Aggressive Cost Containment’ Needed for Rail Project

Tuesday, September 9

High Construction Costs Could Delay Honolulu Rail Opening

May 2014

Saturday, May 10

Honolulu Rail Takes Shape, City Prepares for Development Boom

Tuesday, May 6

Companies Jockey for $1 Billion Worth of Honolulu Rail Contracts

March 2014

Saturday, March 15

Low Cash Flow Leads Rail Authority to Ask Honolulu for $1.5 Billion Loan

February 2014

Wednesday, February 19

Hele On: Courts Rule in Favor of Honolulu Rail

December 2013

Friday, December 27

Urban High: Rail Lets Honolulu Grow Up

Tuesday, December 17

Honolulu Rail Audit: Too Many Consultants, Too Little Accountability

Saturday, December 7

Honolulu Rail Exec Had Been VP at Firm That Just Won New Rail Contract

November 2013

Wednesday, November 27

New Engineer Takes Over Honolulu Rail Project

October 2013

Wednesday, October 9

Tunnel Vision? Not When It Comes to Honolulu’s High Stakes Rail Project

September 2013

Thursday, September 5

Honolulu Rail’s New $27 Million Safety Feature to Avert Track Fatalities

July 2013

Monday, July 15

Honolulu Rail: Where Are We Now?

June 2013

Thursday, June 20

Honolulu Council Begging for Sea Level Rise Lawsuits

Tuesday, June 18

Inouye’s Chief of Staff Takes Over Honolulu Rail Advocacy Group

April 2013

Friday, April 12

Honolulu Rail CEO Explains Why He Deserves a $35,000 Bonus

Thursday, April 4

Protecting the Integrity of the Historic Preservation Review Process

January 2013

Thursday, January 10

Former Hawaii Gov. Cayetano Says He’ll Appeal Rail Ruling

December 2012

Friday, December 28

Court Ruling Keeps City Rail Project On Track, Honolulu Mayor Says

Thursday, December 13

$1.55 Billion Federal Rail Grant On The Line In Federal Case

November 2012

Monday, November 19

FTA Says It Will Sign $1.55 Billion Deal For Honolulu Rail Project

Saturday, November 3

My Way Or The Highway: A Newcomer’s View Of The Honolulu Rail Debate

Friday, November 2

Federal Judge Issues Split Decision On Honolulu Rail Environmental Suit

October 2012

Monday, October 29

Civil Beat Poll – Cayetano Peaks, Caldwell Surges

Friday, October 26

Political Fight For Oahu’s GET Heats Up

Wednesday, October 10

Will A New Law Mean Federal Funding for Honolulu BRT?

Tuesday, October 9

More Iwi Discovered Along Honolulu Rail Route

Thursday, October 4

Honolulu Mayoral Debate: Caldwell Takes Some Swings

Wednesday, October 3

$1.5 Billion Budget for Cayetano’s Honolulu Traffic Proposal

Monday, October 1

Civil Beat Poll – Unwavering Rail Opposition Gives Cayetano Lead

September 2012

Thursday, September 27

Honolulu District 6 Hopefuls Vow To Repair And Rehabilitate

Friday, September 21

Honolulu Rail Delegation Seeks To Smooth Concerns In D.C.

Thursday, September 20

Cayetano: Bus Rapid Transit ‘Sweeping the Country’

Caldwell: Honolulu On Cutting Edge Of Driverless Rail Systems

Wednesday, September 12

Where Is Honolulu Rail’s Federal Funding?

Saturday, September 8

Ben and Kirk Talk Journalism And, Of Course, Politics

Thursday, September 6

Honolulu to Supreme Court: Keep Rail Construction Alive

August 2012

Friday, August 31

The Rail Election

Wednesday, August 29

Surf and Turf: An Analogy Between Hawaii Superferry and Honolulu Rail

Tuesday, August 28

Honolulu Rail Construction Stopped, Now What?

Wednesday, August 22

Judge’s Decision Looms Over Honolulu Rail

Saturday, August 18

At Last, Rail Lawsuit Is Getting Its Day in Court

July 2012

Thursday, July 26

Accused of Corruption, Mitsunagas Punch Back With Radio Ads

Cayetano: 2 in 100 Will Ride Rail, Half Will Be Bus Riders

Wednesday, July 11

Former Campaign Chief In Town To Back Cayetano

Tuesday, July 3

Honolulu Council Member Slapped with Record $6,500 Ethics Fine

June 2012

Thursday, June 28

Updated Rail Finance Plan Part of Formal Federal Funding Request

Tuesday, June 26

Honolulu Council Members Push for Audits of HART, Sewer

Monday, June 18

U.S. House Subcommittee Slices Money for Rail

Monday, June 11

Civil Beat Poll – Cayetano’s Grip On Honolulu Mayor’s Race Is Slipping

Thursday, June 7

Race To The Finish For Federal Rail Money

Filipino PR Flap Enflames Rail Talks

Saturday, June 2

Kobayashi: Voters in 2008 Didn’t Approve Current Rail Project

May 2012

Wednesday, May 30

Bus Rapid Transit: The Devil’s in the Details, But What Are They?

Friday, May 25

Supreme Court: Can Rail Avoid Hawaiian Burials?

Thursday, May 24

Pro-Rail Union Group Ups Ante Against Cayetano

Wednesday, May 23

Moderate Caldwell Says ‘Build Rail Better’

Friday, May 18

Judge Narrows Case in Honolulu Rail Lawsuit

Thursday, May 10

Dear Dan: Cayetano’s Email to Inouye

Tuesday, May 8

Grabauskas: Debt Ate 30% of Boston Transit Budget

April 2012

Tuesday, April 24

New Honolulu Rail Chief Talks a Good Game

Friday, April 13

New Rail Chief Sees Himself as Intermediary Between Council, Feds

Honolulu Council Keeps Rail Budget Intact

Thursday, April 12

Inouye: The Only Thing That Will Stop Rail is World War III

Saturday, April 7

Council Support Wavers As Key Rail Vote Looms

March 2012

Wednesday, March 28

Is Honolulu Rail Debt Causing Budget Cuts?

Monday, March 26

Is It ‘Reckless’ To Build Honolulu Rail Before Feds Commit Funds?

Friday, March 23

Rail Construction End Of Long Line for Permits

Monday, March 19

Cayetano’s Transit Plan Mirrors Harris’ in 2000

Wednesday, March 7

Are Honolulu Rail Backers’ New Radio Ads Accurate?

Tuesday, March 6

Lacking Support, Can Rail Backers Turn The Tide?

Thursday, March 1

Civil Beat Poll – Majority of Honolulu Voters Don’t Buy Rail Congestion Argument

Civil Beat Poll – 44% of Honolulu Voters Perceive Bias in Rail Coverage

Civil Beat Poll – Honolulu Rail Authority Hasn’t Won Voters’ Confidence

Civil Beat Poll – Honolulu Voters Oppose Rail Project

Grabauskas OK’d As Rail Chief Despite Soft Spot For Toru Hamayasu

February 2012

Wednesday, February 29

Off the Beat: What About the Mayor’s Calls for Transparency?

Monday, February 27

New Honolulu Rail Chief Was Late, Over Budget on His Biggest Project

Friday, February 24

HART Taps New Rail Chief: Grabauskas from Boston

Mayor Peter Carlisle’s Tale of Two Honolulus

Thursday, February 23

Carlisle on Rail Examined

Carlisle on Rail: ‘We Need to Keep Moving Forward’

Wednesday, February 22

Rail Will Do Nothing to Reduce Traffic Overload on Congested Highways

Thursday, February 16

Time to Get Serious About Rail Conversation

Tuesday, February 14

FTA Watching Opponents, Wants $250M for Honolulu Rail

Friday, February 10

Just How Deep Will Honolulu Rail’s Debt Be?

Thursday, February 9

Carlisle: Rail Will Take 40,000 Cars Off The Road

Tuesday, February 7

Sen. Inouye Can’t See the Forest When it Comes to Rail

Monday, February 6

Feds Green Light Honolulu Rail Construction

Profs Like Cayetano On Rail, But Not Ready To ‘Forgive and Forget’?

Thursday, February 2

Does Line-of-Credit Rail Plan Leave Honolulu Taxpayers on Hook?

January 2012

Friday, January 27

Off The Beat: So Much For Independent Rail

Money In The Bank Or ‘Bells and Whistles’ If Honolulu Rail Costs Less?

Emergency Rail Plan: Taxpayers Have Our Back

Saturday, January 21

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of Jan. 16 – 20

Friday, January 20

Cayetano: Rail A Wall of Concrete Snaking Along Honolulu’s Waterfront

Thursday, January 19

Cayetano: I’m Not a One-Issue Anti-Rail Candidate

Wednesday, January 18

Honolulu Officials Unlikely To Try To Extend Rail Tax

What Does the FTA Want From Honolulu Rail?

Saturday, January 14

Inside Honolulu — Government, Politics and Issues — Jan. 16-22

10 Must Read Stories From The Week Of Jan. 9 – 13

Wednesday, January 11

Honolulu Facing Five Major Issues In 2012

Could Honolulu’s Mayor Stop Rail Project?

Tuesday, January 10

Judge: Civil Beat Can Blog Honolulu Rail Lawsuit

Saturday, January 7

Inside Honolulu — Government, Politics and Issues — Jan. 9-15

Friday, January 6

‘Lot of Work To Do’ Before Feds Fund Honolulu Rail

Thursday, January 5

Honolulu to Feds: OK Rail Work Or Costs Rise $100M

Wednesday, January 4

Faith, Union Groups Seek Pro-Rail Spot in Lawsuit

December 2011

Saturday, December 31

Inside Honolulu – Government, Politics and Issues – Jan. 2-8

Friday, December 30

Feds OK Final Rail Design Work, But Demand Stronger Financial Plan

Carrie Okinaga’s New Gig: First Hawaiian Lawyer

Saturday, December 24

2011 Year in Review — Honolulu

Friday, December 23

Inside Honolulu – Government, Politics and Issues – Dec. 26-Jan. 1

Can Pro-Business Charity Pay For Rail Lawsuit?

Friday, December 16

Inside Honolulu – Government, Politics and Issues – Dec. 19-Dec. 25

Saturday, December 3

Inside Honolulu – Government, Politics and Issues – Dec. 5-Dec. 11

Thursday, December 1

Inouye Says He’s a ‘Realist’ About Rail Project

After Years of Dissent, Rail Critics Get Day In Court

November 2011

Wednesday, November 30

Rail to ‘Plow Forward’ With Or Without Federal Money

Tuesday, November 29

Clock Ticking on $510M in Honolulu Rail Funding

HART Signs $1.4 Billion Contract With Ansaldo

Saturday, November 26

What Convinced Honolulu Rail Officials That Ansaldo Could Do The Job?

Friday, November 25

Ansaldo CEO Satisfies Honolulu Rail Board

Wednesday, November 23

Influential Environmental Group Opposes Honolulu Rail Project

Thursday, November 17

HART Will Delay Ansaldo Contract

October 2011

Wednesday, October 26

Civil Beat’s News Coverage of Rail is Substandard

Tuesday, October 25

‘Intermodal Pete’ and the Tale of Two Bus Stations

Saturday, October 22

Ansaldo, State Reach Deal On Licensing Violation

Rail Shifted From Airport, But Strip Club Stays

Thursday, October 20

Rail at the Airport, Part 3: How Much Will It Cost?

Rail at the Airport, Part 2: Who Was Responsible?

Rail at the Airport, Part 1: What Happened?

Rail At The Airport: Investigation In 3 Parts

Wednesday, October 19

Rail Operating Costs Worry Honolulu Council Members

Hawaii Officials Merrily Celebrate Rail in D.C.

Tuesday, October 18

When Leases End, Lessors Could Gain From Rail

Thursday, October 13

HART: Full Steam Ahead For Ansaldo Rail Contract

Civil Beat Corrects Articles on Rail Land Ownership

Capitol Watch: Oct. 13

Friday, October 7

Rail = Jobs

Rail Price Drops Again In New Draft Financial Plan