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Friday, September 25, 2020
Even More Jammed with Bus Lane and Bike Lane "It’s about getting people out of their cars”
By News Release @ 7:46 PM :: 358 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Rail

...a bus-only lane on King St thru downtown just 1 block from the existing Hotel Street Busway....

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Monday, September 21, 2020
Council Candidate Greg Thielen Cautions Against Awarding P3 Contract Under Robbins' Tenure
By News Release @ 7:02 PM :: 440 Views :: Ethics, Rail

“...a potential worse case scenario of a contract award just before a leadership transition at HART and the City and County of Honolulu....”

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Saturday, September 19, 2020
Transit and the Mania for Density
By News Release @ 2:30 PM :: 436 Views :: Development, Land Use, Rail

...the Rasputin of urban planning....

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Monday, August 31, 2020
P3 Secrecy: Council Candidate Greg Thielen Calls for Removal of HART Executive Director
By News Release @ 7:07 PM :: 875 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Rail

...taxpayers of the City and County of Honolulu deserve to know the details of this proposed contract prior to any decision being made on it....

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Thursday, August 6, 2020
Pine urges direct federal oversight of rail’s P3 contract awards
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 8:52 PM :: 813 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...Pine is urging the Federal Transit Administration to conduct in-person oversight of rail project awards of so-called public-private-partnership, or P3 contracts....

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020
HART Now Makes Video Games
By Selected News Articles @ 5:14 PM :: 743 Views :: Ethics, Rail

... The game teaches children several curious lessons ....

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Friday, July 10, 2020
City Council defers borrowing for rail
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:11 AM :: 697 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

...a resolution that would have authorized up to $26 million in borrowing to help fund its over-budget and behind-schedule rail project....

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020
COVID Debt Bomb Puts Honolulu Over the Limit
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:48 PM :: 1046 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, COVID-19

...Honolulu county can't afford to borrow more for rail, Grassroot Institute says....

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Friday, June 19, 2020
Caldwell Signs Budget: Rail Faces ‘Hard Decisions’ due to Collapse of Economy
By News Release @ 5:01 AM :: 1169 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, COVID-19

...Caldwell expressed worries about the uncertainty of revenue collections that are supposed to pay for the city’s $9.2 billion rail project....

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Thursday, June 4, 2020
Honolulu’s Terrible Folly and a Transit Mystery
By Selected News Articles @ 11:18 PM :: 1292 Views :: Rail

...The 20-mile line is expected to cost $9.2 billion, more than the cost of the 243 miles of light-rail lines in Sacramento, Saint Louis, Salt Lake City, San Diego, and San Jose combined....

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020
GOP: Did Honolulu Council Act Illegally on Rail in 2011?
By Shirlene Ostrov @ 7:47 PM :: 1592 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Rail, Republican Party

... Earlier this month, the Hawaii Republican Party’s (HRP) Chairwoman Ms. Shirlene Ostrov sent a letter to Chief Daniel Hanagami, Special Agent, Office of the State Attorney General, who is investigating Honolulu’s Light Rail Project ....

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Friday, May 22, 2020
COVID-19 Proves Hawai’i Central Planners Got it All Wrong
By Mary Smart @ 10:38 PM :: 998 Views :: Land Use, Rail, COVID-19

...Hawai’i central planners should reevaluate their push to implement more and more projects, such as TOD, mass transit, and shared vehicles, which contribute to the spread of disease....

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Friday, May 22, 2020
Why Honolulu Rail Should be Torn Down Now
By Video @ 3:26 PM :: 1684 Views :: Rail, COVID-19

...They Never Saw It Coming....

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Monday, May 18, 2020
Billionaire Outlines Plan to Make Hawaii Residents Go Carless
By News Release @ 4:28 AM :: 1244 Views :: Rail

..."Framework for Hawaii's AV Future: Accessible, Automated, Connected, Electric, and Shared"....

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Saturday, May 9, 2020
Honolulu $90M grant money from the Federal Transit Administration
By News Release @ 1:49 AM :: 833 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, COVID-19

"...This money will directly support the City’s current transit service operations, TheBus and TheHandi-Van...."

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Friday, April 17, 2020
Who's Going to Ride Rail with COVID?
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 3:44 AM :: 1234 Views :: Rail, COVID-19

...How many people will be willing to use a mode of transportation where others breathe, sneeze and cough 2-3 feet from their face....

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Monday, April 6, 2020
Rail Contractors Speed up Construction while Oversight Personnel 'Work' from Home
By News Release @ 4:56 PM :: 943 Views :: Rail, COVID-19

...As HART operations and construction continue during the pandemic, HART staff has largely moved to tele-commuting....

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020
The Futility of Trying to Reduce Driving
By Selected News Articles @ 2:16 PM :: 1099 Views :: Energy, Environment, Rail

...Cars have been more energy efficient than transit buses since 1991....

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Friday, February 21, 2020
Public Invited to Testify on 233% Bus Fare Hike
By News Release @ 4:02 AM :: 1552 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, Cost of Living

...Railroaded: City proposes Mind-Blowing 233% increase in bus fares....

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Sunday, February 9, 2020
The ConAm Returns
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 1600 Views :: Education K-12, Rail, Taxes

...to impose a surcharge on real property tax....

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Thursday, January 23, 2020
Nobody in Hawaii really believes in sea level rise
By Andrew Walden @ 3:34 AM :: 2419 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Rail

...Perhaps HART should require its P3 partner to solve the ‘last mile problem’ by installing mooring cleats for gondolas.... 

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Friday, January 17, 2020
Hawaii GE Tax Hits 105.29% of Personal Income
By Tax Foundation @ 4:33 PM :: 1364 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Rail, Taxes

...The sales tax in Hawaii has a broad base that include many business-to-business services....

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Thursday, January 9, 2020
Audit: Handi-Van Phone System May be ADA Violation
By News Release @ 6:51 PM :: 1358 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Rail

...an ineffective communications system that sometimes prevents riders from making reservations, drops calls, and does not record voicemail complaints....

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Thursday, September 19, 2019
More Reasons to End HART Rail at Middle Street
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 4:09 PM :: 1355 Views :: Rail

...Next mayor will have mountains of problems, but a mere molehill of money to pay for them....

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Friday, September 13, 2019
Caldwell: "There will always be issues on construction costs and delays"
By News Release @ 7:25 PM :: 1379 Views :: Rail

...Feds still not ready to release the $744M....

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Friday, August 16, 2019
​End 'gut and replace'
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:39 PM :: 1350 Views :: Rail

...by the time Gov. David Ige signed it carried a price tag of $350 million....

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Friday, August 9, 2019
Hearings to Set Rail Fares
By News Release @ 12:36 AM :: 2024 Views :: Rail

...the City's Rate Commission has scheduled meetings for July, August, and September to receive public input on fares for the rail system....

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Saturday, July 27, 2019
GAO Looks at Honolulu Rail Project
By News Release @ 2:15 AM :: 1615 Views :: Rail

...Federal Transit Administration Could Improve Information on Estimating Project Costs....

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019
HART Board: Kim not gone--Stays on to Maintain Quorum
By Andrew Walden @ 10:22 PM :: 12281 Views :: Ethics, Labor, Rail

...Kim says he will stay until a replacement Board member is selected....

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Sunday, June 9, 2019
Warmers: $23B Homes to be Destroyed in Urban Honolulu
By News Release @ 3:10 AM :: 2936 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Rail

... meanwhile the State and City keep building Rail in the alleged inundation zone .... 

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Friday, June 7, 2019
Honolulu needs a spending cap, pronto!
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:42 PM :: 2498 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, Taxes

... This week, the Honolulu City Council approved an operating budget of $2.8 billion, an increase of 8.8% over last year’s budget and almost $1 million more than the amount proposed by Mayor Kirk Caldwell ....

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Sunday, May 26, 2019
The “Rail Skim” Suit: We Lost the Battle, Taxpayers Won the War
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 3085 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Taxes

...A long time ago the Tax Foundation of Hawaii sued the State....

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Thursday, May 9, 2019
Audit the Rail: Why does it matter?
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:53 PM :: 2118 Views :: Ethics, Rail

..."What now for rail?" was the question considered by three prominent guests at a sold-out luncheon event sponsored last week by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii....

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Audio: Akina Interviewed on KSSK ‘Perry & the Posse’
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:34 PM :: 2585 Views :: OHA, Rail

...Hawaii radio personality Michael W. Perry hosts Keli‘i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii....

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Saturday, May 4, 2019
HART Moves to Part Two of P3
By News Release @ 3:27 AM :: 2337 Views :: Rail

...a short list of not more than 3 preferred offerors is now being asked to put together proposals that include pricing and technical details of how they plan to complete the rail project to Ala Moana Center, construct the Pearl Highlands parking garage and transit center, and operate and maintain the rail system for a period of 30 years....

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Friday, May 3, 2019
Audit: HART Gives HECO Anything it Wants for Overhead--No Questions Asked
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 9:18 PM :: 3630 Views :: Energy, Ethics, Rail

"...HART does not require Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., (HECO) to provide overhead cost supporting documentation. HART reimburses Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. 100% of their costs incurred...."

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Video: Akina and Roth Talk Rail
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:30 AM :: 2198 Views :: Rail

... Randy Roth discusses key issues in the rail controversy and gets his insights from having watched the project since its beginning ....

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Friday, April 19, 2019
Audits, subpoenas and more: What's next for Honolulu Rail?
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:09 PM :: 2536 Views :: Rail

...panel discussion Friday, May 3, sponsored by Grassroot Institute of Hawaii... with Councilmember Heidi Tsuneyoshi and rail critics Randall Roth, University of Hawaii professor emeritus of law, and Panos Prevedouros, chairman of the UH civil and environmental engineering department....

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Sunday, April 14, 2019
Special Election: Waters Beats Ozawa by 1,004 Votes 
By Andrew Walden @ 2:16 AM :: 3807 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Rail

...Even as the Honolulu Rail project collapses around Mayor Caldwell’s ears, the election result gives a pro-Caldwell faction the majority on the council.  This contradiction is due to the failure of anti-rail politicians to separate themselves from criminals....

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Friday, April 12, 2019
Deadline: HART 'Pleased' that city received P3 submittals
By News Release @ 10:09 PM :: 2963 Views :: Rail

...HART and the City will evaluate the submittals received today and then select a short list to move on to the second part of the procurement....

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Friday, April 5, 2019
#AuditTheRail finally on track!
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:34 PM :: 2497 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...The Honolulu rail is now famous, but for all the wrong reasons. The question is: “What we are going to do about it?....

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Thursday, March 28, 2019
Auditor Rips Rail Oversight: DAGS 'Busy Work Gives False Sense of Assurance'
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 6:35 PM :: 3741 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...We found that DAGS fundamentally misunderstands its responsibilities under Act 1, performing unnecessary busy work that not only wastes time and money but also increases the risk of improper payment....

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Thursday, March 28, 2019
Environmental Review for Aloha Stadium Tear-Down Begins
By News Release @ 6:07 PM :: 4536 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Higher Education, Rail, Tourism

...We already have a good stadium.  And this consultant now admits Aloha Stadium is located in the best possible place.  So why tear it down for yet another unnecessary boondoggle?....

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Monday, March 25, 2019
Pearl Harbor Profligacy
By Selected News Articles @ 5:31 PM :: 2758 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...government officials are blaming others and dodging responsibility....

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Friday, March 22, 2019
WSJ: How a Train Through Paradise Turned Into a $9 Billion Debacle
By Selected News Articles @ 9:53 PM :: 3676 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...The project has tallied one of America’s biggest transit cost overruns; a grand jury is investigating....

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Thursday, March 21, 2019
Hawaii Supreme Court Rejects Rail Surcharge Lawsuit
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:11 PM :: 3109 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Taxes

"...Despite the rejection of the Supreme Court of Hawaii, our efforts were key in the legislature’s decision to drop the skim from 10% to 1% during the 2017 Special Session—this was a win for all taxpayers in this State...."

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019
HART Plan to Control Expenses-Pay Robbins Crony $85K per Month
By Selected News Articles @ 4:55 PM :: 2902 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...Paul Giannelia left his last rail transit job after only seven months because of "difficulties acclimating to the municipal workplace"....

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019
HB118: Republicans Explain Vote to Kill Rail Audit
By Shirlene Ostrov @ 6:08 PM :: 2728 Views :: Rail, Republican Party

..."Repeals the requirement that the Auditor conduct an annual review of certain rapid transportation authorities in the State." -- HB118 ....

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Friday, February 22, 2019
HART Property Acquisitions: The Denis Dwyer Connection
By Tom Berg @ 2:51 PM :: 3559 Views :: Ethics, OHA, Rail

"...Dwyer was to acquire all federal properties...."

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Thursday, February 21, 2019
Surprise: HART Subpoenaed TWICE by Feds
By Andrew Walden @ 7:21 PM :: 3627 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...Flashback Feb 23, 2018: Criminal Intent: Honolulu rail pays $3.8M penalty for Corrupt Relocation Over Payments to Politically Connected Developers....

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