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Tuesday, July 15, 2014
TOD Plan to Bulldoze Mayor Wright Homes
By News Release @ 12:59 PM :: 2131 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 :: 1986 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 :: 2299 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 :: 4200 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 :: 1482 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 :: 1648 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 :: 2757 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 :: 2365 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 :: 2808 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 :: 2544 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 :: 2560 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 :: 2026 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 :: 1518 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 :: 2162 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 :: 1795 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 :: 2594 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 :: 2463 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 :: 1621 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 :: 2358 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 :: 2102 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 :: 1588 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 :: 2244 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 :: 2096 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 :: 4497 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 :: 1846 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 :: 1537 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 :: 2281 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 :: 2863 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 :: 2275 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 :: 3195 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 :: 2490 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 :: 2085 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 :: 1990 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 :: 1743 Views :: Rail 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 :: 1862 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 :: 2932 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 :: 3322 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 :: 2302 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 :: 2111 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 :: 4836 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 :: 1890 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 :: 1897 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 :: 1884 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 :: 6689 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 :: 1302 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 :: 3213 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 :: 1917 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 :: 2776 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 :: 1737 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 :: 2460 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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