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Honolulu Rail Project

Caldwell Wants To Sell $44 Million In City Bonds For Rail Natanya Freidheim/Civil Beat

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

UPDATED: The Honolulu mayor said there’s a tight time line to gain council approval and start funneling city money to the project’s construction.

Blood Bank Paying A High Price In Its Dispute With Honolulu Rail Officials Cory Lum/Civil Beat

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

The nonprofit wants to abandon its headquarters long before trains start rumbling nearby. But the city is offering to buy only a strip of landscaping.

A Republican Governor Would Bring New Uncertainty To Rail Project Cory Lum/Civil Beat

A Republican Governor Would Bring New Uncertainty To Rail Project

Some GOP candidates have called for radical changes in how the transit project moves forward, but they’ve also been light on specifics.

Feds May Require Honolulu To Sell Bonds For Rail Project Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Feds May Require Honolulu To Sell Bonds For Rail Project

The City Council’s latest plan to demonstrate a willingness to help pay for rail construction has hit a snag.

State Auditor Says Rail Agency Is Interfering With His Work Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State Auditor Says Rail Agency Is Interfering With His Work

Les Kondo says HART’s insistence on recording auditor interviews with staff members “is akin to management sitting in.”

Winner Of Governor’s Race Will Have Stronger Hand In Rail Project Cory Lum/Civil Beat

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

Colleen Hanabusa and David Ige have played varying roles in moving the project forward, while Clayton Hee wants to curtail construction.

Rail Leaders Look To Curb Runaway Costs With New Partners Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Rail Leaders Look To Curb Runaway Costs With New Partners

Honolulu’s rail agency is considering changing its strategy to complete the daunting construction work ahead.

HART’s Latest Rail Contract Is For $400M — Twice What It Had Estimated Cory Lum/Civil Beat

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

In a break with past practice, the agency did not release the amounts that companies bid for the work to relocate utilities.

Honolulu Rail Project Loses Its Top Right-Of-Way Official Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

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

The departure of Abbey Mayer is the latest in a string of more than 16 managers, directors and other top personnel to leave HART.

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.