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Monday, May 20, 2013
Kakaako: HCDA to Release TOD Plan, Hold Open House
By News Release @ 4:14 PM :: 2819 Views :: Development, Rail
Be sure to check out their plan to reduce Halekauwila St to a single lane of auto traffic while adding 1000s of new condos and offices....
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Thursday, May 16, 2013
Full Text: Rail Appeal Challenges Failure to Consider Bus Rapid Transit
By Honolulu Traffic @ 10:04 PM :: 2309 Views :: Rail
...a new and honestly conducted alternatives analysis would never result in the selection of elevated heavy rail....
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Friday, May 10, 2013
Auto Commuters' Access to Work: Honolulu Among Four Biggest Losers
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:24 PM :: 3061 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Rail

Access, in this case is defined as, “the number of destinations reachable within a given travel time.”....

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Monday, May 06, 2013
Lodestar: Plaintiff Attorneys Awarded Fees in Rail Iwi Case
By Robert Thomas @ 10:16 AM :: 3623 Views :: Development, Judiciary, Land Use, Rail

the "private attorney general" doctrine...allows a prevailing party to recover fees and costs....

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Saturday, May 04, 2013
Rail Suit to Be Heard August 12, Quick Ruling Expected
By News Release @ 9:14 PM :: 2414 Views :: Rail
Bear in mind that in a war the only battle you have to win is the last one....
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Saturday, May 04, 2013
Deadline for Public Comment on Rail AIS May 30
By Andrew Walden @ 7:48 PM :: 2041 Views :: Rail
...SHPD and HART have made only the most minimal public mention of the new deadline....
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Thursday, April 25, 2013
Caldwell: Feds Reaffirm Commitment to Honolulu Rail
By News Release @ 8:42 AM :: 1865 Views :: Rail

Caldwell said he received further assurance that federal funding for Honolulu’s rail transit project remains firmly on track...

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Monday, April 22, 2013
Confident, Rail Opponents Seek Expedited Hearing on Appeal
By News Release @ 4:17 PM :: 2229 Views :: Rail

... BRT was not considered even a reasonable alternative to be studied ....

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Sunday, April 14, 2013
DoTax Cooking Books to Influence Legislature? HART Calls for Audit
By Andrew Walden @ 6:02 PM :: 2868 Views :: Rail, Taxes
...the illusion of greater revenues would be helpful in Abercrombie’s effort to create a state-funded ‘Early Education’ voucher system....
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Friday, April 12, 2013
After Deadly Train Wreck, DC Metro Dumps Honolulu Rail Contractor Ansaldo
By Andrew Walden @ 12:59 PM :: 6316 Views :: Rail
“In its final report on the June 22, 2009, accident, the National Transportation Safety Board said a malfunction of the automatic train control system was the direct cause of the crash.”
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Friday, March 29, 2013
Honolulu Rail and the Uniform Relocation Act
By Mark Murakami @ 12:54 AM :: 2865 Views :: Land Use, Rail
Because the HART rail project will involve federal funds, federal laws and regulations provide property owners (and their tenants) with additional statutory and regulatory protections....
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Friday, March 08, 2013
Honolulu Ranked 8th-Worst City for Drivers
By Selected News Articles @ 4:42 PM :: 3363 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Rail

We analyzed the data to bring you a list of the ten absolute worst U.S. cities to drive a car according to the following three questions....

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Sunday, March 03, 2013
Where is Hawaii Transportation Headed?
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 3:06 AM :: 3138 Views :: Energy, Rail

Each EV that clocks about 50 miles per day consumes as much electricity as a modest house with 4 people....

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Thursday, February 28, 2013
Pine Announces Improved Leeward Bus Routes
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 4:15 AM :: 2893 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

...Councilmember Pine worked with the new administration to fill a vital need by improving bus service in the wake of cuts made last summer....

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013
AECOM Scores $43.9M Rail Contract
By News Release @ 1:46 PM :: 2909 Views :: Rail

AECOM, announced today that it is working on a US$43.9-million contract from the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation....

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Thursday, February 14, 2013
HART Becomes Nervous After Arrest of Rail Contractor CEO
By Selected News Articles @ 4:53 PM :: 3543 Views :: Rail

Really Obvious Question: They win by bribery in India, how do they win in Hawaii?

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Friday, February 08, 2013
S&P Downgrade HART-Burn: "Less Confident" Buyer will be Found for Ansaldo
By Selected News Articles @ 4:46 PM :: 2988 Views :: Rail

"Given the magnitude of the contract, we want to make sure the vendor has the capacity to perform." -- HART Finance Committee Chairman Don Hor­ner

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Sunday, January 27, 2013
'Complete Streets': Will Kakaako Become Another Waikiki?
By Mary Smart @ 2:53 AM :: 3686 Views :: Development, Rail

Auto commutes will be made more cumbersome to promote public transportation....

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Sunday, January 27, 2013
After 20 Years of Minimal Change, Minimal Growth What Should Hawaii Plan For?
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 1:11 AM :: 3018 Views :: Environment, Development, Rail

Census data strongly suggests that Hawaii, and Oahu in particular, are stable communities with very mild growth....

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Abercrombie to Sign Executive Order Creating Super-PLDC
By Selected News Articles @ 2:29 PM :: 3797 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Rail

...the state Office of Planning is now drafting a resolution for Abercrombie to sign as an executive policy, recognizing that TOD is a priority of state government....

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Sunday, January 13, 2013
Transportation and Energy Infrastructure Projects: Forecasting is Unnecessary
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 2:53 PM :: 2873 Views :: Energy, Rail

Why? Because transportation infrastructure deployment lags demand by decades....

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Sunday, January 13, 2013
Rail Transit Under Fire in Los Angeles and San Jose
By Honolulu Traffic @ 2:24 PM :: 2975 Views :: National News, Rail

L.A. County MTA "spends almost twice as much on rail to carry about one-fourth as many passengers" as its buses do....

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Friday, January 11, 2013
HART Claims Rail Delay Costs 'Lower than Expected'
By News Release @ 11:37 PM :: 1883 Views :: Rail

Overproject. Then claim that burning millions of dollars for nothing is a savings....

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Sunday, January 06, 2013
Audit of HART 'Public Involvement' Contracts 'Suspended'
By News Release @ 3:29 PM :: 3348 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Rail

...an audit of HART’s contracts and spending for public relations and public involvement services to determine what service(s) each employee, contractor and subcontractor provides....

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Sunday, December 30, 2012
Report: State Office of Planning to Become Super-PLDC
By Andrew Walden @ 7:56 PM :: 4371 Views :: Land Use, Rail

With protesters unleashing their fury on Abercrombie’s Public Lands Development Corporation, political insiders have been scheming.  And on December 28, they quietly announced their plan....

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Sunday, December 30, 2012
Honolulu Rail Remedy - Phasers On Minimal
By Robert Thomas @ 2:40 PM :: 2565 Views :: Rail

Next step the Ninth Circuit?

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Friday, December 28, 2012
Full Text: "Leveraging State Agency Involvement in Transit-Oriented Development"
By News Release @ 5:57 PM :: 2810 Views :: Land Use, Rail

The report’s recommendations come after a series of meetings between state government officials, private sector leaders and non-profit representatives....

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Friday, December 28, 2012
Rail: Tashima's final ruling — now the case is eligible for appeal
By Selected News Articles @ 1:48 PM :: 2704 Views :: Rail

Judge Tashima issued his final ruling yesterday and that allows us to at last appeal both this ruling and the others that he has made over the 19 months that this case has taken....

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Thursday, December 27, 2012
Full Text: HART Wins Favorable Rail Ruling
By Selected News Articles @ 9:37 PM :: 3728 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Rail

...this matter is remanded to the Federal Transit Administration....

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Saturday, December 22, 2012
Rail: Honolulu Pays $5.5B, Orlando Gets Train for Free
By Tom Berg @ 2:38 PM :: 3791 Views :: Rail

No taxpayer money will be used for construction, operation or maintenance....

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Thursday, December 20, 2012
Update on the Federal Court Rail Project Challenge
By Robert Thomas @ 4:21 AM :: 3539 Views :: Rail

Litigation is nearing the "end game" regarding the adequacy of the final environmental impact statement (FEIS) and record of decision (ROD)....

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Green Energy and Rail Get an 'F'
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 2:08 PM :: 3590 Views :: Energy, National News, Rail

... cutting wasteful projects is productive and necessary to avoid a nosedive....

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012
$1.55B -- Feds Sign Full Funding Agreement for Rail
By News Release @ 1:52 PM :: 2280 Views :: Rail

...Ray LaHood today participated in a ceremony to sign an agreement to provide $1.55 billion to the City and County of Honolulu on the island of Oahu....

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Monday, December 10, 2012
Rail: Final Federal Court Hearing This Wednesday
By Honolulu Traffic @ 10:08 PM :: 2264 Views :: Rail

Our federal lawsuit will have what is most probably its final hearing before Judge A. Wallace Tashima this coming Wednesday, December 12, at 10:00AM in the Federal Courthouse....

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Monday, December 03, 2012
Rail: The Final Vote
By Tom Berg @ 9:08 PM :: 2786 Views :: Rail

Full Council Hearing This Wednesday Dec. 5th Includes Rail: The Final Vote....

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Thursday, October 04, 2012
Rail Fail: Oahu Construction Jobs Drop as Sister Isles Job Boom tops Nation
By Andrew Walden @ 2:12 PM :: 3331 Views :: Labor, Rail

Oahu lost 4% of its construction jobs while the sister isles gained 27% more constrction jobs.

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Thursday, September 27, 2012
VIDEO: PRP Renews Pay for Play Attack on Cayetano
By Video @ 3:48 AM :: 3664 Views :: Ethics, Labor, Politicians, Rail

Pro-Rail Pacific Resources Partnership today released its first anti-Cayetano ad for the General Election season....

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Wednesday, August 01, 2012
Rail: Leading Environmentalists Push Back Against Sierra Club, Endorse Cayetano
By News Release @ 9:20 PM :: 3969 Views :: Rail

The Sierra Club is the only environmental group that has advocated for the controversial elevated steel on steel rail system....  Several other high profile environmental organizations have opposed the project....

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Rail Jobs? Honolulu Construction Employment Down 6%
By Andrew Walden @ 2:17 PM :: 4164 Views :: Labor, Rail

As Rail construction continues, Honolulu construction employments continues to drop, losing 1,300 jobs between June, 2011 and June, 2012....

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Sunday, July 22, 2012
Sierra Club Rail Position: Incompetent, Disturbing
By Honolulu Traffic @ 5:50 PM :: 3783 Views :: Rail

"This is really disturbing to hear, and so incorrect. You have no idea what you are talking about."

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Thursday, July 19, 2012
Full Text: Sierra Club Declines to Make Mayoral Endorsement
By News Release @ 4:32 PM :: 3180 Views :: Rail

"Honolulu needs a mayor who is both committed to keeping the country, country and who understands the urgency of developing the modern infrastructure needed to ensure most new growth will occur in Honolulu's traditional urban core."

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012
HART Slashes Rail PR Budget—But Only After Primary
By John Bond @ 2:46 PM :: 3687 Views :: Ethics, Rail

Honolulu rail officials today canceled the contracts for eight of its public outreach specialists, in a move that will save $2.8 million ...

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Did HART Secretly Pay Off Advertiser Editor?
By Honolulu Traffic @ 4:30 PM :: 4855 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...five accounts in the listing are shown as, “Not reported.” Jeanne Mariani-Belding, former editorial page editor of the Advertiser is one....

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Thursday, July 05, 2012
Sweetener: Did InfraConsult Push $1.9M Change Order for HDR?
By Andrew Walden @ 2:01 PM :: 8388 Views :: Ethics, Rail

What was the role of InfraConsult in promoting a $1.9M change order given to HDR immediately prior to announcement of the HDR deal to purchase InfraConsult?

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Honolulu Loses 1,400 Construction Jobs as Rail Work Begins
By Andrew Walden @ 1:47 PM :: 3418 Views :: Labor, Rail

According to the Associated General Contractors of America, Hononlulu ranks 272nd in construction growth, losing 1,400 construction jobs over the past year.

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Friday, June 15, 2012
Hawaii Loses 10 Construction Jobs a Day as Rail Work Begins
By Selected News Articles @ 4:59 PM :: 3304 Views :: Labor, Rail

Union members who have been led to believe rail would put them back to work can now see that it simply isn’t happening....

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012
As Rail Project Begins Hawaii Loses Construction Jobs
By Andrew Walden @ 11:56 AM :: 4185 Views :: Labor, Rail

For months building trades unions and the management-labor Pacific Resources Partnership have been putting union members to work—as pro-rail protesters.

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Sunday, March 18, 2012
Honolulu Loses 600 jobs as Road Construction Lags
By News Release @ 11:57 PM :: 4730 Views :: Labor, Rail

Another 600 construction jobs were lost in the Honolulu area between January 2011 and January 2012, a 3 percent decline, according to an analysis released by the Associated General Contractors of America ....

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Thursday, October 27, 2011
Rail: Ansaldo Contract based on Raid of Honolulu General Fund?
By News Release @ 10:18 PM :: 4959 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...the City's rail construction budget is limited to their using what they can get from the city's ½ percent addition to the GE Tax...On the other hand, they can use all they want for operating subsidies from the General Fund....

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Friday, September 23, 2011
Tom Berg calls for Massive GE Tax Increase
By Tom Berg @ 3:30 AM :: 4352 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...authorize the City and County of Honolulu to impose a general excise tax surcharge — much like the one already in effect to fund the rail project — for highway and bikeway construction....

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