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Honolulu Rail Project

Honolulu Rail Recovery Plan Remains A Work In Progress Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail Recovery Plan Remains A Work In Progress

HART's board has declined to approve the plan for the $9 billion project until more details are fleshed out.
Honolulu Must Help Businesses Hurt By Rail Construction Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Honolulu Must Help Businesses Hurt By Rail Construction

The City Council’s aborted attempts can’t be the end of this, because many more businesses are about to be affected.

Why Isn’t Honolulu Helping Businesses Hurt By Rail Construction? Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Why Isn’t Honolulu Helping Businesses Hurt By Rail Construction?

The City Council passed two measures to aid businesses along the rail line but never provided any money.

It’s Not Too Late To Build Rail Better Cory Lum/Civil Beat

It’s Not Too Late To Build Rail Better

Let’s consider stopping at Middle Street and connecting the train to better transportation modes.

Could Self-Driving Cars And Buses Replace The Last Leg Of Rail? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Could Self-Driving Cars And Buses Replace The Last Leg Of Rail?

Longtime critics want to stop the elevated train at Middle Street, then embrace new transportation technologies for the rest of the route.

Two More Condo And Hotel Towers Proposed For Ala Moana City and County of Honolulu

Two More Condo And Hotel Towers Proposed For Ala Moana

The city planning department has given the green light to the builders as long as they add more community benefits.

Rail Board OKs Preliminary Step To Push Route Past Ala Moana Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat

Rail Board OKs Preliminary Step To Push Route Past Ala Moana

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.

Will Rail Go To Manoa And Waikiki After All? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Will Rail Go To Manoa And Waikiki After All?

The HART board may be resurrecting a route plan far more ambitious than the one submitted to federal transit officials.

Legislative Leaders Appoint Four People To Honolulu Rail Board Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Legislative Leaders Appoint Four People To Honolulu Rail Board

The state budget director and others are tasked with bringing more accountability to the project, even though they’re nonvoting members.

Honolulu Rail Deal Fallout: Neighbor Islands Want A More Open Legislature Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail Deal Fallout: Neighbor Islands Want A More Open Legislature

County councils say state lawmakers should follow open meeting laws, even though they’re not legally required to.

City Must Find $160 Million To Pay For Rail Agency’s Employees Cory Lum/Civil Beat

City Must Find $160 Million To Pay For Rail Agency’s Employees

Those costs had been covered by general excise tax revenue, but the legislative bailout requires that money to be used only for construction.

The Estimated Cost Of Honolulu Rail Just Dropped By $1 Billion Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Estimated Cost Of Honolulu Rail Just Dropped By $1 Billion

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.