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Friday, April 17, 2020
Who's Going to Ride Rail with COVID?
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 3:44 AM :: 3250 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 :: 2708 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 :: 3842 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 :: 4577 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 :: 4114 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 :: 4955 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 :: 3731 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 :: 4123 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 :: 3041 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 :: 2824 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 :: 3235 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 :: 3590 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 :: 3284 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 :: 128781 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 :: 5495 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 :: 5180 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 :: 5851 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 :: 4129 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 :: 4746 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 :: 4075 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 :: 6556 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 :: 3860 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 :: 4077 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 :: 6120 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 :: 4867 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 :: 4471 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 :: 6608 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 :: 8628 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 :: 4910 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 :: 5939 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 :: 5686 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 :: 4741 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 :: 4812 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 :: 7037 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 :: 6418 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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Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Poor and Young People Are Fleeing Public Transit
By Selected News Articles @ 3:06 AM :: 3554 Views :: Rail

...transit commuting is growing fastest among people in the highest income classes....

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Friday, February 15, 2019
FULL TEXT: Federal Subpoena of HART Records
By News Release @ 8:01 PM :: 5611 Views :: Ethics, Rail

... HART is required to deliver documents to a Honolulu Federal Grand Jury on or before March 7, 2019 ....

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Friday, February 15, 2019
Not too late to hold rail accountable
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:47 PM :: 4761 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Taxes

...New York and California killed off expensive rail projects--Hawaii can too....

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Friday, February 8, 2019
PRP App Reveals Web of Political Connections
By News Release @ 10:27 PM :: 4802 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...After taking over the publishing of the Hawai‘i Directory of Public Officials in 2018, PRP saw an opportunity....

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Friday, January 18, 2019
City Auditor: HART Cost Overruns Will Continue
By News Release @ 6:18 PM :: 4569 Views :: Ethics, Rail

"...HART policies and practices are inadequate to prevent cost overruns and schedule delays from recurring...."

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Audit: HART Board Hands Control to Contractor with Little Oversight
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 3:21 PM :: 5154 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...In Report 2, we examined the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation’s current management structure, the relationship between HART and its Board of Directors, and HART’s use of third-party consultants to manage the Honolulu Rail Transit Project....

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Friday, January 11, 2019
‘Singapore model’ doesn’t sing for Hawaii housing
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:42 PM :: 9049 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Land Use, Rail, Cost of Living

Among conditions for the buyers of these “ALOHA homes”....

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Thursday, January 10, 2019
Auditor: Internal Docs Show HART Lied to Public About Rail Costs
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 2:24 PM :: 7476 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...We found that, as the Honolulu Rail Transit Project progressed and costs swelled from $5.122 billion in 2012 to $9.188 billion in 2018, HART began reporting information to the public that often contradicted its own internal projections or differed from what it was telling the Federal Transit Administration....

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Tuesday, December 25, 2018
Al Hee Sues Water Board Because Rail Project Not Rerouted to Protect His Tax Scam
By Andrew Walden @ 1:10 AM :: 7294 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Rail

...At the top of his list of complaints: Things just aren't like they were back in the Inouye days....

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Cato: Ige 3rd-Worst Governor in USA
By News Release @ 7:46 PM :: 7647 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Rail, Taxes

...The Cato Institute has released its 14th biennial fiscal report card on the governors....

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Friday, November 30, 2018
Not all public-private partnerships are good
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:13 PM :: 3556 Views :: Rail

...to distinguish good public-private partnerships from bad ones, we use the same principles employed whenever we evaluate government action: cost, accountability and risk....

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Connected: Rail, Pensions, and Vacation Rentals
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:48 PM :: 6556 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Rail, Taxes, Tourism

...Keli'i Akina and Joe Kent discuss the latest research by the Grassroot Institute on rail, vacation rentals and the unfunded liabilty of Hawaii's public pension system....

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Saturday, November 17, 2018
City to Feds: OK We've Done What You Told Us To
By News Release @ 2:50 AM :: 3635 Views :: Rail

...Joint letter sent to FTA as city and HART meet all deadlines for rail project....

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Sunday, November 11, 2018
Oh? Can’t We Keep HART’s Funding Sources “Pure”?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 4939 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...For a long time, I was wondering what the authors of 07-001 were smoking....

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Rail: Bill 42 Breaks a Promise
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:22 PM :: 5677 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Rail

...Bill 42 break the promise made by the full City Council in 2006 that city funds or bonds would not be used to fund the rail....

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