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Monday, February 01, 2016
Rail’s Numbers – A Pattern of Errors and Inconsistencies
By Natalie Iwasa @ 12:07 PM :: 1745 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 :: 2571 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 :: 1726 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 :: 2642 Views :: Rail

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

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Sunday, January 17, 2016
Buy America! For an extra $3M – this time
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1771 Views :: Rail

The low bidder for the Kamehameha Highway Stations Group appeared to be Watts Constructors, which bid $112.7 million for the project. The job went to Nan Inc., which bid $115.8 million. Why did that happen?....

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Friday, January 15, 2016
Highlights of HART Rail Project (2004 to 2015)
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 5:21 PM :: 1688 Views :: Rail

2004: Newly elected Mayor Hannemann asserts that 34 miles of rail will cost $2.7 Billion....

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Up to 72% of Council Campaign Contributions from Hoopili and Rail
By News Release @ 3:06 PM :: 3108 Views :: Ethics, Development, Rail

...another vote on Bill 23 (2015), CD1 - Relating to the Transportation Surcharge, will be required of Committee members at the Budget Committee meeting on Wednesday....

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Wednesday, January 06, 2016
HART: Construction Costs Soaring—Another $240M Tacked on to Overruns
By News Release @ 5:42 PM :: 2207 Views :: Rail

...construction cost escalation for Oahu for years 2013 and 2014 has averaged 10.3% per year....

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Hoopili: Is the State Prohibited from Rezoning "Potential" Important Ag Land?
By Robert Thomas @ 4:10 AM :: 3956 Views :: Agriculture, Development, Land Use, Rail

...last week, the Hawaii Supreme Court issued a 4-1 ruling in Friends of Makakilo v. D.R. Horton-Schuler Homes, LLC....

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Thursday, December 24, 2015
HART Didn’t Pick Lowest Bid For Rail Stations
By News Release @ 9:57 PM :: 2293 Views :: Rail

$3.1M higher ....

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Supreme Court: Hoopili ‘Necessary for Urban Growth’
By Robert Thomas @ 3:44 PM :: 3505 Views :: Agriculture, Development, Land Use, Rail

"This appeal involves a long-standing issue in this state: balancing agricultural and urban land uses."

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Bizarre News: State Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Hoopili
By Andrew Walden @ 8:47 PM :: 3078 Views :: Environment, Development, Rail

Justices ruled 4-1 that the Hoopili development can proceed....

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Saturday, December 12, 2015
Charter Commission Agenda: Defer all ‘Proposals to Dismantle HART’
By Natalie Iwasa @ 9:09 PM :: 2414 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday December 17 at 3:30 p.m....

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Friday, December 04, 2015
Does Transit-Oriented Development Need the Transit?
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 12:03 AM :: 2454 Views :: Development, Rail

...rail proximity was not an independently significant predictor of auto ownership....

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Sunday, November 29, 2015
Rail: Thumbing Our Nose at the Feds
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 2100 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...the Honolulu City Council is considering an ordinance to extend the rail tax....

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Sunday, November 15, 2015
Rail Funds Frozen? Feds Explain ‘Officially’ and ‘Unofficially’ What they Told Caldwell
By Andrew Walden @ 3:54 PM :: 4023 Views :: Rail

...we at Hawai’i Free Press tried a novel approach—actually contacting FTA spokespeople in Washington to see what they had to say about it....

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Saturday, November 14, 2015
Feds Freeze Rail Funds? HART Knows Nothing About Caldwell’s Latest Pressure Tactic
By News Release @ 12:20 AM :: 2912 Views :: Ethics, Politicians, Rail, Taxes

...the FTA has not reached out to HART and officials were not aware the money was in jeopardy....

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Friday, November 13, 2015
How Do You Design an Electric Train without Considering the Electricity?
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 1:02 AM :: 2634 Views :: Energy, Rail

...what will the train’s power bill be for decades to come?....

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Let's Create a Higher Standard for Ethical Government
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:44 PM :: 2045 Views :: Ethics, Rail

If we want to see more responsible and accountable government, then it's up to the public to set the standard for what ethical government looks like....

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015
HART Math – When 1 + 1 Doesn’t Equal 2
By Natalie Iwasa @ 1:28 PM :: 1886 Views :: Rail

...project expenditures are $1,637M, $1,581M or $1,512M, depending on which report one looks at....

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Saturday, November 07, 2015
WaPo: How transportation became the latest victim of America’s culture wars
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 9:50 PM :: 1815 Views :: Rail

It’s social engineering: getting people out of their soulless single-family suburban homes....

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Friday, October 30, 2015
Charter Amendment: HART to Take Over TheBus, Handi-Van, Milk them to Cover Rail Operating Expenses
By Andrew Walden @ 7:40 PM :: 2152 Views :: Rail

The Group met on October 13, 2015 and discussed possible Charter amendment topics, which included the consolidation of the TheBus, TheHandi-Van, and rail into one entity....

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015
DoTax Mood Swings Put Extra $8M in Rail Coffers
By News Release @ 12:55 AM :: 1827 Views :: Rail, Taxes

State Department of Taxation officials have pointed to a lag in processing tax returns as a key reason for the swings....

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Saturday, October 24, 2015
Taxpayers Sue Hawaii for Rail Money Grab
By Selected News Articles @ 12:06 AM :: 2080 Views :: Rail, Taxes

Hawaii has grabbed tens of millions of dollars from Honolulu County taxpayers and diverted it to the general fund, rather than using it for a mass transit rail project as intended....

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Thursday, October 22, 2015
Rail Surcharge: Necessary and Proper?
By Selected News Articles @ 8:23 PM :: 1874 Views :: Rail, Taxes

Sylvia Luke wants it as a slush fund to purchase Ali’i Place. Ernie Martin wants it to build affordable housing....

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Lawsuit Challenges 10% Skimmed by State from Honolulu Rail Surcharge
By News Release @ 7:52 PM :: 1702 Views :: Rail

The Tax Foundation of Hawaii, a nonprofit taxpayer watchdog organization, has filed suit against the State....

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Saturday, October 10, 2015
VIDEO: Albert Einstein and Neil Armstrong Discuss Honolulu's Rail
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 12:17 AM :: 1627 Views :: Rail

Albert Einstein and Neil Armstrong Discuss Honolulu's Rail....

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Thursday, October 08, 2015
City: Dismiss Lawsuit over Unethical Council Rail Votes
By News Release @ 4:11 PM :: 2005 Views :: Ethics, Rail

"...it is the city’s Ethics Commission that should administer the city’s standards of conduct...."

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Thursday, October 08, 2015
Factors that Explain Honolulu's High Pedestrian Accident Rate
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 10:27 AM :: 2611 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Rail

Hawaii is shown to have the 4th worst pedestrian accident rate in the nation....

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Wednesday, October 07, 2015
FULL TEXT: Whistleblower Suit Claims Ansaldo Padding Rail Contract
By Selected News Articles @ 7:15 PM :: 2641 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...money meant for the rail project is being diverted to other Ansaldo divisions....

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Panos: Why Rail Projects Don't Get Stopped
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 4:20 PM :: 2464 Views :: Rail

Last week one of my students asked why rail projects don't get stopped....

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Friday, September 25, 2015
UHERO: Tourism, Construction Lead Economy
By UHERO @ 4:41 PM :: 2502 Views :: Economy, Rail, Tourism

Tourism is pushing toward new records, and the construction upswing is building in strength....

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Friday, September 25, 2015
Caldwell, Hanabusa: HART Will Need More from Legislature
By News Release @ 3:17 AM :: 3165 Views :: Rail, Taxes

"...come January, when the Legislature convenes, we’re going to have to address it...."

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Thursday, September 17, 2015
FULL TEXT: HART Invents New Billion Dollar 'Crisis' to Pressure Council for Tax Hike
By Andrew Walden @ 6:31 PM :: 1974 Views :: Rail

...HART is now ginning up a new billion dollar "financial emergency" timed to justify a Honolulu Council vote to raise the GE Tax by 0.5% for the years 2022-2027....

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Conference to discuss development opportunities, environmental issues along rail line
By News Release @ 5:06 AM :: 2929 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Rail

The workshop is designed for landowners, developers, real estate brokers....

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Thursday, September 10, 2015
Rail Builds Four Miles, First Car Shipped from Italy
By News Release @ 3:02 AM :: 2396 Views :: Rail

...the first two rail cars are now in Pittsburg, California and are on schedule to arrive in Honolulu in the first quarter of 2016....

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Wednesday, September 09, 2015
Full Text: Lawsuit Seeks Nullification of Six Councilmembers’ Rail Votes
By Andrew Walden @ 3:54 PM :: 2725 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Rail

...the resulting measures are void and unenforceable....

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Tuesday, September 08, 2015
Rail Revote: Is There Anybody Without a Conflict of Interest?
By News Release @ 5:17 PM :: 2920 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Rail

...all Council members received a great number of donations from entities that would profit directly from approval of the Ho’opili/Rail project....

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Gridlock: Honolulu Commuters Waste 50 Hours/year in Traffic
By News Release @ 10:40 PM :: 2724 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Rail

...Honolulu came in 18th, with 50 hours of delay per commuter, costing $1,125....

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Saturday, August 01, 2015
"How Much Will Rail Cost Us In the End?"
By Robert Thomas @ 3:36 AM :: 2174 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...the only honest answer is "as much as it takes."....

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015
HART: Caldwell Appoints 'Expert' tied to Rail Projects Even More Messed up than Ours
By News Release @ 10:34 PM :: 1920 Views :: Rail

Mr Burns' extensive rail project experience includes the Third Street Light Rail and Central Subway Project in San Francisco....

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Saturday, July 18, 2015
HART seeks applicants for vacancy on Board of Directors
By News Release @ 2:19 PM :: 1618 Views :: Rail

“We are looking for an individual who ... supports rail transit ...” said HART Board Chairman Ivan Lui-Kwan....

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Thursday, July 16, 2015
Ige Signs Rail Tax Hike, Demands HART Report to Him
By News Release @ 3:33 AM :: 2864 Views :: Rail, Taxes

The excise tax is an investment by the taxpayers of Hawai‘i and my job is to ensure that their hard earned money is being spent efficiently, effectively and productively....

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Congress Appropriates $250M for Rail -- Delegation, Mayor Keep Silent Until Ige Agrees not to Veto Rail Tax Hike
By News Release @ 10:40 PM :: 2263 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Rail

The U.S. House passed its FY 2016 transportation appropriations bill earlier this month, and the Senate bill was reported from the Senate Committee on Appropriations on June 25....

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Monday, June 29, 2015
Grassroot Institute Publishes HART Check Register
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:16 PM :: 2826 Views :: Rail

The HART check register can be viewed here ....

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Rail Creates Only 870 Local Jobs
By News Release @ 11:38 PM :: 2859 Views :: Rail

Remember This?  "Rail Construction Will Create about 10,000 jobs Each Year" ....

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Thursday, June 11, 2015
Rail: The Cost is the Benefit
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 1:18 AM :: 2053 Views :: Rail

"It must always be remembered how cost-effectiveness works in the public sector: the cost is the benefit."

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Tuesday, June 02, 2015
Fox, Henhouse: Caldwell Appoints Hanabusa to HART Board
By News Release @ 5:15 PM :: 2536 Views :: Rail
“The largest public works project in Oahu’s history demands the strongest possible oversight” -- Caldwell
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Wednesday, May 06, 2015
Rail: It’s Going to Be a Bumpy Ride
By Selected News Articles @ 6:31 PM :: 2369 Views :: Rail

At least two concrete columns have developed cracks and have had to be replaced....

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Wednesday, May 06, 2015
Rail Tax Hike: How They Voted
By Andrew Walden @ 1:14 AM :: 2977 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, Taxes

Senate 21-4 : House 39-12

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