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Friday, October 22, 2021
County TAT could further debilitate Hawaii tourism
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:06 PM :: 135 Views :: Economy, Rail, Taxes, Tourism

... Hawaii is still in a state of emergency, tourism has slowed, businesses are closing and unemployment is high. The economy will take years to recover ....

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Sunday, October 10, 2021
HART Makes Up Its Voting Rules
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 713 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Taxes, Tourism

... The memo concludes that the State did not have the power under the Hawaii Constitution to provide for four extra HART board members.  Thus, we can basically ignore the extra folks and conduct business as if they weren’t around ....

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Tuesday, August 31, 2021
New Tax Proposals at the Honolulu Council
By Video @ 5:01 AM :: 1102 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, Taxes

... Honolulu rail project get a portion of the revenues? ....

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Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Honolulu Rail Critic Pushes for Middle Street Endpoint
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 8:02 PM :: 1220 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

... Then on August 3 came devastating confirmation from a respected FTA agent ....

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Sunday, August 22, 2021
Have We Unwittingly Put the Brakes on HART?
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1231 Views :: Rail

...What you might not have seen is the difficulty the HART board is having making decisions....

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Wednesday, August 4, 2021
White House Touts 'Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act' for Hawaii
By News Release @ 11:59 PM :: 982 Views :: National News, Development, Rail

"...For decades, infrastructure in Hawaii has suffered from a systemic lack of investment...."

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Tuesday, August 3, 2021
Federal Transit Project Cost Overruns and Ridership Shortfalls: The Honolulu Rail Debacle Beats Them All
By Selected News Articles @ 4:13 AM :: 2326 Views :: Rail

... the line is costing about $15,000 per resident ....

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Sunday, July 18, 2021
Aalto’s Conflicts of Interest Disqualify Him for HART Board
By News Release @ 10:06 PM :: 1819 Views :: Ethics, Rail

... Aalto's movies given major funding by rail supporters ....

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Monday, June 21, 2021
'Procurement Collusion' -- Hanabusa, HART Reported to Federal Authorities
By News Release @ 4:32 AM :: 2052 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Rail

... In order to steer a consulting contract to its former Board Chair, Colleen Hanabusa, Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART), a federally-funded rail transit project, imposed the following narrowly tailored requirements on bidders ....

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Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Why we need to press ‘pause’ on the Honolulu rail project
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:58 PM :: 1329 Views :: Rail

... the most expensive megaproject per capita in the world ....

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Friday, May 14, 2021
Honolulu Rail: 27 Alternatives to Plan A?
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:49 PM :: 798 Views :: Rail

“...People need to know what the options are and what the costs are, and what the real future of rail looks like....”

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Bid-Rigging: Hanabusa Chickens out, Blangiardi Appoints her to HART Board Instead
By News Release @ 11:41 PM :: 3373 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Rail

... Blangiardi: “I had nothing to do with that contract” ....

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Saturday, May 8, 2021
HART needs to quit being so secretive
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:24 AM :: 1186 Views :: Ethics, Rail

... Marked “Confidential (Not for Distribution),” the document contains analyses of both the original plan for the rail and 27 alternatives ....

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Friday, May 7, 2021
Creating Facts on the Ground: Stadium Authority Rushes Decision to Demolish Aloha Stadium
By News Release @ 3:45 AM :: 1697 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Hawaii State Government, Higher Education, Rail, Tourism

... In a special Stadium Authority Board Meeting this morning (Thursday, May 6), the Board confirmed and voted for an early demolition of the existing stadium location ....

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Saturday, May 1, 2021
Secret Document Shows HART looking at 27 possible rail changes 
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:40 PM :: 3275 Views :: Rail

... The document, marked “CONFIDENTIAL (NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION),” says that stopping the rail at Middle Street could lower costs, provide long-term flexibility for route changes and fleet expansion, and benefit from future driverless technologies .... 

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Friday, April 16, 2021
How to make lemonade out of the rail project
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:19 PM :: 1411 Views :: Rail

"... Uno said he has come to the conclusion that the rail is neither a construction project nor a transportation project. Instead, it is “a political project” — one in which all concerns about costs, waste and transparency are subordinate to political goals ...."

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Thursday, April 15, 2021
Honolulu $1 billion-a-mile rail boondoggle a warning to Biden ‘Build Back’ plan
By Selected News Articles @ 3:10 AM :: 1450 Views :: Rail

... “This rail service began as one of those ‘shovel ready’ projects funded by the Obama-Biden stimulus program a decade ago. While never completed, it’s still digging a deeper money pit for taxpayer dollars” ....

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021
‘Plan C’ for rail?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:24 PM :: 1393 Views :: Rail

... Joe Uno, HART Board member, speaks in his private capacity as a citizen to host Keli‘i Akina about whether a ‘Plan C’ may help salvage the troubled project ....

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Monday, April 12, 2021
Urban Transit After COVID-19
By Selected News Articles @ 7:00 PM :: 1449 Views :: Rail, COVID-19

... it is premature to commit funding for major new rail transit projects before we have some idea of the extent of transit ridership in the first several years after nationwide vaccinations ....

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Saturday, April 10, 2021
HART Frog Debacle Earns First “What Were They Thinking?!” Award
By Rep Gene Ward @ 5:40 AM :: 1289 Views :: Rail

... The first WWTT Award will be presented to HART for its contract with Hitachi and the wrong sized wheels that do not fit the ‘frogs’ or rail intersections of two tracks ....

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Monday, February 15, 2021
Rail News: Schatz to Chair Senate Transportation Subcommittee
By News Release @ 5:28 PM :: 1233 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Rail

"...more support for affordable housing, climate resiliency, and safer and more efficient transportation systems...."

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Friday, February 12, 2021
Five New Members on HART Board
By News Release @ 8:28 PM :: 1643 Views :: Rail

... Jeoffrey Cudiamat, Natalie Iwasa, J. Roger Morton, Joseph O’Donnell, and Dean Uchida ....

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Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Blangiardi appoints Roger Morton as Director of DTS
By News Release @ 4:21 AM :: 1374 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

... Morton will be tasked with leading administration and oversight for TheBus, TheHandi-Van, and the upcoming rail system, the first segment of which is projected to open in the second half of 2021 ....

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Friday, January 22, 2021
Money to Burn: Virtual Community Meetings Planned for New Aloha Stadium Boondoggle
By News Release @ 1:19 AM :: 1702 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Development, Rail, Tourism

... The public comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the New Aloha Stadium Entertainment District (NASED) project concludes on Feb. 8 ....

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Sunday, January 10, 2021
Say 'Uncle' -- What Connects Miske to Kealoha?
By Andrew Walden @ 10:25 PM :: 7958 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Police, Rail

... Kealoha was selected Chief thanks in part to Michael Miske’s ‘uncle’ ....

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Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Rail critic Natalie Iwasa named to HART board of directors
By News Release @ 3:46 PM :: 1738 Views :: Ethics, Rail

... “Ms. Iwasa's official engagement on the Board will ensure increased accountability and transparency at HART.” ....

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020
City finally releases P3 bid numbers
By News Release @ 9:09 PM :: 1533 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Rail

... The proposal documents for the P3 procurement will soon be available for review ....

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020
HART Pours Final Segment of Middle Street Section
By News Release @ 1:55 AM :: 1093 Views :: Rail

... STG has Constructed 2,708 Overhead Guideway Segments to Complete the 5.2-Mile Section from Aloha Stadium to Middle Street ....

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Thursday, December 10, 2020
Next Boondoggle: 3 Finalists Named for Aloha Stadium Project
By News Release @ 4:44 AM :: 2215 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Higher Education, Rail, Tourism

... This RFQ includes the new Aloha Stadium complemented by a mix of developments that will connect to the rail station ....  

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Caldwell, Robbins Beg Feds: We’re trying to come up with a plan please give us $250M
By News Release @ 4:44 PM :: 1122 Views :: Rail

"...the plan being discussed will include the entire project scope ... there is no desire to abandon any component of the full Project scope...."

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Friday, October 23, 2020
Rail and Bill 80 two peas in a pod
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:43 PM :: 1847 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, Rail, Tourism

...Two examples of the old way of thinking, both in Honolulu....

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Monday, October 19, 2020
Panos: What is the future of Honolulu Rail?
By Video @ 11:36 PM :: 2297 Views :: Rail

...What are the latest developments and implications for the completion of one of the most challenged public works project in the nation?....

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Auditor: Four Years Later HART Finally Acts on Recommendations
By News Release @ 11:09 PM :: 1265 Views :: Rail

...we found that 12 recommendations were completed, 3 were resolved, and 3 were in process....

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Sunday, October 4, 2020
Standardless Spending
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1723 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, COVID-19

We are feverishly trying to spend federal dollars for the common good....

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Friday, September 25, 2020
Even More Jammed with Bus Lane and Bike Lane "It’s about getting people out of their cars”
By News Release @ 7:46 PM :: 2485 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Rail

...a bus-only lane on King St thru downtown just 1 block from the existing Hotel Street Busway....

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Monday, September 21, 2020
Council Candidate Greg Thielen Cautions Against Awarding P3 Contract Under Robbins' Tenure
By News Release @ 7:02 PM :: 2100 Views :: Ethics, Rail

“...a potential worse case scenario of a contract award just before a leadership transition at HART and the City and County of Honolulu....”

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Saturday, September 19, 2020
Transit and the Mania for Density
By News Release @ 2:30 PM :: 1907 Views :: Development, Land Use, Rail

...the Rasputin of urban planning....

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Monday, August 31, 2020
P3 Secrecy: Council Candidate Greg Thielen Calls for Removal of HART Executive Director
By News Release @ 7:07 PM :: 2219 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Rail

...taxpayers of the City and County of Honolulu deserve to know the details of this proposed contract prior to any decision being made on it....

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Thursday, August 6, 2020
Pine urges direct federal oversight of rail’s P3 contract awards
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 8:52 PM :: 1774 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...Pine is urging the Federal Transit Administration to conduct in-person oversight of rail project awards of so-called public-private-partnership, or P3 contracts....

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020
HART Now Makes Video Games
By Selected News Articles @ 5:14 PM :: 1633 Views :: Ethics, Rail

... The game teaches children several curious lessons ....

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Friday, July 10, 2020
City Council defers borrowing for rail
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:11 AM :: 1537 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

...a resolution that would have authorized up to $26 million in borrowing to help fund its over-budget and behind-schedule rail project....

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020
COVID Debt Bomb Puts Honolulu Over the Limit
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:48 PM :: 2117 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, COVID-19

...Honolulu county can't afford to borrow more for rail, Grassroot Institute says....

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Friday, June 19, 2020
Caldwell Signs Budget: Rail Faces ‘Hard Decisions’ due to Collapse of Economy
By News Release @ 5:01 AM :: 2236 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, COVID-19

...Caldwell expressed worries about the uncertainty of revenue collections that are supposed to pay for the city’s $9.2 billion rail project....

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Thursday, June 4, 2020
Honolulu’s Terrible Folly and a Transit Mystery
By Selected News Articles @ 11:18 PM :: 2217 Views :: Rail

...The 20-mile line is expected to cost $9.2 billion, more than the cost of the 243 miles of light-rail lines in Sacramento, Saint Louis, Salt Lake City, San Diego, and San Jose combined....

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020
GOP: Did Honolulu Council Act Illegally on Rail in 2011?
By Shirlene Ostrov @ 7:47 PM :: 3333 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Rail, Republican Party

... Earlier this month, the Hawaii Republican Party’s (HRP) Chairwoman Ms. Shirlene Ostrov sent a letter to Chief Daniel Hanagami, Special Agent, Office of the State Attorney General, who is investigating Honolulu’s Light Rail Project ....

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Friday, May 22, 2020
COVID-19 Proves Hawai’i Central Planners Got it All Wrong
By Mary Smart @ 10:38 PM :: 2103 Views :: Land Use, Rail, COVID-19

...Hawai’i central planners should reevaluate their push to implement more and more projects, such as TOD, mass transit, and shared vehicles, which contribute to the spread of disease....

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Friday, May 22, 2020
Why Honolulu Rail Should be Torn Down Now
By Video @ 3:26 PM :: 2486 Views :: Rail, COVID-19

...They Never Saw It Coming....

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Monday, May 18, 2020
Billionaire Outlines Plan to Make Hawaii Residents Go Carless
By News Release @ 4:28 AM :: 1896 Views :: Rail

..."Framework for Hawaii's AV Future: Accessible, Automated, Connected, Electric, and Shared"....

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Saturday, May 9, 2020
Honolulu $90M grant money from the Federal Transit Administration
By News Release @ 1:49 AM :: 1799 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, COVID-19

"...This money will directly support the City’s current transit service operations, TheBus and TheHandi-Van...."

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Friday, April 17, 2020
Who's Going to Ride Rail with COVID?
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 3:44 AM :: 2087 Views :: Rail, COVID-19

...How many people will be willing to use a mode of transportation where others breathe, sneeze and cough 2-3 feet from their face....

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