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Honolulu 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.

Rail Promised Lots Of Jobs But There’s No Sure Count Of What It’s Delivering Cory Lum/Civil Beat

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

HART doesn’t keep track of the totals, but its point-in-time counts suggest fewer people are employed than had been projected.

HART Board Hits A Snag In Deal Saving Taxpayers $130 Million Hawaiian Electric Co.

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

Recent changes increasing the rail board's membership are hampering its ability to approve key actions.
Is Honolulu Rail Agency Too Quick To Condemn Property? Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Is Honolulu Rail Agency Too Quick To Condemn Property?

Landowners argue HART jumps the gun when it starts condemnation proceedings before negotiations are finished.