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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.

Final State Audit On Rail Expected To Be Released Friday Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Final State Audit On Rail Expected To Be Released Friday

The rail board got a preview Thursday of the issues that the state auditor’s final is expected to cover.

Honolulu Rail’s Final Federal Money Not Expected Until Next Year Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail’s Final Federal Money Not Expected Until Next Year

UPDATED: The Federal Transit Administration has withheld $744 million from the project since 2015.

Feds Still Aren’t Releasing $744 Million For Honolulu Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Feds Still Aren’t Releasing $744 Million For Honolulu Rail

Rail officials had hoped to finally get their long-stalled recovery plan approved by this month. Now, they hope to get “provisional’ approval in late May or early June.

Critics Renew Calls To Stop Honolulu Rail At Middle Street Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Critics Renew Calls To Stop Honolulu Rail At Middle Street

While shortening the line could save hundreds of millions of dollars, rail leaders argue the system would lose nearly half its projected ridership.

Honolulu Rail Cars Fail Fire Test, But Officials Question Its Validity Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail Cars Fail Fire Test, But Officials Question Its Validity

Flooring and roofing were found to not be sufficiently fire-resistant in a test conducted in Texas.

Latest Audit: Agency ‘Arbitrary,’ ‘Inconsistent’ In Reviewing Rail Costs Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Latest Audit: Agency ‘Arbitrary,’ ‘Inconsistent’ In Reviewing Rail Costs

UPDATED: The Hawaii agency that oversees rail spending lacks the proper rules, training and procedures to make sure its reviews are sound, the latest audit finds.