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Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Caldwell Signs Tax Hikes, Spending Bills
By News Release @ 2:57 AM :: 2105 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, Taxes

“This shows that the city is committed to funding and completing the rail project,” said Mayor Caldwell....

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Friday, March 31, 2017
Rickrolling Rail
By Robert Thomas @ 5:01 PM :: 1202 Views :: Rail

...city officials feel they have been given the green light to get the project finished, whatever the eventual cost might be....

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Monday, March 27, 2017
Here's why rail is going to cost $12 to $13 billion
By Honolulu Traffic @ 11:27 PM :: 1867 Views :: Rail

...this project started with a rock solid $5.3 billion projection cost....

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Thursday, March 23, 2017
Being Hypnotized by HART?
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 9:44 PM :: 1605 Views :: Development, Rail

...the Honolulu rail boondoggle, Hoopili traffic impacts, smart city street intersections and rapid transit with Panos Prevedouros....

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Public-Private Partnerships: Study Examines New Options for Rail
By News Release @ 2:48 AM :: 2363 Views :: Rail

“Due to the at-risk private capital, Public-Private Partnerships often result in lower costs, less risk, and faster delivery....

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Friday, March 10, 2017
HCR103: State lawmakers want cost comparison of street level versus elevated rail system
By Rep Cynthia Thielen @ 4:28 PM :: 1328 Views :: Rail

This Resolution directs the State Auditor to conduct a cost comparison between completing the rail system from Middle Street to Downtown Honolulu with street level versus an elevated rail system....

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Friday, March 10, 2017
SB1183: A Victory for the People (for now)
By Dr Kelii Akina PhD @ 4:09 PM :: 1447 Views :: Rail, Taxes

It's true that the session is far from over. And this bill could certainly end up morphing yet again....

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Thursday, March 02, 2017
Salvage the Rail: Street Level Plan Can be Completed with Existing Funds
By News Release @ 6:48 PM :: 1900 Views :: Rail

Optional extension routes to Waikiki and the University of Hawaii could be made at a cost of $139 M/mile....

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Thursday, February 23, 2017
HART Ridership Projections - Fantasies, Fairytales and Alternative Facts
By Video @ 1:17 PM :: 1393 Views :: Rail

...HART’s wildly inflated rail ridership projections, the surging cost of the project, and pleas from the mayor's office to obtain more tax dollars....

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Sunday, February 12, 2017
UHERO Slams the Skim
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 1593 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...the State is making a ton of money off the skim....

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Thursday, February 09, 2017
2017 Honolulu Rail: Advice to the Legislature
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 3:56 AM :: 1551 Views :: Rail, Taxes

The Legislature should not approve any extensions of the GET and it should pass a bill directing the city to handle current and future deficits with its own resources. This offers hope for some accountability and cost containment....

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Tuesday, February 07, 2017
A 1-2 punch of tax proposals
By Rachelle Chang @ 12:25 PM :: 1756 Views :: Honolulu County, Education K-12, Rail, Taxes

The State kept 10% of the surcharge collected or $25.92 million – which is more than the Department of Taxation’s entire Fiscal Year 2016 operating budget of $24 million....

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Sunday, February 05, 2017
SB938: End the State Rail Tax Skim
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:37 AM :: 1384 Views :: Rail, Taxes

the Department of Taxation has been allowed to keep a full 10% of the rail surcharge for the costs of administering it, despite the fact that the law directs DOTAX to calculate how much is required for its management of the surcharge, then return the remainder to the rail project....

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Friday, February 03, 2017
UHERO: The Exorbitant Cost of Collecting Honolulu’s Rail Surcharge Tax
By UHERO @ 1:43 AM :: 1427 Views :: Rail, Taxes

Hawaii’s State Government has unnecessarily profited from the Honolulu rail project....

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017
SB938: Eliminate DoTax 10% Rail Skim
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:58 PM :: 1697 Views :: Rail, Taxes

Grassroot Institute Urges Legislature to Act on Surcharge "Skimming"....

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Trump infrastructure priority list focuses on Public-Private Partnerships--Does Not Include Honolulu Rail
By Selected News Articles @ 7:26 PM :: 2214 Views :: Rail

The document obtained by the Star proposes funding the projects as public-private partnerships, with half the money coming from private investment....

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Bill: Fund Rail by Sale of Development Rights
By Rep Gene Ward @ 3:13 PM :: 1107 Views :: Rail

"The State of Hawaii owns about 50% of the land along the rail corridor between Kapolei and downtown Honolulu and can raise millions of dollars through the sale of development rights...."

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Friday, January 20, 2017
Auditor: HART Audit Not Started
By News Release @ 11:56 PM :: 1713 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Rail

Projects Not Started or Suspended....

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Thursday, January 19, 2017
Privatize: “Not one penny more for rail"
By Rep Gene Ward @ 1:08 PM :: 1598 Views :: Rail, Taxes

"We’ve got to wake up and sell development rights along the rail, like they do in Japan and Hong Kong."

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Sunday, January 15, 2017
Architects: Put Rail on the Ground—Save $4.2B
By News Release @ 5:17 PM :: 2543 Views :: Rail

Modifying the HART project to allow street level operation for the final five miles will save money ($2.9 - $4.2B), will save time (completed in 2020 vs. 2025) and will provide a much more environmentally acceptable system Downtown that can be easily extended to Waikiki and UH Manoa....

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017
HDOT Sets Public Meeting on Use of OR&L Right of Way
By News Release @ 2:32 PM :: 1438 Views :: Hawaii History, Rail

...the OR&L ROW, a 40-foot wide stretch from Central Waipahu to Piliokahe Gulch in Nanakuli, owned by HDOT....

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Monday, January 09, 2017
Problems with the Rail Initiative - Indebted to the HART
By Video @ 4:21 PM :: 1260 Views :: Rail
The Future of Rail on Oahu: Plan A, B, or C?
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Thursday, January 05, 2017
Caldwell Inaugural Address: Rail Could End up Like Superferry
By News Release @ 12:54 AM :: 3206 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

...splints that have cracks... tendons that aren’t working properly... the railcars....

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Friday, December 23, 2016
Rail Guideway Reaches Aloha Stadium
By News Release @ 11:00 PM :: 1232 Views :: Rail

Post-tensioning, final set and finishing work on the guideway will follow the initial set, and will continue through January....

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Wednesday, December 07, 2016
Full Text: Feds Give Rail Another Extension
By News Release @ 6:12 PM :: 1198 Views :: Rail

...just long enough to con legislators into hiking taxes....

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Saturday, December 03, 2016
City Officials Intentionally Jamming Up Traffic
By Selected News Articles @ 4:03 PM :: 2146 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

“The city streets are being engineered to create traffic congestion, to slow traffic down, to favor bikers and pedestrians,” the former official said....

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Saturday, December 03, 2016
Denied Another Extension, HART Finally Forced to Submit Financial Plan
By News Release @ 3:36 AM :: 1324 Views :: Rail

...due to the recent passage of Charter Amendment Number 4 in the 2016 Elections, the voters of the City authorized the consolidation of the operations and maintenance functions and responsibilities for all modes of public transit....

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Transportation planning meeting will focus on Central Oahu
By News Release @ 10:21 AM :: 1245 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

...Wednesday, November 30 at 7:30 p.m. at Mililani High School Cafeteria....

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Privatize: Honolulu Can See Its Rail Line Finished Without Raising Taxes
By Rep Gene Ward @ 2:50 AM :: 2720 Views :: Rail

...there’s still a better way and it’s pretty simple and practiced by the best rail systems in the world....

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016
New Stadium Slipped into Rail Development Plans
By News Release @ 12:42 AM :: 2306 Views :: Development, Rail

The plan was developed in coordination with state agencies that are studying options for stadium reconstruction or building a new stadium on the site....

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Sunday, November 06, 2016
Build Rail Better? Caldwell Failed Miserably
By News Release @ 8:33 PM :: 1525 Views :: Rail

Under his watch, the cost of rail has risen $3.34 billion over budget to $8.6 billion, and more than 7 years behind schedule. A recent federal “upper bound” estimate puts the cost at $10.79 billion (more than double the original budget of $5.26 billion) and the completion date at 2027.....

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Saturday, November 05, 2016
Better Ways to Fix Traffic on Oahu
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:49 PM :: 1908 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

... By “tinkering” with the traffic lights, it’s possible to reduce traffic ....

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Saturday, November 05, 2016
Engineer: Failed Tendons Could Lead to Catastrophic Collapse of Rail Line
By Selected News Articles @ 9:26 PM :: 4333 Views :: Rail

...if enough of the tendons or their anchors fail, the entire box girder system will fail and could very well collapse....

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Friday, November 04, 2016
HART receives $55.1 million in GET revenue—Claims it is Not Enough
By News Release @ 8:47 PM :: 1307 Views :: Rail, Taxes

HART has now received a total of $1.8 billion in surcharge revenue for the rail project ... roughly $48.4 million less than projected....

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Wednesday, November 02, 2016
Djou Unveils Plan for First 100 Days as Mayor
By Rep Charles Djou @ 6:01 AM :: 2138 Views :: Honolulu County, Politicians, Rail

In my first 100 days in office, I will....

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Wednesday, November 02, 2016
Mitsunaga Point by Point Expose of Pro-Caldwell Media Bias
By News Release @ 4:37 AM :: 2680 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Politicians, Rail

"...Caldwell may have evaded State and Federal taxes on all the stock options he has received to date...."

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Friday, October 28, 2016
Hanabusa Flees HART, is Replaced by Caldwell Campaign Contributor
By News Release @ 7:10 PM :: 2259 Views :: Rail

Glen Nohara gave $12K to Caldwell and a total of $102K mostly to the usual list of Democrat incumbent candidates...

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Thursday, October 27, 2016
Grassroot Backs Suit Against 10% Rail Skim
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:39 PM :: 1473 Views :: Rail, Taxes

The Grassroot Institute argues that this is not about the right to collect taxes, but rather a matter of mis-allocation of the funds....

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Thursday, October 20, 2016
New Commuting Data: Same Old Trends
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 10:52 PM :: 1223 Views :: Rail

Drive-alone remains the choice of slightly over three-fourths of all commuters....

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Sunday, October 16, 2016
Auditor: HART, Sludge, Grants, and P-Card Investigations Sidelined
By News Release @ 4:13 PM :: 1827 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Rail

This report provides the Honolulu City Council with an update on the activities of the Office of the City Auditor....

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Friday, October 14, 2016
How much money are we "tipping" the government?
By Dr Kelii Akina PhD @ 10:23 PM :: 1581 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Taxes

...the habit the state Department of Taxation has of keeping the money that is left over after they process the rail surcharge....

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Friday, October 14, 2016
Charter Amendment #4 on Rail – What’s Not in the Booklet
By Natalie Iwasa @ 10:22 PM :: 1685 Views :: Rail

Voters should have received the 2016 Charter Amendments booklet this week....

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Monday, October 10, 2016
Honolulu Rail: From $4.6 B to $8.6 B In Eight Years. Now What?
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 11:50 PM :: 1534 Views :: Rail, Taxes

An average family of five would have to pay more than $1,000 per year just to complete rail....

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Tuesday, October 04, 2016
Instead of Submitting Plan, HART begs Feds for Another Extension
By Andrew Walden @ 3:09 AM :: 1257 Views :: Rail

"The City is requesting an extension of the December 2016 Recovery Plan submittal date to June 30, 2017"

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Friday, September 30, 2016
As Rail Collapses, Caldwell Laughs All The Way to the Bank
By Rep Charles Djou @ 8:39 PM :: 2069 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...Caldwell has been using his position as Mayor to enrich himself -- making $200,000-$299,999 a year as mayor "working" just 1-2 hours a months and collecting $900,000 - $999,999 in bank stock for his "service"....

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Sunday, September 25, 2016
Traffic Expert: Honolulu Ideal for Driverless Vehicles
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 9:08 PM :: 1143 Views :: Rail

"In the future they can be aggressive. In other words, they can be tailgating each other to save a lot of space. But in the early stages this is not going to happen...."

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Thursday, September 22, 2016
Djou, Savio: City Still Failing on Affordable Housing
By Rep Charles Djou @ 11:02 PM :: 2108 Views :: Development, Rail, Cost of Living

"Last week we learned that the City failed to spend tens of millions of dollars in the affordable housing fund and we may now lose this money."

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Not Too Late to Make the Right Decision on Rail
By Selected News Articles @ 9:29 PM :: 1476 Views :: Rail

The Federal Transit Administration says it will demand its money back....

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Sunday, September 18, 2016
Feds: $540M in Highway Funds can be spent on Rail
By Andrew Walden @ 10:36 PM :: 3066 Views :: Rail

"...Farrington Highway and Kamehameha Highway ... are eligible for Federal aid funds, subject to selection by OahuMPO and HIDOT...."

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Friday, September 16, 2016
Honolulu Rail will be studied in engineering school as prime example of how not to build a rail system
By Rep Charles Djou @ 4:35 PM :: 1485 Views :: Rail

A couple of days ago, I talked to a senior consulting engineer on the rail project....

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