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Friday, November 14, 2014
City to host free TOD symposium Saturday, November 22
By News Release @ 10:10 PM :: 2268 Views :: Development, Rail

Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Neal Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall....

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Friday, November 14, 2014
As the Nation Turns, Hawaii is Still Driven
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 6:00 PM :: 2184 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Rail

“Hawaii’s driving never really went down – it just flattened out and then started going up again as opposed to the mainland, which made a U-turn....”

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Friday, November 07, 2014
Waipahu Rail Development -- Zoning Meeting
By News Release @ 10:54 PM :: 2373 Views :: Development, Rail

The meeting is set for 6:30-8:30 p.m., Nov. 13, in the Waipahu Intermediate School Cafeteria....

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Friday, October 31, 2014
Panos: Next Governor Should Focus on Transportation, Energy
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 7:48 PM :: 3043 Views :: Energy, Politicians, Rail

The renewable mandates make Hawaii more unaffordable and the mothballed interisland cable is yet another boondoggle....

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Saturday, October 25, 2014
$40.8M Missing: Rail GE Tax Revenues Short Again
By News Release @ 2:50 AM :: 2426 Views :: Rail, Taxes

10% shortfall--just happens to equal the State's override for collecting the tax....

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Sunday, October 19, 2014
Former Execs of Honolulu Rail Supplier Parent Company Get Two Year Prison Term
By Selected News Articles @ 6:35 PM :: 2685 Views :: Rail

...paying tens of millions of euros to Indian officials including a former Air Force head through intermediaries and falsifying invoices to win a high-profile contract....

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Ige Wants To Charge $500 For Parking In Downtown Honolulu!?
By News Release @ 2:40 PM :: 3316 Views :: Politicians, Rail, Cost of Living

"Senator Ige's latest extreme proposal clearly demonstrates that the cost of living in Hawaii is at the bottom of his list of priorities...."

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Six Council Members Bought Off by Lobbyists, Key Rail Votes may be Nullified
By Selected News Articles @ 5:18 PM :: 3819 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...Key votes on the city rail transit project and other issues might be invalidated because Honolulu City Council members failed to disclose conflicts of interest after being wined and dined by lobbyists....

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Friday, September 19, 2014
Panos: Hoopili Traffic Assessments Untruthful
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 1:47 AM :: 3252 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Rail

...Hoopili’s traffic impact will be immense with or without rail....

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Tuesday, September 09, 2014
Rail Opening Delayed One Year as Budget Busting Bids Tossed Out
By Selected News Articles @ 11:13 PM :: 2099 Views :: Rail

...HART is throwing out three bids for the first nine stations in the city’s $5.16 billion rail transit project....

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Wednesday, September 03, 2014
GE Tax: Will Cost Overruns Lead to New Rail Showdown?
By Selected News Articles @ 2:29 PM :: 3134 Views :: Rail, Taxes
By their own admission, HART executives underestimated the effect of litigation on construction costs and schedules. Will they now underestimate their ability to push through an unpopular tax hike?
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Friday, August 29, 2014
RAILROADED: Rail construction Could put Small businesses out of business
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:51 AM :: 2390 Views :: Rail

Cliff Garcia operates Tropical Lamps & Shades on land his family has owned in the Kakaako district near downtown Honolulu for the past 70 years....

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Saturday, August 23, 2014
HART: Only 743 Local Jobs Created by Rail Work
By News Release @ 11:33 PM :: 2950 Views :: Labor, Rail

September 14, 2011: "The city initially claimed that rail would create 17,000 new jobs during the construction phase..."

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Yakuza? Triads? Technicalities Shred $50M Racketeering Suit Against Pro-Rail Hawaiian Stabilization Fund
By Selected News Articles @ 4:45 PM :: 4096 Views :: DHHL, Ethics, Labor, Rail

...Judge Chen found that all of the union members' allegations regarding the Hawaiian Stabilization Fund involve state-law causes of action over which the federal court has no jurisdiction....

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014
City to Discuss Ala Moana TOD Plan
By News Release @ 2:10 PM :: 2537 Views :: Development, Rail

...6 p.m., August 27, in the Washington Middle School Cafeteria....

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014
The Incompetence of HART: Cheapest Bid for 9 Stations Comes 75% Over Budget
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 10:28 PM :: 2045 Views :: Rail

These nine stations are the relatively easy ones to build... A couple of them are in empty fields....

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Monday, August 18, 2014
Not Red Hot: Hawaii Construction Employment Drops 1.4%
By News Release @ 9:01 PM :: 2678 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Rail

...Rail boss Grabauskas blames "red hot" construction market for rail cost overruns, but....

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Monday, August 11, 2014
2 PRP Candidates Win, 3 More Head to General
By News Release @ 10:57 PM :: 2875 Views :: Labor, Politicians, Rail

... News Release from PRP Frontgroup "Forward Progress" ....

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Friday, August 01, 2014
State Administrator Admits Federal Highway Dollars in Jeopardy
By News Release @ 8:13 PM :: 2683 Views :: Politicians, Rail, Republican Party

Unless the State elects a Republican to represent its needs and projects, Hawaii’s current all-Democrat delegation will have no seat in the majority caucus where decisions are made....

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Friday, July 25, 2014
HART Receives $49.5 M GET Revenue, Buys Embossed Column
By News Release @ 10:38 PM :: 1808 Views :: Rail

"We now have collected nearly $1.3 billion in surcharge revenue for rail construction...."

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Thursday, July 24, 2014
$15.45B Report: 560 Big Construction Projects for Hawaii
By News Release @ 10:04 PM :: 2890 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Rail

...we identified significant public and private infrastructure projects that are “on the books” over the next 20 years....

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014
TOD Plan to Bulldoze Mayor Wright Homes
By News Release @ 12:59 PM :: 2471 Views :: Development, Rail

...a Request for Qualifications seeking a master developer for the future mixed-income redevelopment of Mayor Wright Homes....

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014
City to hold Airport TOD Plan community workshop
By News Release @ 12:20 PM :: 2405 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Rail

The workshop is set for Tuesday, July 22, at the Aliamanu Elementary School Cafeteria, 3265 Salt Lake Boulevard, from 5:30-7:30 p.m....

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Friday, June 20, 2014
Honolulu Rail And The Use Of Eminent Domain
By Robert Thomas @ 8:35 PM :: 2603 Views :: Rail

...acquiring properties in Honolulu to build Oahu's rail transit system could involve 'judicious' use of eminent domain....

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Saturday, June 14, 2014
You're corrupt so you have no right to say I'm corrupt!
By News Release @ 6:25 PM :: 4788 Views :: Democratic Party, Ethics, Labor, Politicians, Rail

...Cayetano had claimed PRP's ad campaign tarnished his reputation by unfairly portraying him as corrupt for accepting about $500,000 in illegal campaign contributions during the Democrat's narrow re-election victory over Linda Lingle....

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Friday, June 13, 2014
HART completes 100th column along rail route
By News Release @ 5:35 PM :: 1714 Views :: Rail

...we have built 100 columns, about 130 foundations and have just put up the first segments of our guideway....

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Monday, June 02, 2014
The Worst of Both: The Rise of High-Cost, Low-Capacity Rail Transit
By Selected News Articles @ 12:27 PM :: 1883 Views :: Rail

Honolulu is building a 20-mile elevated rail line that costs well over twice as much as the average light rail. Yet those lines will be limited to little (or no) more than light-rail capacities....

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Thursday, May 29, 2014
Aiea: More Condos, Fewer Traffic Lanes, and Toxic Waste
By News Release @ 3:24 AM :: 3292 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Development, Rail

...1,500 residential units in five towers will be the city’s first catalytic Transit Oriented Development project along the rail route....

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014
CitiBike? No, SillyBike
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 3:15 PM :: 2744 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail
"CitiBike has put out 6,000 bikes at 325 locations at a cost of $6,833 per bike."
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Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Railroading Paradise: Pro-Rail Sierra Club Releasing Rail Documentary
By News Release @ 5:47 AM :: 3080 Views :: Rail

Flashback 2012: "Members, Donors Threaten to Resign as Sierra Club Oahu Group Votes to Back Rail"

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Dangerous by Design: Hawaii Worst for Elderly Pedestrian Fatalities
By News Release @ 9:15 PM :: 2914 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 :: 2851 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 :: 2318 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 :: 1730 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 :: 2538 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 :: 2073 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 :: 3112 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 :: 2742 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 :: 1883 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 :: 2688 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 :: 2392 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 :: 1826 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 :: 2558 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 :: 2361 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 :: 4885 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 :: 2127 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 :: 1771 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 :: 2647 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 :: 3230 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 :: 2666 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Jones Act, Rail

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

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