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Saturday, January 10, 2015
Video: Will Rail Be De-Railed? - Panos Prevedouros
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:28 AM :: 4746 Views :: Rail

Professor and Transportation expert, Panos Prevedouros joins host Keli'i Akina to discuss Oahu's fixed-rail project....

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Monday, January 5, 2015
Hawaii Election 2014: Public Sector Unions Defeat Private Sector Unions
By Selected News Articles @ 12:09 PM :: 6717 Views :: Labor, Rail, Republican Party

The goals of public and private unions are diverging....

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Thursday, January 1, 2015
Chinese Consortium Makes Binding Offer to Buy Parent Company of Honolulu Rail Contractor
By Selected News Articles @ 5:41 PM :: 4932 Views :: Rail

...with projects in Venezuela, Libya, Georgia....

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Can You Say 'Train Wreck'?
By Video @ 9:40 PM :: 5221 Views :: Rail
Would You Buy A Car From A Company That's About To Derail?
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Monday, December 22, 2014
HART advertises first package of rail station contracts
By News Release @ 8:26 PM :: 4642 Views :: Rail

West Loch, Waipahu Transit Center and Leeward Community College stations....

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Monday, December 22, 2014
Commuter-Adjusted Daytime Population on Oahu
By News Release @ 7:16 PM :: 5470 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Rail

...how many workers commute in and out of the area on a typical workday? ....

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Friday, December 19, 2014
HART: ‘Begin the discussion now of extending the existing half-percent GET surcharge’
By News Release @ 4:17 PM :: 4685 Views :: Rail, Taxes

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) announced several steps to explore new revenue sources in an effort to worsen your financial challenges....

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Friday, December 12, 2014
Smart Growth v. Suburbanization Score is 0-1
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 2:37 AM :: 6354 Views :: Development, Rail

...urban trends are driven more by the masses and less by the political, academic and "environmental" elites that love to dictate how the hoi polloi should live....

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Sunday, November 30, 2014
Nobody Commits to Buy Ansaldo: Deadline Extended Again for Parent Company of Honolulu Rail Contractor
By Selected News Articles @ 3:49 PM :: 6252 Views :: Rail

Delays to asset sales have prompted credit ratings agencies to downgrade the company to junk....

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Friday, November 14, 2014
City to host free TOD symposium Saturday, November 22
By News Release @ 10:10 PM :: 5430 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 :: 5078 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 7, 2014
Waipahu Rail Development -- Zoning Meeting
By News Release @ 10:54 PM :: 5745 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 :: 7219 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 :: 5511 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 :: 4876 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 :: 7253 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 :: 6652 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 :: 7206 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Rail

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

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Rail Opening Delayed One Year as Budget Busting Bids Tossed Out
By Selected News Articles @ 11:13 PM :: 4465 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 3, 2014
GE Tax: Will Cost Overruns Lead to New Rail Showdown?
By Selected News Articles @ 2:29 PM :: 5964 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 :: 5193 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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Thursday, August 28, 2014
Sai: Wong, Dwyer, Namuo Rake in Millions from Kanaiolowalu
By Andrew Walden @ 11:11 PM :: 10602 Views :: Akaka Bill, Ethics, OHA, Rail

...Waihe‘e also contracted Dennis Dwyer for a total of $1.3 million dollars to be Kana‘iolowalu’s federal lobbyist....

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Saturday, August 23, 2014
HART: Only 743 Local Jobs Created by Rail Work
By News Release @ 11:33 PM :: 6583 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 :: 8390 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 :: 5684 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 :: 4298 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 :: 6240 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 :: 6217 Views :: Labor, Politicians, Rail

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

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Friday, August 1, 2014
State Administrator Admits Federal Highway Dollars in Jeopardy
By News Release @ 8:13 PM :: 6369 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 :: 4305 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 :: 6402 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 :: 5824 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 :: 6109 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 :: 5112 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 :: 9368 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 :: 3872 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 2, 2014
The Worst of Both: The Rise of High-Cost, Low-Capacity Rail Transit
By Selected News Articles @ 12:27 PM :: 4026 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 :: 8098 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 :: 6081 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 :: 5545 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 :: 6933 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 7, 2014
Finding Probable Violations, Ethics Commission Seeks Jurisdiction Over HART
By News Release @ 6:02 AM :: 5650 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 4, 2014
HART 3 Month Take--Another $61.7M from Taxpayers
By News Release @ 1:42 AM :: 5042 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 2, 2014
Pinata: HART Celebrates Cinco de Mayo With Rail Contractors' Festival
By News Release @ 5:11 PM :: 3861 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 :: 6161 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 :: 4257 Views :: Rail

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

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Monday, April 7, 2014
Why Infrastructure Projects Cost Way More Than They Should
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 11:21 PM :: 7990 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 :: 5238 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 :: 4138 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 :: 5654 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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