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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 :: 1864 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 :: 1506 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 :: 1773 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 :: 1549 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 :: 1464 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 :: 1395 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 :: 1716 Views :: Ethics, Rail

" 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 :: 2179 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 :: 2343 Views :: Ethics, Rail 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 :: 2150 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 :: 2085 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 :: 2673 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 :: 1713 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 :: 2420 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 :: 2088 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 :: 2302 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 :: 2517 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 :: 2358 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 :: 1926 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 :: 1655 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 :: 1374 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 :: 2475 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 :: 1969 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 :: 2568 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 :: 2597 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 :: 1796 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 :: 2253 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 :: 2101 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 :: 2464 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, Taxes

Senate 21-4 : House 39-12

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Thursday, April 30, 2015
Desperate to Push GE Tax Hike Thru, HART Pretends Property Tax Hike is Only Alternative
By News Release @ 3:07 AM :: 2477 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, Taxes

Watch HART try to pitch a Property Tax hike in order to make the GE tax seem palatable....

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Thursday, April 23, 2015
HART GE Tax Receipts $9M Above Expectations
By News Release @ 9:54 PM :: 1730 Views :: Rail, Taxes
“We now have collected nearly $1.47 billion in local revenue funding for rail”
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Thursday, April 23, 2015
Tiny Honolulu Rail Stations Limit Capacity of $300M per Mile System
By Selected News Articles @ 2:18 PM :: 1988 Views :: Rail

Heavy-rail lines have much higher capacities because train lengths are limited only by platform lengths, which in most cases is 8 to 11 cars. But Honolulu is building a heavy-rail line whose platforms are only long enough to allow four 60-foot cars....

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Saturday, April 18, 2015
Auditor: City Unable to Track Federal Transportation Funds
By News Release @ 3:25 PM :: 2091 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

...grants and appropriations had lapsed or were subject to de-obligation because project managers lacked accurate, complete and reliable information....

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Saturday, April 18, 2015
Desperate to Pass Rail Tax, HART Finally Agrees to Televise One Meeting
By News Release @ 2:12 PM :: 1890 Views :: Rail

‘Ōlelo to provide live television coverage of next week’s Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation’s (HART) Board of Directors meeting....

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Friday, April 17, 2015
DBEDT: Solo Commuters up 74%
By News Release @ 2:26 PM :: 1661 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Rail

The number of commuters driving alone increased 74.2 percent from 253,680 in 1980 to 441,988 in the 2009-2013 period....

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Senate Passes Rail Surcharge Extension, State to Skim $496M
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 2:54 AM :: 2091 Views :: Rail, Taxes

Senators Russell Ruderman, Glenn Wakai, Lee Ihara, Mike Gabbard and Gilbert Keith-Agaran voted in the affirmative but with reservations.  A no vote at this stage serves to exclude the person voting no from participating in the Conference Committee....

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Stop the Rail GET Surcharge Extension Bills
By News Release @ 5:38 AM :: 1856 Views :: Rail, Taxes

HB134 will be voted on this Tuesday - 4/14 - in the State Senate....

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Sunday, April 12, 2015
Rail Tax: If You Don't Ask You Don't Get
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2340 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...we are getting closer to a resolution on the two bills that are seeking to extend the life of the 0.5% Oahu county surcharge on our general excise tax....

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Thursday, April 09, 2015
Rail Tax: 2022 Sunset is Only Remaining Check on HART Spending
By Natalie Iwasa @ 2:58 AM :: 1795 Views :: Rail, Taxes

The only way to contain costs is to force HART to live within its current means....

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Monday, April 06, 2015
Prosecutor: HART & OHA Auditing Firm Victim of 3-year, $500K Embezzlement Scheme
By News Release @ 6:55 PM :: 7114 Views :: Ethics, OHA, Rail

... from January 27, 2011, through and including January 27, 2014, Oki perpetrated four separate and distinct fraudulent reimbursement schemes against PKF Pacific Hawaii ....

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Wednesday, April 01, 2015
State DoT Stages Massive Traffic Jam Just in Time for April Fools Day Rail Tax Vote
By Selected News Articles @ 1:58 AM :: 2898 Views :: Rail 9:30 a.m."the ZipMobile died"....

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015
88 hours stuck in Traffic: Honolulu 3rd Most Congested in US
By News Release @ 5:28 PM :: 2877 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Rail

...Delay per year with a 30 min commute -- 88 hours...

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Friday, March 27, 2015
UHERO: Despite Kakaako, Residential building permits fell last year
By UHERO @ 11:03 PM :: 3296 Views :: Development, Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Rail

...Assuming affirmative resolution of ongoing entitlement battles for Hoopili and Koa Ridge, single-family building will begin to pick up over the next two years....

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Thursday, March 26, 2015
Honolulu Auditor Releases Citizen Centric Report
By News Release @ 5:12 PM :: 1915 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

Characteristics receiving the lowest percentage of excellent or good ratings were the availability of affordable quality housing, cost of living, and traffic flow on major streets....

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Thursday, March 26, 2015
Eminent Domain And The Honolulu Rail
By Robert Thomas @ 4:59 PM :: 2096 Views :: Rail

...eminent domain, property rights, and the Honolulu rail project....

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Saturday, March 21, 2015
GE Tax: Significant negative effect to state economy
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:24 AM :: 1728 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...The current trend of increasing state and county revenues via various state tax increases and surcharges represents the sort of short-term planning that inevitably leads to economic troubles....

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Friday, March 20, 2015
Top Issues? Budget, Homelessness, Housing, Rail Tax, and Marijuana
By Selected News Articles @ 2:56 PM :: 2394 Views :: Homelessness, Rail, Taxes, Drugs

A report on the top state issues of 2015....

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Lawsuit: OE Local 3 Hawaiian Stabilization - multimillion-dollar slush fund for union bosses
By Selected News Articles @ 10:26 PM :: 4288 Views :: DHHL, Labor, Rail

...union members accuse union leadership of cavorting with the Japanese Yakuza and the Chinese Triads crime syndicates....

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Sunday, March 15, 2015
Leaked Docs: Wong, Dwyer, and Harry Mattson Got 26% of Kanaiolowalu Contracting Budget
By Andrew Walden @ 9:41 PM :: 4752 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA, Rail

Contracts with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) reveal hundreds of thousands of dollars in Kanaiolowalu “consulting” fees paid in 2012 and 2013 to Dwyer and Wong....

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Sunday, March 15, 2015
Video: House Republicans Speak Out on HB134 Rail Tax
By Video @ 4:23 PM :: 2157 Views :: Rail, Republican Party, Taxes

...0.25 per cent rate, beginning January 1, 2017. Amends the administrative fee for the collection of a county surcharge by the State....

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