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Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Dangerous by Design: Hawaii Worst for Elderly Pedestrian Fatalities
By News Release @ 9:15 PM :: 2450 Views :: Development, Hawaii Statistics, Rail

...while older residents age 65+ comprise 13.7 percent of our population, they accounted for nearly 42 percent of pedestrian fatalities across Hawaii....

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Wednesday, May 07, 2014
Finding Probable Violations, Ethics Commission Seeks Jurisdiction Over HART
By News Release @ 6:02 AM :: 2485 Views :: Ethics, Rail

Over the last several years, the Ethics Commission has faced an increase in complaints of unethical conduct by these individuals....

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Sunday, May 04, 2014
HART 3 Month Take--Another $61.7M from Taxpayers
By News Release @ 1:42 AM :: 1925 Views :: Rail, Taxes

The half-percent GET surcharge for Oahu, which by law can only be used for Honolulu's rail system, began in January 2007 and is set to expire at the end of 2022....

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Friday, May 02, 2014
Pinata: HART Celebrates Cinco de Mayo With Rail Contractors' Festival
By News Release @ 5:11 PM :: 1457 Views :: Rail

...designed to bring large prime contractors together with local companies, and to provide the latest information about upcoming construction contracts....

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Thursday, April 17, 2014
City Seeks Input on Transit-oriented Development, Affordable Housing
By News Release @ 6:19 PM :: 2053 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Rail

...developing an Affordable Housing Strategy for Oahu.....

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014
"Modern" Light Rail: Worth the Investment?
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 10:02 PM :: 1699 Views :: Rail

The answer comes quickly in the introduction of this well-researched article in The Atlantic Cities....

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Monday, April 07, 2014
Why Infrastructure Projects Cost Way More Than They Should
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 11:21 PM :: 2457 Views :: National News, Development, Labor, Rail

The Atlantic Cities magazine published a condensed analysis of seven main reasons that explain why U.S infrastructure project cost more than elsewhere....

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Saturday, March 22, 2014
Ansaldo Breda Forced to Buy Back Defective Trainsets
By Selected News Articles @ 4:27 PM :: 2392 Views :: Rail

Under an agreement announced on March 17, AnsaldoBreda will take back all 16 V250s ordered by NS and return €125m to the operator....

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Friday, March 21, 2014
HART Lawyer Gives Last Word on Rail Case
By Robert Thomas @ 6:15 PM :: 1552 Views :: Rail

Mr. Thornton notes that the decision is one "of national importance for transit and highway projects" because....

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Thursday, March 13, 2014
U.S. District Court's Honolulu Rail Compliance Order – A Slam Dunk
By Robert Thomas @ 4:33 PM :: 2267 Views :: Judiciary, Rail

...Judge A. Wallace Teshima’s truly final order in the case: the Order on Objection to Notice of Compliance, which coincidentally (or perhaps not) was issued on the same day (February 18, 2014) as the Ninth Circuit opinion....

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Concrete Brutality: HART Rail Stations Revealed
By Video @ 11:36 PM :: 2023 Views :: Rail

HART video shows design for rail stations from Aloha Stadium to Kapolei.

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Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Dead on Arrival: Obama’s FY 2015 Budget includes $250 million for rail
By News Release @ 3:08 AM :: 1521 Views :: Rail
POLITICO: "Yes, we all know President Barack Obama’s budget is dead on arrival."
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Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Survey: Honolulu Traffic Gets 18% Worse
By News Release @ 7:56 PM :: 2154 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Rail
As GDP goes up, MPH goes down....
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Tuesday, February 18, 2014
9th Circuit Court: Honolulu Rail Project On Track
By Robert Thomas @ 4:53 PM :: 2036 Views :: Rail

...the panel held that the FTA and the City did not go wrong when it did not adopt the "Managed Lanes Alternative" or the "bus rapid transit" alternative....

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Friday, February 14, 2014
Bad Company: Honolulu Rail Car Supplier Ansaldo Breda May be Sold, Liquidated
By Andrew Walden @ 5:12 AM :: 4382 Views :: Rail

...what was left of Ansaldo Breda would turn into a "bad company" to be gradually liquidated....

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Friday, February 14, 2014
Urban Planning for People
By NCPA @ 1:41 AM :: 1776 Views :: Development, Rail

The “Nirvana” of a transit-, walking-, and cycling-oriented metropolitan area proves to be no Nirvana at all.... 

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Monday, January 27, 2014
Community Meetings: Kapolei, Pearl City, Aiea Rail Stations
By News Release @ 10:47 PM :: 1485 Views :: Rail

The meeting to discuss the East Kapolei and UH-West Oahu rail stations is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 28, at the Kapolei Middle School....

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Thursday, January 16, 2014
Prominent labor leader convicted of mortgage fraud
By Malia Zimmerman @ 3:44 PM :: 2185 Views :: Labor, Law Enforcement, Rail

Perry Artates, a former Maui Hawaiian Homeland commissioner and prominent labor leader, will spend 45 days in federal prison for his role in a mortgage fraud case that left a Maui family homeless....

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Sunday, January 05, 2014
HART Audit Leaves Many Questions Unanswered
By Tom Berg @ 1:23 AM :: 2751 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...HART came into existence in July, 2012...detailed records related to HART’s predecessor were not readily available during our audit....

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Friday, December 20, 2013
Panos: Helmet Law, Jones Act Repeal Top Wish List for 2014
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 1:58 PM :: 2186 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Jones Act, Rail

My first transportation wish for 2014: Hawaii needs a motorcycle helmet law....

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Auditor: HART Paid $563K to Blogger who said Job was 'Obviously' to Help Pro-Rail Candidates
By Andrew Walden @ 3:47 AM :: 3119 Views :: Ethics, Rail

"With Pro-Rail Candidates Having Won the Primary Election, 55-to-45 Percent, the Project's Public Involvement Team Obviously Has Been Doing Its Job"


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Friday, December 06, 2013
HART Rail Art Application Illegally Prepared by State Workers
By News Release @ 10:13 PM :: 2408 Views :: Ethics, Rail

HART had issued an “Art-In Transit Call for Artists,” seeking proposals from artists for art at future rail stations....

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Tuesday, December 03, 2013
HSTA, Hotel Workers Sign Open Letter Calling for Kakaako Development Moratorium
By News Release @ 2:29 PM :: 1976 Views :: Development, Rail

Law imposing a one-year moratorium on HCDA approval of new projects that renews automatically....

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Rail: CH2M Hill Snags $46M General Engineering Contract
By News Release @ 2:19 AM :: 1927 Views :: Rail

The $46.1 million five-year contract awarded to CH2M Hill, Inc. covers oversight support for design review, scheduling and cost estimating, environmental and planning and interface management....

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Monday, November 25, 2013
HART Audit Reveals $83M Transfer of Federal Funds Kept off Books
By Andrew Walden @ 8:11 PM :: 1671 Views :: Rail

...one must ask whether the 'mistake' is intended to cover up some violation of Federal requirements attached to the $83M....

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Thursday, November 21, 2013
Transit Spending Slows Urban Growth
By Selected News Articles @ 12:58 PM :: 1758 Views :: Development, Rail

...regions that spend more money on transit seem to grow slower than regions that spend less....

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013
UPDATE: Audit of HART Propaganda Machine to be Released in December
By Tom Berg @ 4:10 PM :: 2836 Views :: Rail
The Council was told the audit would take less than a year to bring forth findings--so where is it?
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Friday, November 15, 2013
Who Can Afford Kakaako Workforce Housing?
By News Release @ 11:13 PM :: 3219 Views :: Development, Rail

Another hearing on the 801 South Street project will be held on Tuesday November 19 at 5:30 pm and a final hearing and decision making follows on Tuesday December 4....

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Friday, November 15, 2013
For USA, Honolulu, LA, SF, Seattle Among World's 20 Worst Traffic Cities
By Selected News Articles @ 3:37 PM :: 2187 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Rail

Los Angeles continues to be the most congested urban area in the United States, with an excess travel time of 35 percent. San Francisco (32 percent), Seattle, and much smaller Honolulu (tied at 28 percent)....

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Thursday, November 14, 2013
Making TOD Happen: City Launches 'I Wish' Photo Campaign
By News Release @ 7:49 PM :: 2028 Views :: Development, Rail

Some of the photos will be on display at the “Making TOD Happen” symposium set for 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Neal Blaisdell Center....

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Thursday, November 07, 2013
New lawsuit alleges former gubernatorial appointee’s involvement in financial shenanigans at union
By Malia Zimmerman @ 7:08 PM :: 4762 Views :: DHHL, Ethics, Labor, Rail

Hit men, Yakuza, Hells Angels, the Chinese crime syndicate and Hawaii politicians....

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Wednesday, November 06, 2013
TomTom: Honolulu 6th Worst Traffic in N. America
By News Release @ 11:14 PM :: 1787 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Rail

TomTom Traffic Index aims to provide the general public, industry and policy makers with unique and unbiased information about congestion levels in urban areas....

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Monday, November 04, 2013
Panos: Fighting Boondoggles--Honolulu Rail Transit
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 5:21 PM :: 1816 Views :: Rail

... presented at the 2013 American Dream conference in Washington, D.C. in mid-October ....

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Friday, November 01, 2013
Honolulu Planning Dep’t: “Making TOD Happen”
By News Release @ 4:54 AM :: 1804 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Rail

Saturday, November 16, 2013, at the Neal Blaisdell Center....

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Lawsuit: Gangsters Terrorize Union Members Forced to Fund Illegal Pro-Rail PAC Headed by Hawaiian Homes Commissioner
By Selected News Articles @ 3:33 PM :: 6518 Views :: DHHL, Ethics, Labor, Rail

...Union of Operating Engineers cavorts with international crime syndicates, spends union dues illegally and intimidates dissenters with threats of violence....

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Monday, October 28, 2013
HART to receive $63.7 million in GET surcharge revenue
By News Release @ 5:22 PM :: 1238 Views :: Rail

The $63,791,074 collected for the project from July through September marks the highest quarterly total received by HART to date....

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Friday, October 25, 2013
Kapolei NB Passes Anti-Rail Resolution
By News Release @ 10:11 PM :: 3115 Views :: Rail

This resolution passed entire neighborhood board by a vote of 6-2....

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Thursday, October 17, 2013
Rail: Judge Tashima Must Rule on Beretania Street Tunnel
By Honolulu Traffic @ 3:00 PM :: 1847 Views :: Rail

Judge Tashima still has to rule on whether the Beretania Street Tunnel is a viable alternative....

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Thursday, October 10, 2013
Rail: Let Them Eat Cake
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 12:28 AM :: 2703 Views :: Rail

Honolulu's public is starved for traffic congestion relief. The power elite has responded with let them have rail....

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Saturday, October 05, 2013
Rail Burns Thru $256M in 12 months with no Construction
By Honolulu Traffic @ 1:39 AM :: 1675 Views :: Rail

Of that amount $166 million was for professional services and that was likely all for Parsons Brinckerhoff....

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Thursday, October 03, 2013
Honolulu Roads 13th Worst in Nation, Cost Drivers $598 per year
By News Release @ 7:15 PM :: 2386 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

Forty-three percent of major roads in the Honolulu urban area are in poor condition, costing area drivers $598 each year....

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Thursday, October 03, 2013
Panos: Ten Plus One Reasons Why I Do Not Support The Honolulu Rail Project
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 3:20 PM :: 3576 Views :: Rail
Among all travel options on Oahu, mass transit serves 6% of the travelers, just slightly above the U.S average of 5%....
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Tuesday, September 03, 2013
Back on track? HI public works project to restart after year-long delay
By Malia Zimmerman @ 2:36 PM :: 1464 Views :: Rail

The city’s Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation will resume construction this month....

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Friday, August 30, 2013
State approves rail project's archaeological reports
By News Release @ 7:47 PM :: 1448 Views :: Rail

The State Historic Preservation Division (SHPD) has approved the archaeological survey reports for the Honolulu rail transit project, and cleared the way for permit applications....

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Friday, August 16, 2013
Rail Appeal Hearing: Judges Focus on Jurisdictional Issues
By Robert Thomas @ 4:48 AM :: 1991 Views :: Rail

it looks like at least two of the three judges are very skeptical whether there was an appeal able final order in the case....

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Pricey Honolulu rail project faces more legal hurdles
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:28 PM :: 2228 Views :: Rail
“If the judges apply the law I believe we will win.” -- Ben Cayetano
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Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Watch Honolulu Rail Appeal Live From SF 11AM Thursday
By Honolulu Traffic @ 3:18 PM :: 1488 Views :: Rail

Ninth Circuit Appeals Court hearing will last about one hour or less....

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Monday, August 12, 2013
DLNR Seeks Applications for SHPD Administrator
By News Release @ 5:21 PM :: 2059 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Rail

Closing date for applications is August 30, 2013....

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Monday, August 12, 2013
Rail: The remaining issues still before Judge Tashima
By Honolulu Traffic @ 1:11 PM :: 1688 Views :: Rail

the Judge ruled that the FTA and the City undertake the following....

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Thursday, August 08, 2013
Ninth Circuit Rail Appeal Preview
By Robert Thomas @ 5:13 PM :: 1906 Views :: Rail

Here's the latest on the federal court action....

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