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Friday, July 22, 2016
Tax Hike Coming: Rail ‘Recovery’ Plan to Remain Hidden Until After Election
By Rep Charles Djou @ 9:53 PM :: 2725 Views :: Rail, Taxes

Now that the rail project is facing a short fall of at least $1.5 billion, using Caldwell's own math, it means the mayor needs to increase real property tax rates by at least 50% to 65% ....

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Thursday, July 21, 2016
VIDEO: HART Vice-Chair Endorses Charles Djou
By News Release @ 8:02 PM :: 2833 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, Politicians, Rail

...after having seen Caldwell in ‘action’ as mayor, Damien and the IBEW have thrown their support firmly behind Charles....

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Thursday, July 21, 2016
IUOE ‘Hawaiian Stabilization Fund’ All But Clear of Lawsuit
By Selected News Articles @ 4:47 PM :: 2154 Views :: Ethics, Labor, Rail

...leaders of the International Union of Operating Engineers who were accused of squandering pension funds....

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Friday, July 15, 2016
Three Candidates For Mayor, Three Positions On Honolulu Rail
By Robert Thomas @ 4:49 AM :: 1971 Views :: Honolulu County, Politicians, Rail
Continue past Middle Street to Ala Moana only if the total cost does not exceed $7,000,000,000.
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Friday, July 08, 2016
Will Obama Give Honolulu a Pardon from Rail Jail?
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:46 PM :: 1875 Views :: Rail

...Grassroot Institute analyst Matthew Reade speaks with Thomas Rubin, a mass transit consultant who advised Hawaii officials in the early stages of the project....

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Irresponsible: Caldwell Moves for 10 Month Delay on Rail Recovery Plan
By News Release @ 5:49 PM :: 1361 Views :: Rail
Will Feds Withhold a Third Year of Financing Before HART Gets Around to Writing Financial Plan?
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Monday, June 27, 2016
Major Unions Endorse Djou for Mayor
By News Release @ 8:07 PM :: 2383 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, Rail

...The unions endorsing Djou were the first unions to support Kirk Caldwell for mayor in 2010 and backed Caldwell again in 2012....

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Friday, June 24, 2016
Rail: Building To The Nowhere Of Middle?
By Robert Thomas @ 10:29 PM :: 1733 Views :: Rail

...omit the most densely populated, and therefore the most useful, portion of the route....

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Friday, June 24, 2016
In the Beginning, Rail Cost Only $3B
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:22 PM :: 1631 Views :: Rail

Early in the effort to determine a mass transit alternative for Oahu, city officials announced that the rail project would likely cost a little more than $3 billion....

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Friday, June 24, 2016
Djou: Rail Mess is a Pure Failure of Leadership
By Rep Charles Djou @ 12:01 AM :: 1951 Views :: Rail

...the Honolulu rail system cost could now reach as high as almost $11 bil. from the original projected cost of $5.2 bil....

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Monday, June 20, 2016
Rail Recovery Plan? Feds Explain How Rail Systems Blow Budget
By Andrew Walden @ 1:00 PM :: 1904 Views :: Rail

HART began talking publicly about a “Recovery Plan” only this month even though FTA rules apparently required a Recovery Plan since late 2014....

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Monday, June 20, 2016
Star-Adv Hits Caldwell ‘Abject Failure of Leadership’
By Rep Charles Djou @ 1:22 AM :: 2820 Views :: Honolulu County, Politicians, Rail

The newspaper characterized Caldwell's decision-making as "political expediency" driven by his re-election campaign....

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Sunday, June 19, 2016
Pine: Before we rush to decide on a rail route, shouldn't we get numbers first?
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 3:55 AM :: 1857 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

leaders are making serious decisions on changing the rail route without publicly analyzing facts or figures on how the change will affect the ridership numbers....

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Sunday, June 19, 2016
Mayor Becomes Incoherent
By Rep Charles Djou @ 3:53 AM :: 2962 Views :: Honolulu County, Politicians, Rail

Over the past 48-hours the mayor's policy on rail swung wildly in a display of uneven and poorly constructed leadership....

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Sunday, June 19, 2016
Rail: Easy Ways to Save Millions without Cutting Line Short
By Andrew Walden @ 1:51 AM :: 4418 Views :: Rail

This is the third artificial rail crisis Caldwell has ginned up to push a tax hike....

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Saturday, June 18, 2016
Rail: Caldwell’s Flip-Flop Opens Door to Lawsuits by Property Owners Targeted by HART
By Robert Thomas @ 6:55 PM :: 2425 Views :: Land Use, Rail

...if a taking is abandoned or dismissed prior to final judgment, the condemnor is on the hook for "damages."....

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Friday, June 17, 2016
Full Text: Caldwell statement on rail project
By News Release @ 3:34 AM :: 2020 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

"...and secure additional funding to complete the last five miles of the project to Ala Moana...."

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Thursday, June 16, 2016
Flip Flop: Caldwell Suddenly Decides Rail Must End at Middle Street
By Rep Charles Djou @ 9:14 PM :: 1664 Views :: Rail

Earlier today, Kirk Caldwell had a massive change of position on rail by admitting that the route might need to be shortened to end at Middle Street....

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Djou: HART Grab for City Loan Highlights Caldwell’s Untrustworthiness
By Rep Charles Djou @ 1:18 PM :: 2017 Views :: Rail

Yesterday, KHON's Gina Mangieri covered a story detailing HART's request to borrow a minimum of $20 million more for rail, this time on the city's credit....

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Thursday, June 09, 2016
HART Consultant: Nobody Knows What Rail Will Cost
By Audio @ 10:53 PM :: 1676 Views :: Rail

“For so many things to come out at this pretty late stage is very unusual.”

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Thursday, June 09, 2016
Djou Reacts to HART Board Announcing More Cost Increases for Rail
By Rep Charles Djou @ 3:00 AM :: 1783 Views :: Rail

“We need a leader who will stand up for the people and protect hard-working families from the out-of control costs of the rail system."

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Thursday, June 02, 2016
Caldwell ‘Disappointed’ With Council Budget
By News Release @ 4:45 PM :: 1567 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

...City Council approves $6.8B cap on rail spending....

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Thursday, May 26, 2016
Ethics: Hawaii DoT Capital Improvements Director in Bed with Parsons Brinckerhoff–Literally
By News Release @ 2:56 PM :: 3207 Views :: Energy, Ethics, Rail

...her spouse was employed by Parsons as a Vice President and was Parsons’ principal consultant and a point of contact for 12 DOT Parsons Projects....

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Thursday, May 26, 2016
After One Month as HART Chair, Hanabusa flees to run for Congress
By Andrew Walden @ 12:51 AM :: 3643 Views :: Democratic Party, Congressional Delegation, Politicians, Rail

Hanabusa is an opportunist. She gave up her House seat to achieve something bigger and better in the Senate, but she lost....

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Sunday, May 22, 2016
Honolulu Rail: It Just Keeps Getting Worse
By Selected News Articles @ 5:17 AM :: 2207 Views :: Rail

At $2.9 billion this extra cost is nearly $3,000 for every man, woman and child in Honolulu. It is more than $8,500 per household....

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Full Text: FTA Statement on Rail—$8 Billion Dollars and 8 More Years
By News Release @ 6:44 PM :: 2010 Views :: Rail

...Until FTA receives and approves a revised project cost estimate, schedule, and financial plan which includes a commitment of all of the local funds needed to cover that cost estimate, FTA cannot award the FY2015 or FY2016 increments....

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Sunday, May 15, 2016
$10 Billion Is the Ultimate Price Tag for Honolulu's Rail Boondoggle
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 8:22 PM :: 2647 Views :: Rail

...and we haven't seen the half of it yet....

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Sunday, May 08, 2016
Transient Oriented Schools: Impacting Housing Costs
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1702 Views :: Education K-12, Rail

Forced exactions to fund our government don’t always come from taxing agencies....

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Saturday, May 07, 2016
Rail: Taxpayers Robbed of $1.88B and Counting
By News Release @ 4:19 PM :: 2433 Views :: Rail

"Our overall surcharge revenue is still tracking about 1.12 per cent below projections, which amounts to roughly $36 million less than projected."

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Thursday, April 21, 2016
Hanabusa Named Chair of HART
By News Release @ 10:02 PM :: 2612 Views :: Rail

“We look like potted plants.” -- Formby

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Saturday, April 16, 2016
Full Text: Honolulu Audit Report on Rail
By News Release @ 3:28 AM :: 2359 Views :: Rail

...HART’s financial and operating plans are not reliable....

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Full Text: Resigning Horner vs Martin–HECO vs HART
By News Release @ 7:20 PM :: 2174 Views :: Rail

...your letter singled out my performance as a HART Board member and used the term "mismanagement."....

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Monday, April 11, 2016
Rail Chaos in Honolulu
By Selected News Articles @ 4:22 AM :: 2106 Views :: Rail

...“the nation’s largest infrastructure fiasco by far” on a per capita basis....

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Saturday, April 09, 2016
City Council Chose Near-Impossible Dillingham Blvd Rail Route
By Selected News Articles @ 5:37 PM :: 2511 Views :: Rail
Should the cost of shoehorning an overhead guideway into this morass have been figured into the budget early on?
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Thursday, March 24, 2016
Lawsuit Dismissed: State’s 10% Rail Tax Skim Stands
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:17 PM :: 1887 Views :: Rail, Taxes

"Judge Nacino’s ruling doesn’t say that no problem exists, but just says that his court isn’t the one that can fix it”

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016
TomTom: Honolulu 6th Most Congested in USA
By News Release @ 12:07 AM :: 1728 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Rail
Congestion Level: 29% More Travel Time Compared With Free-Flow—a 3% Drop from Last Year
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Monday, March 21, 2016
The hidden hand of the state is reaching for your car keys
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:39 PM :: 1894 Views :: Environment, Rail

...by 2028, every car sold in the state would have to be electric or hydrogen cell powered....

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Friday, March 18, 2016
Police Raid Offices of Honolulu Rail Car Supplier
By Selected News Articles @ 1:28 PM :: 2886 Views :: Rail

...Prosecutors are looking into alleged collusion between Hitachi and Finmeccanica over the price paid Finmeccanica for its 40 percent stake in Ansaldo STS....

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Thursday, March 17, 2016
Panos Prevedouros: Rail, Traffic and Energy
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:02 PM :: 1803 Views :: Energy, Rail

A conversation with Dr. Keli'i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute, about traffic congestion, Honolulu rail and Hawaii's renewable energy plans....

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Thursday, March 17, 2016
Honolulu Drivers Waste 49 Hours in Traffic
By News Release @ 3:16 AM :: 1986 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Rail

... Honolulu ranks 10th in US traffic time wasted ....

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Rail, TheBus and HandiVan Operations – Under HART or the Mayor?
By Natalie Iwasa @ 2:29 PM :: 1696 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

...“cannibalized” by rail....

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Sunday, March 13, 2016
Auditor: Handi-Van Not ADA-Compliant
By News Release @ 4:09 AM :: 1634 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

OTS Handi-Van on-time performance has declined 5% over the past three years; customers experience excessive trip times....

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Thursday, March 03, 2016
Honolulu Charter Commission to Discuss Rail-Related Proposals Friday
By Selected News Articles @ 1:36 PM :: 1600 Views :: Rail

...a dozen proposals related to the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit....

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Friday, February 26, 2016
Court: Kawananakoa Can’t Sue Over Tainted Rail Votes
By News Release @ 4:19 AM :: 2102 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Rail

...An ethics scandal called into question more than 100 votes cast by Honolulu City Council members....

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Sunday, February 07, 2016
HART Errors – Lack of Acknowledgement is Troublesome
By Natalie Iwasa @ 5:36 PM :: 1329 Views :: Rail

...HART did not address the issue of the error....

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Wednesday, February 03, 2016
Experts split on rail’s options
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 2:00 AM :: 1739 Views :: Rail

...make lemonade with the lemons that you bought....

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Monday, February 01, 2016
Rail’s Numbers – A Pattern of Errors and Inconsistencies
By Natalie Iwasa @ 12:07 PM :: 1662 Views :: Rail
...HART Chair Don Horner then made a point of asking the auditors whether they had found any “pattern of errors,” “inconsistencies” or “sloppy information.”....
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Thursday, January 28, 2016
Is HART's train factory a joke?
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 3:14 AM :: 2488 Views :: Rail

This is the latest picture of the first four rail cars that are “expected to arrive this Spring”....

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016
2015: Hawaii Adds Most Construction Jobs Per Capita
By News Release @ 4:36 PM :: 1643 Views :: Labor, Rail
Hawaii added the highest percentage of new construction jobs during the past year (15.5 percent, 4,800 jobs)....
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Sunday, January 24, 2016
Honolulu Rail Project Cost Approaching One Half of Boston Big Dig
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 4:26 PM :: 2572 Views :: Rail

On a per-capita basis, this will be the nation’s largest infrastructure fiasco....

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