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The City Council’s aborted attempts can’t be the end of this, because many more businesses are about to be affected.
The City Council passed two measures to aid businesses along the rail line but never provided any money.
Longtime critics want to stop the elevated train at Middle Street, then embrace new transportation technologies for the rest of the route.
The city planning department has given the green light to the builders as long as they add more community benefits.
The manager of the Honolulu rail project says it needs to develop and secure an alternate route from Ala Moana Center in case it’s extended someday.
The state budget director and others are tasked with bringing more accountability to the project, even though they’re nonvoting members.
County councils say state lawmakers should follow open meeting laws, even though they’re not legally required to.
Those costs had been covered by general excise tax revenue, but the legislative bailout requires that money to be used only for construction.
A $10 billion figure was often cited as rail’s total cost, but HART tells the feds it thinks it can finish the project for $9 billion.