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Thursday, February 9, 2017
2017 Honolulu Rail: Advice to the Legislature
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 3:56 AM :: 5246 Views :: Rail, Taxes

The Legislature should not approve any extensions of the GET and it should pass a bill directing the city to handle current and future deficits with its own resources. This offers hope for some accountability and cost containment....

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017
A 1-2 punch of tax proposals
By Rachelle Chang @ 12:25 PM :: 7396 Views :: Honolulu County, Education K-12, Rail, Taxes

The State kept 10% of the surcharge collected or $25.92 million – which is more than the Department of Taxation’s entire Fiscal Year 2016 operating budget of $24 million....

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Sunday, February 5, 2017
SB938: End the State Rail Tax Skim
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:37 AM :: 4912 Views :: Rail, Taxes

the Department of Taxation has been allowed to keep a full 10% of the rail surcharge for the costs of administering it, despite the fact that the law directs DOTAX to calculate how much is required for its management of the surcharge, then return the remainder to the rail project....

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Friday, February 3, 2017
UHERO: The Exorbitant Cost of Collecting Honolulu’s Rail Surcharge Tax
By UHERO @ 1:43 AM :: 4887 Views :: Rail, Taxes

Hawaii’s State Government has unnecessarily profited from the Honolulu rail project....

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017
SB938: Eliminate DoTax 10% Rail Skim
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:58 PM :: 5693 Views :: Rail, Taxes

Grassroot Institute Urges Legislature to Act on Surcharge "Skimming"....

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Trump infrastructure priority list focuses on Public-Private Partnerships--Does Not Include Honolulu Rail
By Selected News Articles @ 7:26 PM :: 6831 Views :: Rail

The document obtained by the Star proposes funding the projects as public-private partnerships, with half the money coming from private investment....

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Bill: Fund Rail by Sale of Development Rights
By Rep Gene Ward @ 3:13 PM :: 4125 Views :: Rail

"The State of Hawaii owns about 50% of the land along the rail corridor between Kapolei and downtown Honolulu and can raise millions of dollars through the sale of development rights...."

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Friday, January 20, 2017
Auditor: HART Audit Not Started
By News Release @ 11:56 PM :: 6556 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Rail

Projects Not Started or Suspended....

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Thursday, January 19, 2017
Privatize: “Not one penny more for rail"
By Rep Gene Ward @ 1:08 PM :: 5425 Views :: Rail, Taxes

"We’ve got to wake up and sell development rights along the rail, like they do in Japan and Hong Kong."

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Sunday, January 15, 2017
Architects: Put Rail on the Ground—Save $4.2B
By News Release @ 5:17 PM :: 5927 Views :: Rail

Modifying the HART project to allow street level operation for the final five miles will save money ($2.9 - $4.2B), will save time (completed in 2020 vs. 2025) and will provide a much more environmentally acceptable system Downtown that can be easily extended to Waikiki and UH Manoa....

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017
HDOT Sets Public Meeting on Use of OR&L Right of Way
By News Release @ 2:32 PM :: 5528 Views :: Hawaii History, Rail

...the OR&L ROW, a 40-foot wide stretch from Central Waipahu to Piliokahe Gulch in Nanakuli, owned by HDOT....

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Monday, January 9, 2017
Problems with the Rail Initiative - Indebted to the HART
By Video @ 4:21 PM :: 4160 Views :: Rail
The Future of Rail on Oahu: Plan A, B, or C?
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Thursday, January 5, 2017
Caldwell Inaugural Address: Rail Could End up Like Superferry
By News Release @ 12:54 AM :: 6811 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

...splints that have cracks... tendons that aren’t working properly... the railcars....

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Friday, December 23, 2016
Rail Guideway Reaches Aloha Stadium
By News Release @ 11:00 PM :: 4524 Views :: Rail

Post-tensioning, final set and finishing work on the guideway will follow the initial set, and will continue through January....

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Full Text: Feds Give Rail Another Extension
By News Release @ 6:12 PM :: 3902 Views :: Rail

...just long enough to con legislators into hiking taxes....

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Saturday, December 3, 2016
City Officials Intentionally Jamming Up Traffic
By Selected News Articles @ 4:03 PM :: 5730 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

“The city streets are being engineered to create traffic congestion, to slow traffic down, to favor bikers and pedestrians,” the former official said....

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Saturday, December 3, 2016
Denied Another Extension, HART Finally Forced to Submit Financial Plan
By News Release @ 3:36 AM :: 4224 Views :: Rail

...due to the recent passage of Charter Amendment Number 4 in the 2016 Elections, the voters of the City authorized the consolidation of the operations and maintenance functions and responsibilities for all modes of public transit....

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Transportation planning meeting will focus on Central Oahu
By News Release @ 10:21 AM :: 5121 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

...Wednesday, November 30 at 7:30 p.m. at Mililani High School Cafeteria....

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Privatize: Honolulu Can See Its Rail Line Finished Without Raising Taxes
By Rep Gene Ward @ 2:50 AM :: 6579 Views :: Rail

...there’s still a better way and it’s pretty simple and practiced by the best rail systems in the world....

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016
New Stadium Slipped into Rail Development Plans
By News Release @ 12:42 AM :: 6658 Views :: Development, Rail

The plan was developed in coordination with state agencies that are studying options for stadium reconstruction or building a new stadium on the site....

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Sunday, November 6, 2016
Build Rail Better? Caldwell Failed Miserably
By News Release @ 8:33 PM :: 5150 Views :: Rail

Under his watch, the cost of rail has risen $3.34 billion over budget to $8.6 billion, and more than 7 years behind schedule. A recent federal “upper bound” estimate puts the cost at $10.79 billion (more than double the original budget of $5.26 billion) and the completion date at 2027.....

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Saturday, November 5, 2016
Better Ways to Fix Traffic on Oahu
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:49 PM :: 6418 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

... By “tinkering” with the traffic lights, it’s possible to reduce traffic ....

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Saturday, November 5, 2016
Engineer: Failed Tendons Could Lead to Catastrophic Collapse of Rail Line
By Selected News Articles @ 9:26 PM :: 7584 Views :: Rail

...if enough of the tendons or their anchors fail, the entire box girder system will fail and could very well collapse....

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Friday, November 4, 2016
HART receives $55.1 million in GET revenue—Claims it is Not Enough
By News Release @ 8:47 PM :: 4633 Views :: Rail, Taxes

HART has now received a total of $1.8 billion in surcharge revenue for the rail project ... roughly $48.4 million less than projected....

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Djou Unveils Plan for First 100 Days as Mayor
By Rep Charles Djou @ 6:01 AM :: 7017 Views :: Honolulu County, Politicians, Rail

In my first 100 days in office, I will....

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Mitsunaga Point by Point Expose of Pro-Caldwell Media Bias
By News Release @ 4:37 AM :: 8173 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Politicians, Rail

"...Caldwell may have evaded State and Federal taxes on all the stock options he has received to date...."

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Friday, October 28, 2016
Hanabusa Flees HART, is Replaced by Caldwell Campaign Contributor
By News Release @ 7:10 PM :: 6770 Views :: Rail

Glen Nohara gave $12K to Caldwell and a total of $102K mostly to the usual list of Democrat incumbent candidates...

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Thursday, October 27, 2016
Grassroot Backs Suit Against 10% Rail Skim
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:39 PM :: 5247 Views :: Rail, Taxes

The Grassroot Institute argues that this is not about the right to collect taxes, but rather a matter of mis-allocation of the funds....

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Thursday, October 20, 2016
New Commuting Data: Same Old Trends
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 10:52 PM :: 4303 Views :: Rail

Drive-alone remains the choice of slightly over three-fourths of all commuters....

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Sunday, October 16, 2016
Auditor: HART, Sludge, Grants, and P-Card Investigations Sidelined
By News Release @ 4:13 PM :: 6016 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Rail

This report provides the Honolulu City Council with an update on the activities of the Office of the City Auditor....

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Friday, October 14, 2016
How much money are we "tipping" the government?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:23 PM :: 5864 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Taxes

...the habit the state Department of Taxation has of keeping the money that is left over after they process the rail surcharge....

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Friday, October 14, 2016
Charter Amendment #4 on Rail – What’s Not in the Booklet
By Natalie Iwasa @ 10:22 PM :: 4786 Views :: Rail

Voters should have received the 2016 Charter Amendments booklet this week....

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Monday, October 10, 2016
Honolulu Rail: From $4.6 B to $8.6 B In Eight Years. Now What?
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 11:50 PM :: 5155 Views :: Rail, Taxes

An average family of five would have to pay more than $1,000 per year just to complete rail....

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Instead of Submitting Plan, HART begs Feds for Another Extension
By Andrew Walden @ 3:09 AM :: 3966 Views :: Rail

"The City is requesting an extension of the December 2016 Recovery Plan submittal date to June 30, 2017"

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Friday, September 30, 2016
As Rail Collapses, Caldwell Laughs All The Way to the Bank
By Rep Charles Djou @ 8:39 PM :: 5688 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...Caldwell has been using his position as Mayor to enrich himself -- making $200,000-$299,999 a year as mayor "working" just 1-2 hours a months and collecting $900,000 - $999,999 in bank stock for his "service"....

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Sunday, September 25, 2016
Traffic Expert: Honolulu Ideal for Driverless Vehicles
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 9:08 PM :: 3968 Views :: Rail

"In the future they can be aggressive. In other words, they can be tailgating each other to save a lot of space. But in the early stages this is not going to happen...."

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Thursday, September 22, 2016
Djou, Savio: City Still Failing on Affordable Housing
By Rep Charles Djou @ 11:02 PM :: 7964 Views :: Development, Rail, Cost of Living

"Last week we learned that the City failed to spend tens of millions of dollars in the affordable housing fund and we may now lose this money."

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Not Too Late to Make the Right Decision on Rail
By Selected News Articles @ 9:29 PM :: 4162 Views :: Rail

The Federal Transit Administration says it will demand its money back....

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Sunday, September 18, 2016
Feds: $540M in Highway Funds can be spent on Rail
By Andrew Walden @ 10:36 PM :: 9241 Views :: Rail

"...Farrington Highway and Kamehameha Highway ... are eligible for Federal aid funds, subject to selection by OahuMPO and HIDOT...."

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Friday, September 16, 2016
Honolulu Rail will be studied in engineering school as prime example of how not to build a rail system
By Rep Charles Djou @ 4:35 PM :: 4705 Views :: Rail

A couple of days ago, I talked to a senior consulting engineer on the rail project....

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Sunday, September 11, 2016
Caldwell's Plan: Make Military Families Pay for Rail
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 5744 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Taxes

It seems that 15%-20% of our surcharge is being paid by “tourists” in the strict sense, but when you include military families and the federal government you do come up with a percentage closer to a third....

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Saturday, September 10, 2016
HART Whistleblower: Sinking Columns, Cracked Welds, Useless Designs, and Structural Failures
By News Release @ 4:13 AM :: 8628 Views :: Rail

...a significant portion of the $110 million spent to design the Airport section will be lost because the design-build contractor will not use all the designs....

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Friday, September 9, 2016
Martin, Ozawa Endorse Djou for Mayor
By News Release @ 3:47 AM :: 7230 Views :: Honolulu County, Politicians, Rail

Djou Endorsements Now Include: Council Chair Ernie Martin, Councilmember Ann Kobayashi and Councilmember Trevor Ozawa....

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Monday, September 5, 2016
Caldwell’s New Slogan: ‘It’s not my fault’
By News Release @ 3:42 PM :: 6906 Views :: Honolulu County, Family, Rail

Blatant dishonesty, pay-to-play politics, and the blame game are what defines his administration....

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Sunday, September 4, 2016
Mythbusting HART, Part 1
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 5614 Views :: Rail, Taxes

Divide $200 million by 1 million people, and you get $200 a year per person....

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Saturday, September 3, 2016
Djou: How I Will Get Rail to Ala Moana
By Rep Charles Djou @ 3:19 AM :: 6537 Views :: Rail

...In the last 24 hours, my position on rail has been misrepresented and taken out of context....

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Rail: Caldwell’s Dog n Pony Show Designed to Force GE Tax Hike
By News Release @ 8:49 PM :: 5476 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...FTA is reconsidering its recovery plan due date (to allow this to stretch into the Legislative session so Caldwell can use it to push a GE Tax hike)....

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Monday, August 29, 2016
2 Years Late With Recovery Plan, Caldwell to Meet With Feds
By News Release @ 6:58 PM :: 4203 Views :: Rail

...FTA rules have required a HART Recovery Plan since late 2014....

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Thursday, August 25, 2016
VIDEO: Caldwell was Reckless, Its now a Big Mess, and its Costing You
By Video @ 12:26 AM :: 4315 Views :: Rail

Mayor Caldwell is responsible for this mess and his only answer is more rail GET tax extensions....

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Rail Reshuffle: Mark Garrity named acting director of Department of Transportation Services
By News Release @ 9:05 PM :: 5853 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

...Garrity will serve as acting DTS director until the HART board names an interim or permanent executive director and CEO, thus allowing Mr. Formby to resume his normal duties....

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