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Honolulu Rail Project

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.

HART Wants A Private Company To Finish The Honolulu Rail Project Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

HART Wants A Private Company To Finish The Honolulu Rail Project

The rail agency’s directors approve the concept of a public-private partnership to design and build the stretch through the central part of the city.

Honolulu Rail Project Faces Critical Decisions In Next 60 Days Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail Project Faces Critical Decisions In Next 60 Days

City leaders are once again sparring over rail as they look to comply with a federal agency’s challenging demands.

Federal Agency Issues New Ultimatums On Honolulu Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Federal Agency Issues New Ultimatums On Honolulu Rail

In a blunt letter, the Federal Transit Administration lays out demands that will prove tough for the city to meet.

Rescue Oahu’s Rail Project With Magnetic Levitation Technology Flickr: hans-johnson

Rescue Oahu’s Rail Project With Magnetic Levitation Technology

Reject the mantra from the city and HART that it’s too late to change from steel wheels on steel rails.

Honolulu And Its Train-Maker In Dispute Over Project Delays Anthony Quintano / Civil Beat

Honolulu And Its Train-Maker In Dispute Over Project Delays

Ansaldo’s 2016 claim — which came to light Thursday — is the latest spat between the city and the firm building the rail cars and communications system.

Rep. Sylvia Luke: Move Rail Inland To Avoid Sea-Level Rise Cory Lum/Civil Beat

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

Mayor Kirk Caldwell called the idea a “red herring” that would kill the project.

What Honolulu Rail Planners Can Learn From Puerto Rico Marcel Honore

What Honolulu Rail Planners Can Learn From Puerto Rico

San Juan’s Tren Urbano, an elevated, heavy rail system like that planned in Honolulu, has struggled with low ridership and cost overruns.

Feds: Honolulu Rail Is Still Short By $134 Million Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Feds: Honolulu Rail Is Still Short By $134 Million

UPDATED: A new federal report on the transit project’s risks pushes its completion back nearly a year and says it needs even more cash.