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Federal support for rail appears stronger
Honolulu city and rail leaders are in Washington, D.C., this week to discuss the latest on the island's 20-mile transit project with lawmakers and transportation officials. View Full Story
Thursday, April 10, 2014 Honolulu Star Advertiser
Honolulu's rail gets $250M in Obama's budget plan
President Barack Obama's proposed budget includes promised money for Honolulu's planned rail line. View Full Story
Tuesday, March 04, 2014 Honolulu Star Advertiser
Federal courts clear way for Honolulu rail transit project
Honolulu’s $5.16 billion rail transit project received a green light Tuesday in separate rulings from the 9th U.S. Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Court. View Full Story
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 Pacific Business News
Honolulu transit agency puts model rail car on display
The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation on Thursday gave the public a life-sized look at what the cars for the city's $5.16 billion rail system will look like. View Full Story
Thursday, February 13, 2014 Pacific Business News
Honolulu rail agency awards $117M in contracts to oversee construction
The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation has awarded two major contracts worth a total of $117.2 million to oversee construction of the city’s $5.16 billion rail transit project. View Full Story
Thursday, January 16, 2014 Pacific Business News
Rail agency alters train design
When local transit officials started planning Oahu's elevated rail project, they envisioned a flexible system that could run trains of two, three and four cars from the instant the rail line started operating — a way to adjust to growing ridership and periods of greater demand. View Full Story
Sunday, December 15, 2013 Honolulu Star Advertiser
HART awards $46M contract for next phase of Oahu rail transit
Local transit officials announced Tuesday they have awarded a $46.1 million contract to the consulting firm CH2M Hill Inc. to help oversee the next phase of Honolulu's rail project. View Full Story
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 Honolulu Star Advertiser
Transit users could see combined bus-rail fare system
Honolulu City Council members will have to make key decisions in the coming year about how users of TheBus, Handi-Van and, eventually, the new elevated rail system will all pay their fare under the same system. View Full Story
Friday, November 22, 2013 Honolulu Star Advertiser
Plans for neighborhoods around Oahu rail stations unveiled
Plans for neighborhoods around the future 21 rail stations were unveiled at a symposium at the Blaisdell Center on Saturday. Officials are trying to get residents involved with designing the new communities, which will include more parks and bike lanes. View Full Story
Saturday, November 16, 2013 KITV4
Perkins+Will opens Honolulu office to work on rail project
Architecture firm Perkins+Will said Wednesday that it opened its 24th worldwide office in Honolulu, to focus on work related to the city’s planned $5.16 billion rail transit project. View Full Story
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 Pacific Business News
Rail project slated to get record $63M in GET money
Honolulu rail officials report that the island's massive public transit project, which recently resumed construction, will receive a record influx of $63.8 million in general excise tax revenue for the quarter that ended Sept. 30. View Full Story
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 Honolulu Star Advertiser
Honolulu rail board OKs spending $1.56B in FY2015
The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation board of directors has approved spending $1.56 billion in contracts for construction and land acquisitions during the next fiscal year, the largest single-year budget to date for the city's $5.16 billion rail transit project. View Full Story
Friday, October 18, 2013 Pacific Business News
Mayor wants rail opponents to end lawsuit as city complies with judge’s ruling
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell and transit authority Executive Director Dan Grabauskas announced Tuesday the city has complied with a federal judge’s ruling last year that required additional study of the $5.3 billion rail project. View Full Story
Tuesday, October 08, 2013 KITV4
Kauai’s Unlimited Construction tapped to rebuild Coco Palms Resort
Kauai-based Unlimited Construction Services has been chosen as the design-build contractor for the redevelopment of the iconic Coco Palms Resort on Kauai’s Eastside, the developers said Wednesday. View Full Story
Thursday, September 26, 2013 Pacific Business News
Feds release $236M for Honolulu’s rail mass-transit project
The U.S. Department of Transportation has released another $236.3 million in federal funds for the Honolulu rail transit project, Hawaii’s senators said Thursday. View Full Story
Thursday, September 19, 2013 Pacific Business News
More rail columns to rise as work resumes on city's transit project
As the sun rose over Ewa on Monday, a drill rig began boring and scooping dirt to form the foundation of the 17th concrete column to carry the track of the city's $5.26 billion rail system. View Full Story
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 Honolulu Star Advertiser
Council clears way for restart of rail plan
Two City Council committees held separate special meetings Monday to push out two resolutions that would allow construction of the city's $5.26 billion rail project to restart as early as Monday. View Full Story
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 Honolulu Star Advertiser
Time to get rolling on rail transit
In a little more than a week, work could resume on a project that its advocates have anticipated, in various forms, for four decades. The legal battles over Oahu's 20-mile, $5.26 billion fixed-rail system have not yet concluded, but a major barrier has been dismantled, and that occasion remains a red-letter day for the City and County. View Full Story
Sunday, September 08, 2013 Honolulu Star Advertiser
Rail project needs $27.1M for safety gates at stations
Today board members overseeing Honolulu’s rail project will consider approving an additional $27.1 million to add safety gates at the 21 stations along the route. View Full Story
Thursday, September 05, 2013 Honolulu Star Advertiser
Archeological survey reports for rail project approved
The state's Historic Preservation Division has approved the archeological survey reports for Honolulu's rail project, transit officials announced today. View Full Story
Friday, August 30, 2013 Honolulu Star Advertiser
City's new hire to guide development near rail
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell on Thursday introduced the new head of Hono­­lulu's Transit Oriented Development Program — the city's long-term push to create high-density, walk­able communities around its planned rail stops and to curb urban sprawl. View Full Story
Friday, July 26, 2013 Honolulu Star Advertiser
Judge urges HART to further study Beretania St. Tunnel Alternative
Chief U.S. District Judge Susan Oki Mollway sent a letter to the Federal Transit Administration and the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation urging both agencies to conduct further study of the Beretania Street Tunnel Alternative for the Honolulu Rail Transit Project. View Full Story
Thursday, July 11, 2013 KITV4
City to get full share of funds to build rail line
Federal lawmakers agreed Thursday to give Hono­lulu's planned rail project its full $250 million funding share for 2014 — the single largest grant for any new startup project in the nation, officials say. View Full Story
Friday, June 28, 2013 Honolulu Star Advertiser
Rail Project Clears Key Step for Federal Funding
In a positive sign that Honolulu’s rail project will get the federal funds it is expecting, the appropriations committees of both the Republican House and the Democratic Senate today approved $250 million for the project. View Full Story
Thursday, June 27, 2013 Honolulu Civil Beat
Committees approve $250 million for Honolulu rail project
Honolulu’s rail project will receive its full federal funding share of $250 million for 2014, under a deal reached today by the House and Senate Appropriations Committee. View Full Story
Thursday, June 27, 2013 Honolulu Star Advertiser
Public meetings held to inform residents on Honolulu’s Rail Project impact
A public meeting was put on by the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation Wednesday night to inform Kalihi residents of design work involving possible soil testing. View Full Story
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 KHON2
Rail station designs nearing completion
Oahu's biggest and newest public works project will also feature a lot of history, in each community where the rail project stops. View Full Story
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 KITV4
Mayor pitches new bike lanes to help connect rail
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell took state and federal officials for a bike ride Wednesday as he sought to build support for new bike lanes along King and Beretania streets. However, the biggest splash came when the mayor announced that officials were studying the possibility of a bike path underneath the city's planned $5.3 billion elevated railway, which stretches 20 miles from East Kapolei to Ala Moana. View Full Story
Thursday, June 20, 2013 KITV4
City unveils smaller, less costly rail station
Community feedback on the size and scope of Hono­lulu's future rail stations has helped save the project some $100 million in design and construction costs, the city's top rail official said Tuesday. View Full Story
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 Honolulu Star Advertiser
Fewer trains pitched for city's rail system
Rail officials are considering doubling the capacity of Oahu's future passenger trains to accommodate more people per stop — but the proposal would also halve the number of trains planned for the line. View Full Story
Friday, June 14, 2013 Honolulu Star Advertiser
Rail route is still sound, extra report says
Honolulu transit officials are working to finish additional court-ordered studies for the city's planned elevated rail project, even as they prepare to defend the $5.26 billion effort later this summer in federal court against opponents looking to stop the project. View Full Story
Friday, June 07, 2013 Honolulu Star Advertiser
Construction Industry Moving Unveils Transit Oriented Development Plan
The Honolulu Rail Transit Project is currently in limbo, awaiting decisions and clearances from Federal and State Courts on a number of environmental and cultural challenges. But as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, these pending actions are not stopping the construction industry from moving forward with its plans to build rail - and more importantly - to take part in the development boom expected to follow. View Full Story
Thursday, June 06, 2013 Hawaii Public Radio
Rail buyers happy, HART chief says
Fresh off his trip to Europe, the city's top rail executive said Wednesday that the operators of driverless transit systems similar to the one slated for Oahu are pleased with their trains' performance. View Full Story
Thursday, June 06, 2013 Honolulu Star Advertiser
The deadline for professional artists to submit their qualifications for the Honolulu rail transit a
The deadline for professional artists to submit their qualifications for the Honolulu rail transit art program has been extended to June 27 due to high interest. View Full Story
Wednesday, June 05, 2013 KHON2
Kaka'ako vision for transit oriented development released
On top of Hawaii's tallest building are sets of red flashing lights that are checked every night to make sure airplanes know how far away they are from the rooftop. View Full Story
Thursday, May 23, 2013 KITV4
Public invited to see Kakaako’s transit-oriented development plans
The Hawaii Community Development Authority plans to hold four open houses to introduce the proposed Transit-Oriented Development Overlay Plan for Kakaako. View Full Story
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Hawaii agency taking comments on Honolulu rail survey work for another week
The state of Hawaii is taking public comments on the archaeological survey work for Honolulu’s elevated-rail project until May 30. View Full Story
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 Pacific Business News
Honolulu to conduct study of fare collections for bus, rail systems
The City and County of Honolulu is looking for a contractor to do a fare collection study for TheBus, TheHandi-Van and the elevated rail project. View Full Story
Monday, May 20, 2013 Pacific Business News
Schatz gets rail-funds pledge from Transportation nominee
President Barack Obama's nominee for transportation secretary has pledged a "seamless transition" of continued federal support for the city's elevated rail project, U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz said. View Full Story
Monday, May 20, 2013 Honolulu Star Advertiser
Staff shortage, varied filings tie up rail cash, state says
The state tax director assured transit officials Thursday that the city’s rail project, which relies heavily on tax dollars generated on Oahu, will receive its fair share even if the cash does not arrive in steady amounts. View Full Story
Friday, May 17, 2013 Honolulu Star Advertiser
Transportation Nominee Tells Schatz He’d Keep Rail On Track
Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, President Barack Obama’s nominee for transportation secretary, told Sen. Brian Schatz he’d keep Honolulu’s rail project on track if he were to be confirmed, Schatz’s office said. View Full Story
Thursday, May 16, 2013 Honolulu Civil Beat
Rail authority seeking artwork for stations and facilities
City officials put out the call Tuesday for prospective artists looking to create original, Hawaiian-themed artwork for Honolulu’s future rail transit system. View Full Story
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 Honolulu Star Advertiser
Has Honolulu transit tax gone off the rail?
Most of Honolulu’s multibillion-dollar rail project will be paid for by a half-percent surcharge on top of general excise tax for goods and services on Oahu. But is that money going where it’s supposed to, and are all businesses even complying with the payments in the first place? View Full Story
Friday, May 10, 2013 KHON2
Rail in better financial shape
Honolulu rail officials reported a third-quarter turnaround Thursday on how much cash the massive project is collecting. They also offered a rosier forecast for how much its yearlong construction delay will cost. View Full Story
Friday, May 03, 2013 Honolulu Star Advertiser
D.C. trip affirms city's commitment to rail
City leaders looking to keep the Hono­lulu rail project's federal funding on track met Tuesday in Washington, D.C., with top Obama transportation officials and the members of Congress whose continued support they'll need. View Full Story
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 Honolulu Star Advertiser
HART CEO seeks cash-flow clarity
A lag in processing tax returns led to Honolulu's rail project receiving $33 million less than it anticipated in the first half of this fiscal year — even though state GET collections are up this year, state Department of Taxation officials say. View Full Story
Sunday, April 14, 2013 Honolulu Star Advertiser
Grabauskas: Supplemental EIS for Honolulu rail project completed
Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation officials told PBN this week that they have finished a draft supplemental environmental impact statement for the city’s $5.16 billion rail transit project. View Full Story
Friday, April 12, 2013 Pacific Business News
TheBus and rail transit consolidation to be considered
The rail and TheBus are teaming up to find the best ways to integrate the two transit systems which could save money but also cut positions. View Full Story
Thursday, April 11, 2013 Hawaii News Now
Schatz: Hawaii has support in Senate for federal funding
U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz says Hawaii has support in the Senate for continued funding of federal initiatives supported by the late Sen. Daniel Inouye, including Honolulu's $5.16 billion rail transit project. View Full Story
Thursday, April 04, 2013 Pacific Business News
Honolulu rail agency approves funding for more seats on train cars
The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation on Thursday approved funding for additional passenger seats on the train cars for the city’s elevated-rail transit project. View Full Story
Thursday, March 21, 2013 Pacific Business News
Sequestration might sap rail funding in 2013, Schatz finds
The deep spending cuts coming out of Washington, D.C., known as sequestration could mean a reduction in federal dollars spent this year on Hono­lulu's elevated rail project, U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz said Tuesday. View Full Story
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 Honolulu Star Advertiser
FTA releases another $67.5M in funding for Honolulu rail project
The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation said Friday that it has received $67.5 million of an expected $1.55 billion in federal funding from the Federal Transit Administration for the $5.16 billion Honolulu rail transit project. View Full Story
Friday, March 08, 2013 Pacific Business News
Ansaldo to continue its rail work; unveils images of train cars
Honolulu transit officials cleared the way today for Ansaldo Honolulu JV to continue its work on the train’s operating system and rail cars, despite recent financial and legal woes from the venture’s parent company, Finmeccanica. View Full Story
Thursday, March 07, 2013 Honolulu Star Advertiser
Honolulu rail agency confident of $1.55B in funding, despite sequestration threat
The looming federal spending cuts were on the minds of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation’s board of directors Thursday, and with the project slated to receive $1.55 billion in federal money, who can blame them for having some concerns. View Full Story
Thursday, February 28, 2013 Pacific Business News
AECOM wins $43.9M design contract for Honolulu rail project's final leg
AECOM Technical Services Inc. said Wednesday that it has been awarded a $43.9 million contract from the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation to design the 3.9-mile final segment of the $5.16 billion Honolulu rail transit project that runs through Downtown Honolulu to Ala Moana Center. View Full Story
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 Pacific Business News
Rail could drive development for Kakaako, Ala Moana area
More high-rise residential towers, pedestrian bridges crossing over busy intersections and underused lots becoming commercial properties are all part of what transit-oriented development could look like in Kakaako and around Ala Moana Center, where the last stations for Honolulu’s planned elevated-rail system will be built. View Full Story
Friday, February 22, 2013 Pacific Business News
Rail contractor will brief city on finances
Executives of the firms awarded the largest contract in state history will update transit officials here next month on the companies' financial health as work on the city's 20-mile, $5.26 billion rail project moves forward. View Full Story
Friday, February 08, 2013 Honolulu Star Advertiser
Search ends for iwi on rail line
Honolulu rail officials say they've completed the fieldwork on the transit project's archaeological survey, bringing them a step closer to restarting construction after a lawsuit stalled that work last year. View Full Story
Friday, February 08, 2013 Honolulu Star Advertiser
HART: Fieldwork on Honolulu rail project’s archaeological survey is finished
The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation has completed all of the fieldwork for the archaeological survey required before work can resume on the $5.16 billion elevated-rail mass-transit project, HART said Monday in its email newsletter. View Full Story
Tuesday, February 05, 2013 Pacific Business News
Rail-system builders explore ways to trim energy costs
The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation is looking at a variety of options to control the energy costs of operating the 20-mile, elevated-rail system between Kapolei and Ala Moana, which will run on electricity. View Full Story
Friday, January 11, 2013 Pacific Business News
Honolulu rail delays cost less than expected
Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation officials Thursday that said the costs of construction delays for September and October stemming from an Aug. 24 Hawaii Supreme Court were 31 percent lower than what they had anticipated. View Full Story
Thursday, January 10, 2013 Pacific Business News
Rail work can resume following judge's ruling
A federal judge's ruling Thursday that halts construction only in the final phase of the city's 20-mile rail project was hailed by city and rail officials who say the $5.26 billion project likely will be able to proceed without further delays. View Full Story
Friday, December 28, 2012
EIS needed for transit-oriented development in Kakaako
The Hawaii Community Development Authority said Wednesday that an Environmental Impact Statement is required for the Transit-Oriented Development projects for the Kakaako Community Development District. View Full Story
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 Pacific Business News
HART completes trench work for archaeological survey ahead of schedule
Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation officials said they have completed all of the trench work for the archaeological survey along the elevate-rail mass-transit project’s entire 20-mile route. View Full Story
Friday, December 21, 2012 Pacific Business News
Federal funds for rail plan sealed in signing ceremony
Hawaii received a long-awaited $1.55 billion check from the U.S. Department of Transportation Wednesday, a major milestone in paying for a commuter rail line that is the largest public works project in Hawaii history meant to relieve some of the vexing congestion along the H-1 freeway. View Full Story
Thursday, December 20, 2012 Honolulu Star Advertiser
$1.55B is on track
Honolulu's plans for a rail line gained new momentum Monday with an announcement by Hawaii's congressional delegation that the $5.26 billion train project has effectively secured $1.55 billion in federal funding. View Full Story
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 Honolulu Star Advertiser
Caldwell’s mayoral victory puts Honolulu rail project back on track
From the city standpoint, the election of Kirk Caldwell as Honolulu’s next mayor means that the rail transit project is back on track ­— never mind the federal and state lawsuits holding it up. View Full Story
Wednesday, November 07, 2012 Pacific Business News
Rail work apace with cultural, design improvements
Building Oahu’s first urban transit system provides both the opportunity and the responsibility to do things right. While we may have missed the mark on occasion, we are increasingly working to do better, to do things with respect and by listening to Oahu’s diverse communities. View Full Story
Friday, November 02, 2012 Honolulu Star Advertiser
Honolulu delegation visits FTA in Washington to answer rail questions
A delegation including Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle and representatives from the Honolulu City Council and the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation spent Thursday meeting with Federal Transit Administration Administrator Peter Rogoff and members of Congress to answer questions about the delays in construction of the city's $5.16 billion rail transit project. View Full Story
Friday, September 21, 2012 Pacific Business News
Where Is Honolulu Rail's Federal Funding?
The Honolulu rail project has fallen behind its own timetable for a federal funding guarantee, and needs to get moving soon to get a deal signed this year. View Full Story
Monday, September 17, 2012 Civil Beat
FTA officials will receive rail update from city delegation
Mayor Peter Carlisle will lead a delegation of top city officials to Washington, D.C., next week to reaffirm the city's support for the beleaguered $5.26 billion rail project and to brief federal officials on the Hawaii Supreme Court decision that has stopped rail construction. View Full Story
Saturday, September 15, 2012 Honolulu Star Advertiser
City wants court to revisit rail construction shutdown
Lawyers for the city are asking the Hawaii Supreme Court to reconsider its unanimous decision that shut down construction on the city's $5.26 billion rail line. View Full Story
Friday, September 07, 2012 Honolulu Star Advertiser
Pacific Resource Partnership submits rail-related brief to Hawaii Supreme Court
The pro-rail groups Pacific Resource Partnership and Faith Action for Community Equity have filed a brief that asks the Hawaii Supreme Court to reconsider an August ruling that caused the city to stop construction on the project. View Full Story
Friday, September 07, 2012 Pacific Business News
Hawaii Supreme Court gives plaintiff a week to respond to City and County of Honolulu's motion in ra
The Hawaii Supreme Court has given Native Hawaiian Paulette Kaleikini, the plaintiff in a lawsuit filed against the Honolulu rail project, a week to respond to a motion submitted by the City and County of Honolulu that asked the state high court to reconsider its ruling. View Full Story
Friday, September 07, 2012 Pacific Business News
Honolulu to Supreme Court: Keep Rail Construction Alive
Attorneys for Honolulu are asking the Hawaii Supreme Court to reconsider its recent ruling that effectively halted construction on the $5.26 billion Honolulu rail project and could result in millions of dollars in added costs. View Full Story
Thursday, September 06, 2012 Civil Beat
Oahu rail in the balance
The recent Hawaii Supreme Court decision interpreting the State Historic Preservation Division's rules will require a temporary hold on new construction for Oahu's rail project until all archaeological inventory survey (AIS) work is completed. View Full Story
Sunday, September 02, 2012 Honolulu Star Advertiser
Federal funding for rail still on track
The rail authority says federal funding is on track despite a halt to construction though it's not yet known how long the work stoppage will last or what effect it will have on the labor force. View Full Story
Tuesday, August 28, 2012 KHON2
Rail already is generating economic benefits
After decades of planning, studies and environmental reviews, Oahu’s light metro rail project is well under way, and our local business community is already experiencing the economic benefits of the 20-mile rail system. View Full Story
Friday, August 10, 2012 Pacific Business News
Plan to add seats on rail trains gets tentative OK
Adding 10 seats to each train car for the Hono­lulu rail system would cost an extra $1.5 million to $1.9 million total but would make travel on the 20-mile rail route more comfortable, officials with the Hono­lulu Authority for Rapid Transportation were told Thursday. View Full Story
Friday, August 10, 2012 Honolulu Star Advertiser
Work starts on Honolulu rail project's maintenance, operations facilities
Work on the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation's maintenance facility and operations center started this week, as Hawaii Sen. Daniel Inouye toured the West Oahu fields where construction of the rail transit project's concrete guideways are already underway. View Full Story
Tuesday, August 07, 2012 Pacific Business News
Ala Moana residents can help shape rail's future in their area
The concept of Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) is to create more compact, livable, walkable communities where residents have greater access to services — walking, biking or taking a short ride on the rail. View Full Story
Monday, August 06, 2012 Honolulu Star Advertiser
Rail job creation behind schedule, but thousands to be hired
The amount of rail jobs is growing and rail contractors are looking to hire. With that in mind hundreds of people show up looking for career opportunities at a job fair specifically for rail and Hart maintains within two years there will be 4,000 people working on the project. View Full Story
Wednesday, August 01, 2012 Hawaii News Now
HART expects to finish rail project with $193M surplus
The agency in charge of building Oahu’s rail mass-transit system expects to finish the project with a $193 million surplus. View Full Story
Friday, July 27, 2012 Pacific Business News
Hawaii, Honolulu, looking at growth around city’s planned rail route
Legislation to encourage transit-oriented development around Honolulu’s rail project may have fizzled during the last Hawaii legislative session, but the state and the city aren’t tossing in the towel on it just yet. View Full Story
Friday, July 27, 2012 Pacific Business News
HART set to receive nearly $47 million in GET collections for rail
The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation will receive nearly $47 million in General Excise and Use Tax (GET) revenue collected during the second quarter of 2012. View Full Story
Friday, July 20, 2012 KHON2
Sierra Club to Decide on Rail Campaign Soon
The Sierra Club plans to make an announcement soon on whether it will start aggressively campaigning for rail transit, Robert Harris, the Hawaii chapter's director, said Wednesday. View Full Story
Thursday, July 12, 2012 Civil Beat
Major staff cuts by HART
The agency overseeing Honolulu’s rail transit project has made big staff cuts. View Full Story
Tuesday, July 10, 2012 KHON2
Transit-oriented development expert speaks on Oahu
Peter Calthorpe gave a presentation and answered questions at the Mission Memorial Auditorium Tuesday afternoon. He says not building rail now would cost the city more than its budgeted $5.3 billion in the long-run by putting it off. View Full Story
Tuesday, July 10, 2012 KHON2
Inouye reiterates federal support for rail
Rail opponents, including mayoral candidate and former Gov. Ben Cayetano, are "misinformed" if they believe the Federal Transit Administration does not support the city's $5.26 billion proj­ect, U.S. Sen. Dan Ino­uye said. View Full Story
Friday, July 06, 2012 Honolulu Star Advertiser
City's rail design firm buys project's overseer
An engineering firm with the contract to design the first three stations for the city's $5.26 billion rail project has bought a consulting firm that has a key role in overseeing the project. View Full Story
Thursday, July 05, 2012 Honolulu Star Advertiser
HART chief wants more rail seats, fare gates
The head of the Honolulu rail project says he wants to adjust the design of the train cars to add more seats, and plans to install fare gates at all stations in a reversal of two previous decisions by the city in planning the $5.26 billion rail system. View Full Story
Sunday, July 01, 2012 Honolulu Star Advertiser
Sierra Club takes steps to support rail transit
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Sierra Club, one of the state's best known environmental groups, appears ready to back the city's $5.2 billion rail transit project in what would be a major victory for rail supporters. View Full Story
Friday, June 29, 2012 Hawaii News Now
Rail's start delayed in city's application for federal funding
The city Thursday released details of its formal application for $1.55 billion in federal funding for the Honolulu rail line, the submittal of which rail advocates described as one of the most significant milestones yet for the controversial project. View Full Story
Friday, June 29, 2012 Honolulu Star Advertiser
Updated Rail Finance Plan Part of Formal Federal Funding Request
The Honolulu rail project is now in the federal government's hands. After years of discussions and planning, the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation on Thursday said it's submitted a formal application for $1.55 billion from the Federal Transit Administration. That represents about 30 percent of construction costs from East Kapolei to Ala Moana Shopping Center. View Full Story
Thursday, June 28, 2012 Honolulu Civil Beat
Rail station designs changing
As the Honolulu Authority of Rapid Transportation continues to tweak its financial plan, a decision has been made to change the designs of all 21 rail stations from East Kapolei to the Ala Moana Shopping Center. View Full Story
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 KITV4
Quick-cash fund for rail OK'd
A bill that will make a city-backed $450 million line of credit available to the Honolulu rail project in case it needs a sudden infusion of cash was signed into law Friday by Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle. View Full Story
Saturday, June 16, 2012 Honolulu Star Advertiser
Pacific Resource Partnership brings pro-rail message to Washington
The Pacific Resource Partnership took its pro-rail message to Washington, D.C., this week when Sen. Daniel Akaka invited the union labor advocacy organization to give some of the top Democratic Party leaders more info about Honolulu’s mass-transit project. View Full Story
Friday, June 15, 2012 Pacific Business News
Rail could allow city buses to be rerouted
Rail advocates say if Honolulu’s award-winning bus system is linked effectively with a rail mass-transit system once it’s built, the combination will have far-reaching effects that will be felt from Waikiki to the North Shore — far beyond the rail line’s actual reach. View Full Story
Friday, June 08, 2012 Pacific Business News
Honolulu City Council OKs $450M for rail-project funding
The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation has been given the OK to borrow as much as $450 million for Honolulu's elevated rail-transit project after the City Council approved Bill 37 Wednesday on a 7-2 vote. View Full Story
Thursday, June 07, 2012 Pacific Business News
City has much to lose if rail is halted
Honolulu will find itself in uncharted territory if former Gov. Ben Cayetano is elected mayor and actually cancels the city's $5.27 billion rail project. View Full Story
Sunday, May 27, 2012 Honolulu Star Advertiser
Rail Construction End Of Long Line for Permits
Heavy rail construction is set to begin any day now, and it's taken rail planners and contractors months to pull together all the approvals they need to get started. View Full Story
Monday, March 26, 2012 Honolulu Civil Beat
LaHood: Feds support Honolulu rail project
President Obama’s administration supports the Honolulu rail transit project, and “we will continue to work through whatever issues need to be worked through,” U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said today. View Full Story
Thursday, March 15, 2012 Honolulu Star Advertiser
Kiewit eager to start building Oahu's future
The Honolulu rail transit project reached a significant milestone in early February when it received federal approval to move into the next phase of construction. View Full Story
Sunday, March 11, 2012 Honolulu Star Advertiser
Honolulu tries new approach to stop rail lawsuit
Attorneys for the City and County of Honolulu have asked the federal court to declare that the plaintiffs in a lawsuit to stop the rail transit project lack standing to pursue some claims under a section of the Department of Transportation Act that applies to publicly owned land or historic sites. View Full Story
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 Pacific Business News
Rail key to choice for mayor, Inouye says
U.S. Sen. Daniel Ino­uye said he will support either Mayor Peter Carlisle or former city Managing Director Kirk Caldwell in the race for Hono­lulu mayor, based on their support for the city's $5.27 billion rail transit project. View Full Story
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 Honolulu Star Advertiser
Obama budget includes $250M for Honolulu rail
President Barack Obama has requested $250 million in federal funds for the Honolulu rail transit project in the 2013 fiscal year budget. View Full Story
Monday, February 13, 2012 Pacific Business News
Feds' Green Light To Heat Up Honolulu Rail Fight
Honolulu on Monday got a key green light from the Federal Transit Administration and could begin heavy construction on its controversial rail project within weeks — if opponents don't convince a judge to stop work before then. View Full Story
Monday, February 06, 2012 Honolulu Civil Beat
Mayor to hold $450M in credit to back rail
Mayor Peter Carlisle said he plans to earmark a $450 million city-backed line of credit for the Hono­lulu Authority for Rapid Transportation to demonstrate to federal authorities that the rail project has the resources it needs to complete construction. View Full Story
Wednesday, February 01, 2012 Honolulu Star Advertiser
Pacific Resource Partnership seeks to intervene in Honolulu rail lawsuit
The Pacific Resource Partnership filed a motion Tuesday to intervene in a federal lawsuit filed by opponents of Honolulu’s planned rail-transit system. View Full Story
Tuesday, January 03, 2012 Pacific Business News
City, Hawaiian Homes to trade land
The city and the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands are planning a land swap worth an estimated $30 million to provide the city with a site for a rail maintenance facility in Waipahu. View Full Story
Monday, December 26, 2011 Honolulu Star Advertiser
City sees uptick in excise tax funds for rail
The gradual economic recovery is providing a bit of fiscal cheer to the planners of the Honolulu rail transit project, with tax collections from the key source of funding finally coming in higher than the city has projected. View Full Story
Sunday, December 25, 2011 Honolulu Star Advertiser
Rail car contract signed after city receives reassurance
Ansaldo Honolulu JV signed a $1.4 billion contract with the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation for 80 rail cars on Monday. View Full Story
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 Honolulu Star Advertiser
Rail system contractor asserts solvency to panel
A joint committee of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation completed its inquiry Friday into the financial stability of selected rail contractor Ansaldo Honolulu Joint Venture, with a key member saying the committee had no major concerns. View Full Story
Saturday, November 26, 2011 Honolulu Star Advertiser
Council rejects proposal seeking second rail vote
The City Council quickly disposed of a proposal for another public vote on the rail transit project Wednesday. View Full Story
Thursday, November 03, 2011 Honolulu Star Advertiser
Consensus comes to City rail workshop in Kalihi
The City’s rail transit plans are among the most contentious and divisive issues Oahu residents face. But you wouldn’t have seen that at Tuesday’s Transit Oriented Development (TOD) public workshop at the Farrington High School library, offered by the Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP). View Full Story
Thursday, October 27, 2011 The Hawaii Independent
Rail jobs plentiful regardless of who's counting
Ever since former Mayor Mufi Hannemann resurrected the idea of a Honolulu rail transit line in 2004, supporters and opponents of the project have sparred over the issue of how many jobs would be created during the construction phase of the $5.17 billion project. View Full Story
Monday, October 17, 2011 Honolulu Star Advertiser
Rail Transit Town Hall Meeting Draws Crowd
The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation held the first in a series of town hall meetings in Kapolei Tuesday night. View Full Story
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 KITV4
Rail is Oahu's future
We need to keep Oahu moving. Traffic has us snagged in gridlock and has taken a toll on our quality of life. The status quo is simply unacceptable. After decades of studies and collaborative efforts on the federal, state and local levels, we are finally on the right path with the construction of an elevated rail system. View Full Story
Monday, August 29, 2011 Honolulu Star Advertiser
Kapolei residents will be first to see rail system take shape
Kapolei will be the starting gate once the City and County of Honolulu gets the go-ahead to begin construction on the $5.3 billion elevated rail transit system. View Full Story
Friday, August 12, 2011 Pacific Business News
Buyouts Begin For Rail Project
The city has begun sending out checks for property owners who have agreed to sell their land to make way for rail. View Full Story
Thursday, July 21, 2011 KITV4
Federal government says it’s committed to rail plan
The federal government remains committed to granting $1.55 billion for Honolulu's $5.3 billion planned rail project by October of 2012. View Full Story
Thursday, June 23, 2011 The Maui News
Getting The Rail Discussion Back on Track
Though voters have approved it, the city has begun funding it, and preliminary construction is now underway, rail has faced numerous attacks of late as its detractors have ramped up their efforts to delay the project. Their approach involves recycling old, disproven arguments that suggest that Honolulu doesn’t need rail, ignoring demonstrated public support for the solutions that rail will provide, and trying to drive up the project’s cost by creating a legal logjam. View Full Story
Thursday, June 16, 2011 Honolulu Civil Beat (contributor John White)
$104M in rail bonds approved
The City Council gave its blessing to the issuance of $104 million in general obligation bonds for the rail transit system but also voted to put controls on the upcoming rail authority's budget. View Full Story
Saturday, June 04, 2011 Honolulu Star Advertiser
City's poll finds majority favors rail
A city-commissioned poll conducted last month showed that 57 percent of people on Oahu support the $5.3 billion rail transit project. View Full Story
Thursday, June 02, 2011 Honolulu Star Advertiser
Rail has role in housing
Oahu's planned mass-transit line promises relief for many commuters facing present and future traffic troubles, but the rail system also might help relieve another social ill: the lack of affordable housing. View Full Story
Sunday, May 15, 2011 Honolulu Star Advertiser
Bond sales for rail work get preliminary approval
The City Council Budget Committee approved several transit-related measures yesterday, including a proposal that authorizes the city to issue and sell general obligation bonds for the rail project. View Full Story
Thursday, May 05, 2011 Honolulu Star Advertiser
City acquires first property to make way for rail
The City and County of Honolulu purchased its first property last month to make way for the $5.3 billion rail system from East Kapolei to Ala Moana. View Full Story
Wednesday, May 04, 2011 KHON2
Hearing set for Surfrider’s new tower
A plan to replace a 60-year-old low-rise beachfront hotel property with a modern high-rise tower as part of Kyo-ya Hotels & Resorts’ $700 million project goes before the zoning board of appeals this month. View Full Story
Friday, April 08, 2011 Pacific Business News
Testing phase of rail project begins
Step one in the quest to build a rail line: digging some very deep holes. Now, six weeks after the ceremonial groundbreaking for Oahu's mass transit project, the heavy equipment is in motion in West Oahu. View Full Story
Tuesday, April 05, 2011 Hawaii News Now
Judge rejects suit challenging rail survey
A state judge sided with the city yesterday, dismissing a lawsuit that sought to halt the $5.5 billion rail transit project until the city completes a survey of ancient Hawaiian burial sites along the project's entire 20-mile route. View Full Story
Thursday, March 24, 2011 Honolulu Star Advertiser
US Transportation Secretary in Hawaii to talk about rail
US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is in Hawaii tonight -- his first visit to the Islands since being appointed to the cabinet-level position by President Obama two years ago. View Full Story
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 KHON2
City picks rail car company
Italy, famous for its food, architecture, and art can apparently build a pretty good train too. View Full Story
Monday, March 21, 2011 Hawaii News Now
Honolulu breaks ground on rail transit project
Critics say it's all for show but rail supporters see today's ceremonial rail transit groundbreaking as an important milestone. Construction on the actual tracks is still months away and there are remaining hurdles which include money and lawsuits but the mayor is brushing those concerns off. View Full Story
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 Hawaii News Now
Obama budget seeks $250M for Oahu rail
Honolulu's planned rail system is part of President Barack Obama's $1.3 billion request for pending transit projects in his fiscal 2012 budget, which is drawing ire from top Republicans in Congress. View Full Story
Tuesday, February 15, 2011 Honolulu Star Advertiser
Rail ready to break ground
After decades of debate and planning, the first shovels of dirt will be turned over to make way for Honolulu's rail transit system on Feb. 22. View Full Story
Saturday, February 12, 2011 Honolulu Star Advertiser
Honolulu City Council approves rail permit
The Honolulu City Council has approved a special management area use permit for the Honolulu Rail Transit Project. The council voted 8—0 in favor of allowing the permit, which enables the city to proceed with the rail project’s construction permitting process. View Full Story
Thursday, January 27, 2011 Pacific Business News
Rail receives green light from Feds
Rail construction in Honolulu has received the green light. View Full Story
Tuesday, January 18, 2011 KHON2
City May Use General Funds To Build Rail
Honolulu Councilman Ikaika Anderson told transit officials a plan to divert federal bus subsidies in favor of rail is an “end run” against a 2007 ordinance that forbids general fund monies from being used for construction of the controversial project. View Full Story
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 KHON2
Federal funding for Honolulu rail still questionable
With Republicans taking over the U.S. House of Representatives this week, federal funding for Honolulu's rail project remains a huge question mark. View Full Story
Monday, January 03, 2011 KHON2
Getting rail funds now up to Hanabusa, Djou says
U.S. Rep. Charles Djou bade goodbye to Congress yesterday, saying he has no current plans to seek political office and challenging his successor to pick up where he left off in securing federal funding for Honolulu's $5.5 billion rail transit project. View Full Story
Saturday, January 01, 2011 Honolulu Star Advertiser
Governor signs off on review of rail
Gov. Neil Abercrombie's signature on the rail transit environmental impact statement once again sets wheels in motion for environmental review of the projected $5.5 billion system. View Full Story
Friday, December 17, 2010 Honolulu Star Advertiser
Lingle delivers financial assessment for Honolulu Rail Transit Project
Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle said she has sent copies of the independent financial analysis of the Honolulu Rail Transit Project to local and federal government officials. View Full Story
Friday, December 03, 2010 Pacific Business News
Abercrombie to weigh rail EIS
Gov.-elect Neil Abercrombie said yesterday he would not wait for an independent financial analysis to determine whether to sign the environmental impact statement on Honolulu's $5.5 billion rail project. View Full Story
Friday, November 05, 2010 Honolulu Star Advertiser
Carlisle: Feds still back rail project
The Federal Transit Administration's support of Honolulu's planned $5.5 billion rail project remains unchanged, Mayor Peter Carlisle said after completing a recent trip to Washington, D.C., to assure officials that his new administration remained committed to completing the project. View Full Story
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 Honolulu Star Advertiser
Inouye: Honolulu's rail system gets $35M in federal funding
Hawaii will receive more than $38 million in federal funds for transportation projects, including $35 million to fund preliminary engineering for the city’s elevated rail system, Sen. Daniel Inouye announced Tuesday. View Full Story
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 Pacific Business News
Group says Lingle is stalling rail
On the steps of the state Capitol, Go Rail Go used signs with slogans and short speeches to blast Gov. Linda Lingle for not signing the Environmental Impact Statement that could get rail rolling. View Full Story
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 Hawaii News Now
Partners in place for rail project bidders
The City and County of Honolulu could announce as early as Sept. 15 the name of the firm that will build and operate the trains for the city’s $5.5 billion elevated rail transit system. View Full Story
Friday, September 03, 2010 Pacific Business News
Study says rail could bring over 120,000 jobs
A new study released today says the rail transit program could bring in thousands of jobs. View Full Story
Thursday, September 02, 2010 KHON2
Inouye renews rail warning
U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye used a workshop on Rail Transit to re-state that Federal funding is in jeopardy unless the project moves ahead. He said $1.55 billion isn't a guarantee-in-waiting. View Full Story
Tuesday, August 31, 2010 Hawaii News Now
Inouye begs Lingle to sign EIS for rail transit
Hawaii’s senior senator is imploring Governor Linda Lingle to get behind rail transit, or risk losing more than $1.5 billion in federal money. View Full Story
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 KHON2
Local firms pursue rail partners
At least a half-dozen Hawaii companies already are known to be partnering with corporations that have won initial contracts for the Honolulu rail transit system or are competing for future work. View Full Story
Friday, August 13, 2010 Pacific Business News
HDR/Hawaii Pacific Engineers wins rail transit design contract
The city of Honolulu has awarded a $5.5 million design contract for three rail transit stations to HDR/Hawaii Pacific Engineers. View Full Story
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 Pacific Business News
Senate committee approves $55 million for Honolulu's rail transit project
The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved $55 million in federal funding for Honolulu's rail transit project. View Full Story
Monday, July 26, 2010 KHON2
Hannemann says rail on sound financial footing
Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann lashed out Friday at critics of the City's $5.3 billion rail transit system, saying the project's financial plan is on sound footing. View Full Story
Friday, July 16, 2010 KHON2
City makes $195M deal for train depot
The city announced yesterday that a joint venture between Kiewit Pacific Co. and Albert C. Kobayashi Inc. has been awarded a $195 million contract to build a train depot for Honolulu's planned $5.5 billion elevated commuter rail line. View Full Story
Friday, June 25, 2010 Honolulu Star Advertiser
Mayor: Rail contract coming in below budget
Another contract has been awarded for Oahu's rail transit, and so far Honolulu's mayor says all deals have been under estimated costs. View Full Story
Thursday, June 24, 2010 Hawaii News Now
Federal Transit Administration approves EIS for Oahu's $5B rail project
The Federal Transit Administration has approved the final environmental impact statement for Oahu's rail transit project, but the document must be signed by Gov. Linda Lingle before ground can be broken on the $5 billion project. View Full Story
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 Pacific Business News
Final study for rail line gets feds' OK
A final environmental study of Honolulu's planned 20-mile, elevated commuter rail line picked up a key federal endorsement and now goes to Gov. Linda Lingle for her review. View Full Story
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 Honolulu Star Advertiser
Hannemann: rail clears another hurdle
The Federal Transit Administration has approved the plans for Honolulu's rail project. View Full Story
Monday, June 14, 2010 Hawaii News Now
City Begins Soil Sampling for Elevated Rail System
Near Waipahu High School crews began closing off a portion of Farrington Highway to begin the task of testing where Honolulu's rail route might go. View Full Story
Friday, May 28, 2010 KHON2
City says rail tax revenue just shy of revised target
Transit tax revenues are totaling 99.6 percent of the city's lowered goals, the city said yesterday. View Full Story
Thursday, May 20, 2010 The Honolulu Advertiser
Honolulu rail-transit schedule slips again
Hope that recent delays in the timeline of the city's proposed rail project would quickly be resolved are giving way to the realization that construction probably won't begin anytime soon. View Full Story
Saturday, February 27, 2010 The Honolulu Advertiser
Lingle tells feds her administration will do separate rail analysis
Gov. Linda Lingle, in Washington, D.C., for the National Governors Association's annual winter meeting, told Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood that her administration plans to conduct a separate financial analysis of the city's plans for a rail system. View Full Story
Sunday, February 21, 2010 The Honolulu Advertiser
Jobs created by rail project would help whole state
The mayor's Feb. 10 update on the rail project and how it affects jobs, the economy and our island's future hit on several key points that are important not only to our industry, but for future generations of our people. View Full Story
Tuesday, February 16, 2010 Star Bulletin
Oahu needs rail — for jobs, for family and for economy
Many of us have become concerned that the Honolulu rail project is grinding to a halt. View Full Story
Friday, February 12, 2010 The Honolulu Advertiser
Mayor challenges Lingle on rail EIS
Mayor Mufi Hannemann took his message across the street yesterday, staging a forum at the state Capitol to update the public on the status of the city's rail transit project and again urge Gov. Linda Lingle to expeditiously sign off on the project. View Full Story
Thursday, February 11, 2010 Honolulu Star-Bulletin
Hawaii representatives urge governor to accept final EIS for rail project
Thirty-nine state representatives today sent a letter to Gov. Linda Lingle urging her to promptly review and accept the final environmental impact statement for the city's rail project. View Full Story
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 The Honolulu Advertiser
Feds' rail boost reassuring
The city's plans for building an elevated rail transit line from Kapolei to Ala Moana have received a major boost by the Obama administration's initial funding. View Full Story
Thursday, February 04, 2010 Honolulu Star-Bulletin
U.S. budget includes rail funds
The Federal Transit Administration has included funding for the Honolulu rail system in President Barack Obama's fiscal 2011 budget, in anticipation of the rail plan's clearing environmental review. View Full Story
Wednesday, February 03, 2010 Honolulu Star-Bulletin
Honolulu rail plan gets $55M in Federal Transit Authority budget
The Federal Transit Administration gave Honolulu a $55 million vote of confidence yesterday in the city's planned commuter rail line from East Kapolei to Ala Moana. View Full Story
Wednesday, February 03, 2010 The Honolulu Advertiser
FTA commits $1.55 billion to pay for Honolulu rail system
The Federal Transit Administration this morning said it plans to sign an agreement before October 2011 that will provide $1.55 billion in federal funds to pay for Honolulu's elevated commuter rail project. View Full Story
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 The Honolulu Advertiser
Feds Expect To Give $1.55 Billion For Rail
Rail supporters got an unexpected jolt of positive news Tuesday morning from Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff, who said Honolulu should expect $1.55 billion from the federal government to help build a $5.3 billion train from East Kapolei to Ala Moana. View Full Story
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 KHON2
Feds award $55 million for rail
Do you know how many states would love to hear what we heard today? This is unbelievable, Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann said. View Full Story
Tuesday, February 02, 2010 Hawaii News Now
Rail Transit Project Will Receive Another 5 Million Towards Preliminary Engineering
Tomorrow the federal government will announce funding recommendations for new and existing transit projects across the country. View Full Story
Monday, February 01, 2010 KHON2
Pointless rail spat wastes public resources
The only way the mayor and the governor seem to communicate these days is through dueling media gatherings. View Full Story
Monday, February 01, 2010 The Honolulu Advertiser
Honolulu rail would be safer at ground level, AIA contends
Whether they run on an elevated guideway or on city streets, trains are by far a safer way to travel than automobiles. View Full Story
Sunday, January 31, 2010 The Honolulu Advertiser
Many Job Opportunities in Rail, Says Sumitomo-led Team
We've met some very talented contractors who are excited about the project and our approach to working on Hawaii's first Automated Train Operating System, said Gino Antoniello, Vice President of Transportation Systems and Equipment for Sumitomo Corporation of America. View Full Story
Friday, January 29, 2010 The Honolulu Advertiser
Governor, mayor at odds over financing for rail
The city's plans for rail transit are based on financial assumptions that are too shaky to proceed without more study, says Gov. Linda Lingle. View Full Story
Friday, January 29, 2010 Honolulu Star-Bulletin
Lingle review of Honolulu rail plan could delay start
The start of construction on Honolulu's planned $5.3 billion commuter rail project could be delayed several months as Gov. Linda Lingle examines details of the city's financial plan which she said appear "shaky at best." View Full Story
Friday, January 29, 2010 The Honolulu Advertiser
Lingle Wants Independent Financial Review On Rail
Gov. Linda Lingle says she wants an independent financial review of the city's rail project. She says financial concerns of the federal government must be satisfied before she'll sign off on the environmental review. View Full Story
Thursday, January 28, 2010 KHON2
Views on rail funding questioned
Two City Council members say they want to know why Gov. Linda Lingle says federal officials are wary of the financial plan for Oahu's proposed rail system and Mayor Mufi Hannemann says it is on track. View Full Story
Thursday, January 28, 2010 Honolulu Star-Bulletin
Mayor cites cost of rail delay
Delaying Honolulu's plan-ned elevated commuter rail project could cost the city an additional $200 million a year, Mayor Mufi Hannemann said yesterday. View Full Story
Wednesday, January 27, 2010 The Honolulu Advertiser
Hannemann contends Lingle opposes rail
In the latest verbal salvo over the city's planned transit system, Mayor Mufi Hannemann said yesterday he believes Gov. Linda Lingle opposes a rail system despite her insistence to the contrary. View Full Story
Wednesday, January 27, 2010 Honolulu Star-Bulletin
Navy and FAA questions linger on rail route
Time is money and changing the rail plan now would cost the city big-time. That's the mayor's message to critics as he pleads for patience on the still-unfinished environmental impact statement. View Full Story
Tuesday, January 26, 2010 Hawaii News Now
Mayor Hannemann on Governor Lingle: "I believe she's ani-rail"
Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann was highly critical of governor Lingle Tuesday saying she is anti-rail. View Full Story
Tuesday, January 26, 2010 KHON2
Elevated system best deal for taxpayers
The question is not whether a street-level rail system works for Barcelona; it's whether such a system will work for Honolulu. On that score, the arguments for an at-grade train come up less than convincing. View Full Story
Sunday, January 24, 2010 The Honolulu Advertiser
Honolulu sales-tax surcharge for rail has brough in $510M so far
A state tax to pay for Honolulu's planned elevated commuter train raised $510 million during its first three years. View Full Story
Saturday, January 23, 2010 The Honolulu Advertiser
Elevated rail called good as 'gold'
City officials yesterday held their second news conference this week in support of building an all-elevated commuter rail line in Honolulu. View Full Story
Friday, January 22, 2010 The Honolulu Advertiser
Funding rail won't hurt buses
Mayor Mufi Hannemann told federal transportation officials in Washington, D.C., this week that the city's planned commuter rail project will not compromise bus service in Honolulu. View Full Story
Thursday, January 21, 2010 The Honolulu Advertiser
Lingle not sold on elevated project
Gov. Linda Lingle said yesterday she is worried whether Honolulu will be able to afford to pay for and operate a proposed elevated rail system and that she has heard similar views expressed by the Federal Transit Administration. View Full Story
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 Honolulu Star-Bulletin
Architects Make Case For Street-Level Rail Plan
The governor held a forum Monday so Hawaii architects could make their case for putting more of Oahu's $5 billion rail transit project on the ground instead of elevated on concrete. View Full Story
Monday, January 18, 2010 KITV4
Public Reacts to Both Sides of Rail Issue
The event drew strong responses on both sides of the issue. Elevated rail advocates turned out in force to counter the criticism of the city's plan. Meanwhile the governor says the event opened eyes about problems with the city's plan. View Full Story
Monday, January 18, 2010 KHON2
City pushes to keep its elevated-rail plan
A day before a group of architects is supposed to push for alternatives to Honolulu's fully elevated rail plan, the city brought together its own transportation experts to counter that push, arguing an elevated line should move ahead as planned. View Full Story
Monday, January 18, 2010 The Honolulu Advertiser
City delays rail again, Governor worried about cost
A fight is brewing between the state and City of Honolulu and it's over the rail transit project. The city announced Monday groundbreaking is delayed another couple months because the final environmental impact statement still isn't ready. View Full Story
Monday, January 18, 2010 Hawaii News Now
Transit ex-directors support elevated rail
Several former state and city transportation directors announced their support for a proposed elevated rail system on Oahu, including Gov. Linda Lingle's former transportation director, Rodney Haraga. View Full Story
Monday, January 18, 2010 Honolulu Star-Bulletin
Former DOT directors don't want Lingle to stall rail
Hoping to avoid "paralysis by analysis," a group of former transportation directors are urging Governor Linda Lingle not to hold up the Honolulu Rail Project. View Full Story
Sunday, January 17, 2010 Hawaii News Now
Rail Supporters Criticize Governor's Stance on Elevated Rail Plan
Rail supporters Sunday criticized Governor Linda Lingle for standing in the way of the elevated rail plan. They want her to accept the final Environmental Impact Study, but the governor is critical of the city's approach. View Full Story
Sunday, January 17, 2010 KHON2
Elevated rail is best choice
Persuaded by architects who have questioned the city's rail transit plans for the past two years, Gov. Linda Lingle has arranged for a public meeting to rally opposition to the project. Her threat to reject an environmental impact statement could delay progress on the much-needed transit and deserves the strong response by Mayor Mufi Hannemann. View Full Story
Thursday, January 14, 2010 Honolulu Star-Bulletin
Honolulu rail project architects defend plan for elevated route
A group of architects who have worked on Honolulu 's planned rail project yesterday said they support plans to build the $5.3 billion train on an elevated guideway. View Full Story
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 The Honolulu Advertiser
Time for silent majority to step up on rail
It smells like politics on the rail transit front. This latest twist — Gov. Linda Lingle's decision to open the Capitol auditorium to hold a forum on an alternative to the elevated rail system next week — is not the right move. View Full Story
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 The Honolulu Advertiser
Stop Rail Now appeal rejected
Opponents of Honolulu's planned $5.5 billion rail transit project suffered a legal setback last week. The Hawai'i Intermediate Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld a Circuit Court decision that prevented the nonprofit group from placing an anti-rail ordinance on the November 2008 general election ballot. The group had hoped that a successful appeal would result in a special election asking voters whether "Honolulu mass transit shall not include trains or rail." View Full Story
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 The Honolulu Advertiser
Hearings need strict environmental focus
The public hearings planned on the environmental impact of Honolulu's planned mass-transit system could be a productive way to make sure the city is poised to do all it can to mitigate these effects on O'ahu. View Full Story
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 The Honolulu Advertiser
Failed anti-rail effort reveals Charter flaw
A Hawaii appeals court has upheld a former city clerk's blocking of a ballot measure challenging construction of the rail transit between Kapolei and Ala Moana. While opposition to the worthwhile project will continue, the ruling should continue the momentum toward this year's beginning of construction. View Full Story
Monday, January 04, 2010 Honolulu Star-Bulletin
Honolulu rail behind schedule, with construction start unclear
Construction on Honolulu's planned $5.5 billion elevated train was to have begun in 2009. It didn't. Now the city has to sort out whether this initial delay is a minor setback or a sign that the state's biggest public works project may be in trouble. View Full Story
Sunday, January 03, 2010 The Honolulu Advertiser
Council must clear way for transit agency
The City Council has another chance to do what it failed to do more than a year ago: Take the first step toward placing the management of the city's rail project in the hands of the best equipped professionals. View Full Story
Monday, December 14, 2009 The Honolulu Advertiser
Kiewit offered city 'best value'
Competition for the biggest contract yet on Honolulu's planned $5.5 billion rail transit project apparently wasn't even close. The city awarded Kiewit Pacific Co. the nearly $483 million deal in late October based on an evaluation of a five-member panel. View Full Story
Sunday, December 13, 2009 The Honolulu Advertiser
Lingle must keep rail review well focused
The public needs to watch carefully as the final Environmental Impact Statement on Honolulu's planned elevated rail system arrives on Gov. Linda Lingle's desk — its last stop locally before moving on for the final federal review. View Full Story
Sunday, December 06, 2009 The Honolulu Advertiser
Transit authority on track
City Council members yesterday all but finalized the framework for a proposed transit authority that would oversee design, construction and operation of Honolulu's planned commuter rail line. View Full Story
Thursday, December 03, 2009 The Honolulu Advertiser
Rail transit: Elevated train promises Honolulu a better future
Now that the federal government has allowed the Honolulu rail transit project to enter preliminary design, long-suffering Ewa-side residents know that construction will start in just months. View Full Story
Tuesday, December 01, 2009 Honolulu Star-Bulletin
Rail gets no-strike promise
Contractors working on Honolulu's planned $5.5 billion train project will be required to provide workers with union-type benefits, under an agreement announced yesterday by Mayor Mufi Hannemann. View Full Story
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 The Honolulu Advertiser
City signs $483M rail contract
A deal signed yesterday to get the city's $5.3 billion rail project rolling means that the general excise tax money raised for the project is off-limits to state legislators trying to plug Hawaii's $1 billion budget gap, according to Mayor Mufi Hannemann. View Full Story
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 Honolulu Star-Bulletin
Mayor announces major developments on Honolulu rail project
Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann is going full steam ahead with three major rail announcements. But opponents say not so fast. They say stopping rail is now beyond a public opinion issue, they say it's become a legal issue. View Full Story
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 Hawaii News Now
$5.5B Rail Project Closer To Groundbreaking
Oahu's $5.5 billion rail transit project is another step closer to its groundbreaking. The city Tuesday signed formal agreement to begin construction on the first six miles of the project and the mayor announced 12 of private sector labor unions have signed an agreement to prevent strikes and job disruptions during construction of the 20-mile rail system. View Full Story
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 KITV4
City, unions agree on deal for rail project
Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann announced Tuesday that the city has reached an agreement with 12 labor unions that guarantees no work slowdowns or strikes on the proposed $5.5 billion Oahu rail system. View Full Story
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 Pacific Business News
Business leaders believe rail will be beneficial
Mayor Mufi Hannemann's State of the Rail address was a very timely reminder that Oahu's rail transit project is critical to Oahu and the entire state of Hawaii. View Full Story
Tuesday, November 10, 2009 Honolulu Star-Bulletin
Honolulu rail project raises company's profile
Kiewit Pacific Co. finally got its piece of a Honolulu rapid transit project — it just took nearly two decades. Last month, the city awarded Kiewit a $482.9 million contract to build the first third of the planned 20-mile elevated rail line. It was the first construction contract awarded in the $5.5 billion project. View Full Story
Monday, November 02, 2009 The Honolulu Advertiser
Transit briefing shows project's promise
In what was billed as a "State of the Rail" address, Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann recapped the 40-year history of trying to bring rail to fruition for Honolulu commuters. View Full Story
Sunday, November 01, 2009 The Honolulu Advertiser
30-day rail delay a minor matter, Hannemann says
While the expected December groundbreaking for the city's $5.3 billion rail transit project is being pushed back by a month, Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann says he does not see it as a setback. View Full Story
Friday, October 30, 2009 Honolulu Star-Bulletin
Mayor Willing To Delay Rail's Groundbreaking
Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann told a television audience expected to number 75,000 that he’s willing to delay groundbreaking on the city’s $5.4 billion rail transit system until January. View Full Story
Friday, October 30, 2009 KHON2
Honolulu mayor willing to delay start of rail project
Mayor Mufi Hannemann's announcement yesterday that he will push back the start date for construction of the planned $5.5 billion commuter rail line coincided with word that one federal agency and one state agency are not ready to sign off on the project. View Full Story
Friday, October 30, 2009 The Honolulu Advertiser
Keep light shining on rail
The City Council assigned the city auditor last year to examine contracts with a longtime city contractor for work on the rail transit system, but he has found nothing improper. To the contrary, auditor Leslie Tanaka found compliance with federal, state and city requirements, which should satisfy Council members. View Full Story
Thursday, October 29, 2009 Honolulu Star-Bulletin
Rail delayed, project still needs final EIS
Groundbreaking on the Honolulu rail transit was just two months away but today Mayor Mufi Hannemann announced that's been delayed until at least late January. View Full Story
Thursday, October 29, 2009 Hawaii News Now
Text: Hannemann's State Of Transit Address
Now this is a commute: Riding in air-conditioned comfort. It’s quiet, quick, and always on time . . . and traveling above traffic. Wow, look at this fantastic view! View Full Story
Thursday, October 29, 2009 KITV4
Rail 'programmatic' agreement OK'd
The City Council has given its approval for the city to sign an agreement with the federal Department of Transportation over how to address the discovery of burials and other cultural artifacts during the building of the $5.3 billion rail transit project. View Full Story
Wednesday, October 28, 2009 Honolulu Star-Bulletin
Council OKs rail resolutions
The City Council yesterday passed three resolutions the city needs if it's going to begin construction on a planned $5.5 billion rail transit project in December. View Full Story
Wednesday, October 28, 2009 The Honolulu Advertiser
Honolulu rail faces key vote
The City Council today is scheduled to vote on whether to allow the city administration to sign an agreement creating a framework to address the impacts of the rail project on historical resources. View Full Story
Tuesday, October 27, 2009 The Honolulu Advertiser
More transparency needed with rail contracts, audit finds
Three contracts to hire consultants for the city's rail transit project were in compliance with all applicable laws, but the city needs to provide more documentation and oversight to ensure transparency and public confidence as the project advances, according to an auditor's report. View Full Story
Tuesday, October 27, 2009 Honolulu Star-Bulletin
Honolulu rail audit urges openness
The city needs to improve the way it documents commuter rail contract awards to improve transparency and public confidence in the project, according to a study by city auditor Les Tanaka. View Full Story
Tuesday, October 27, 2009 The Honolulu Advertiser
Honolulu City Council addresses rail's impact on historic sites
The Honolulu City Council voted Tuesday to allow the city administration to enter into an agreement to address the impact Honolulu's rail transit project will have on historic sites. View Full Story
Tuesday, October 27, 2009 Hawaii News Now
Keep moving on rail
Longtime critics of a rail transit system for Honolulu are warning Mayor Mufi Hannemann to go slow in building it, but prompt action is warranted to help Hawaii's economy and keep costs down. The mayor indicates that steps have been taken to keep punctual progress from backfiring on taxpayers. View Full Story
Monday, October 26, 2009 Honolulu Star-Bulletin
Cost savings, job creation a win for taxpayers
There's been little, if any, good news these days when it comes to the economy. So it's encouraging to hear the latest news surrounding the city's $5.5 billion rail-transit project: The city awarded the contract for the first phase of the project — at a cost savings of $90 million. View Full Story
Sunday, October 25, 2009 The Honolulu Advertiser
1st Honolulu rail contract goes to Kiewit Pacific at $483M
Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann yesterday awarded the first construction contract for the city's planned $5.5 billion elevated commuter rail line. View Full Story
Thursday, October 22, 2009 The Honolulu Advertiser
City awards $483 million contract for first phase of rail project
The city has awarded its first major rail transit construction contract -- $483 million for the first six miles -- to Kiewit Pacific Co., Mayor Mufi Hannemann announced late this morning. View Full Story
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 Honolulu Star-Bulletin
Honolulu awards first construction contract for rail-transit project
Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann announced today that Kiewit Pacific Company was awarded the design-build contract for construction of the first segment of Honolulu's rail-transit project and that it will save the city $90 million. View Full Story
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 The Honolulu Advertiser
City Chooses Contractor For Transit
Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann on Wednesday announced the city has chosen Kiewit Pacific Co. as the contractor for the first phase of Oahu's $5.3 billion rail transit project. View Full Story
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 KITV4
Kiewit wins $483M Oahu rail contract
Kapolei-based Kiewit Pacific Co. has been awarded a $482.9 million contract for the first phase of construction for the Honolulu rail transit project. View Full Story
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 Pacific Business News
Rail project's first phase comes in under budget
The biggest capital construction project in state history gains steam. The City and County of Honolulu awards the construction of the first phase of the Honolulu rail transit project. And Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann says it will shake up Hawaii's economy. View Full Story
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 Hawaii News Now
Council must stay the course on rail plans
The city's $5.3 billion rail project, its largest-ever investment in public works, has passed a critical juncture this week, with federal authorities flashing a green light for preliminary engineering work to begin. View Full Story
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 The Honolulu Advertiser
Rail seems to be on track
Honolulu's plan for a 20-mile elevated rail transit system between Kapolei and Ala Moana has reached an encouraging benchmark that should provide momentum for the city to break ground on the project by the end of this year. View Full Story
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 Honolulu Star-Bulletin
Rail project gets federal OK
The Federal Transit Administration has given its approval for the city to begin preliminary engineering on the proposed $5.3 billion rail transit project, U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye's office announced. View Full Story
Tuesday, October 13, 2009 Honolulu Star-Bulletin
Honolulu rail gets federal OK
Honolulu's proposed $5.5 billion elevated commuter train project won a key endorsement from the federal government yesterday. View Full Story
Tuesday, October 13, 2009 The Honolulu Advertiser
Honolulu's Rail Transit Project Gets Green Light From Feds
The Honolulu Rail Transit Project reached a major milestone today. The Federal Transit Administration has given the project the green light to enter the preliminary engineering phase. View Full Story
Monday, October 12, 2009 KHON2
Feds Approve Next Phase For Transit
The Federal Transit Administration approved a key step for Honolulu's rail transit system, Sen. Daniel Inouye's office and the city announced on Monday. View Full Story
Monday, October 12, 2009 KITV4
Honolulu Mass Transit Receives Federal Approval
Honolulu's Mass Transit plans have hit a milestone. Today, Hawaii's congressional delegation announced the project was approved by federal overseers, and has entered the Preliminary Engineering phase. View Full Story
Monday, October 12, 2009 KGMB9
Feds OK Honolulu rail engineering plan
The Federal Transit Administration has approved Honolulu’s application to enter the preliminary engineering phase of its proposed rail transit system. View Full Story
Monday, October 12, 2009 Pacific Business News
Hawaii rail transit faces tight schedule
It's crunch time for the Honolulu commuter rail project. In just over two months, the city plans to begin construction on its new $5.5 billion elevated train system. View Full Story
Sunday, October 11, 2009 The Honolulu Advertiser
Hearing sought on rail plan
Five City Council members are pushing for a public hearing on an alternative rail plan given to the city by the Kamehameha Schools. View Full Story
Friday, October 02, 2009 The Honolulu Advertiser
Oahu will benefit from rail, but make sure it's elevated
Since speaking at the Honolulu Rail Transit Symposium earlier this summer, I have closely followed the progress of Honolulu's elevated rail system. It has been exciting to watch your community steadily move forward to groundbreaking for your rail system and an investment that will pay returns for generations. View Full Story
Thursday, October 01, 2009 Honolulu Star-Bulletin
Honolulu rail funding shortfall shrinks in city's latest estimate
The city's latest financial plan for the East Kapolei to Ala Moana commuter rail line anticipates a $360 million shortfall in tax collections. View Full Story
Thursday, October 01, 2009 The Honolulu Advertiser
Transit Center gets rolling
A groundbreaking ceremony was held in Kalihi yesterday for a new bus facility. The city will relocate TheBus headquarters to the new $8.2 million Middle Street Transit Center at Middle Street and Kamehameha Highway. View Full Story
Tuesday, September 29, 2009 Honolulu Star-Bulletin
Ground broken for new transit facility
City officials broke ground yesterday morning on an $8.2 million transit center at Middle Street. Expected to open in October 2010, it will serve as one of the bus system's main transfer hubs and will eventually link commuters to O'ahu's planned rail transit line. View Full Story
Tuesday, September 29, 2009 The Honolulu Advertiser
New Bus Transit Stop on Middle Street
The city of Honolulu broke ground Monday on a new bus transit stop. The Middle Street Center will house facilities for passenger dropoffs and transfers as well as a bus service center and a security office. View Full Story
Monday, September 28, 2009 KGMB9
New Transit Center Part Of Mayor's Vision
The City and County of Honolulu broke ground Monday on a new Middle Street Transit Center on the outskirts of Kalihi. View Full Story
Monday, September 28, 2009 KHON2
Let's move off the dime, and on with rail
Honolulu has wasted so many years ruminating over rail transit that there's no need to dither further before coming to the point: It's time to take off the wheel blocks and get rolling with this thing. View Full Story
Sunday, September 27, 2009 The Honolulu Advertiser
Senate Approves $60 Million for Hawaii Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Projects
U.S. Senate Appropriations Chairman Daniel K. Inouye announced today that the full Senate approved $60,550,000 million in funding for various transportation, housing and urban development initiatives in Hawaii. View Full Story
Friday, September 18, 2009 Hawaii RealEstateRama
Honolulu officials balk at alternative rail plan
An alternative rail plan advanced by Kamehameha Schools could save money in the short-term but would create safety, traffic and other problems, according to the city. Hawai'i's largest private landowner recently commissioned a study that estimated the commuter rail project's $5.3 billion price tag could be cut by $1.7 billion by building about half of the planned 20-mile elevated train line at ground level. View Full Story
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 The Honolulu Advertiser
City Responds to KSBE Transit Report
It's not too late to change the rail transit plan, that's the message from Kamehameha Schools; although the City's planners disagree. View Full Story
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 KGMB9
Transit tax brings in record $17.5 million for August
Transit tax collections jumped to nearly $17.5 million last month following a change in excise tax deadlines, according to the state Department of Taxation. View Full Story
Monday, September 14, 2009 The Honolulu Advertiser
Rail transit could cost less than projected
Proposals for the first phase of the rail transit project appear to be below budget estimates, forecasting a possible savings of hundreds of millions when the $5 billion system is completed. View Full Story
Monday, August 31, 2009 Honolulu Star-Bulletin
Revenue forecast may hinder rail funding
A reduction in projected state tax revenues for this year could further hamper collections needed to build Honolulu's planned commuter rail system. View Full Story
Friday, August 28, 2009 The Honolulu Advertiser
City's statement in response to questions about rail funding
In response to media inquiries, the Department of Transportation Services issued the following statement about a misleading and irresponsible article that appeared in (Thursday's) edition of The Honolulu Advertiser regarding funding for the city's rail transit project. View Full Story
Friday, August 21, 2009 The Honolulu Advertiser
City criticized for not revealing potential shortfall in rail funding
City transportation Director Wayne Yoshioka yesterday faced mounting criticism over the city's decision to withhold an unfavorable financial report on Honolulu's planned commuter rail project from the City Council and the public. View Full Story
Friday, August 21, 2009 The Honolulu Advertiser
City should have released rail deficit numbers, two councilmembers say
City officials should have been forthcoming about a $500 million shortfall over the city's plans for a commuter rail project, two key City Councilmen said this afternoon. City Council chairman Todd Apo and Councilman Charles Djou were unhappy that city officials did not release a May 1 draft report to them, but said the project should move forward. View Full Story
Thursday, August 20, 2009 The Honolulu Advertiser
City estimated that Oahu rail funding may fall $500M short
In a May 1 report, the city said transit-tax revenue will fall an estimated $500 million short of what is needed to complete the proposed $5.3 billion elevated commuter rail line from East Kapolei to Ala Moana. View Full Story
Thursday, August 20, 2009 The Honolulu Advertiser
Report Shows Potential Money Problems for Rail
Transit transperancy; that's the cry from city council members who believe the city withheld information about a potential half a billion dollar shortfall for Oahu's $5.3 billion rail system. The city says the numbers are misrepresented. The details of the money problems come from a report obtained by rail opponents and then given to KGMB9. View Full Story
Thursday, August 20, 2009 KGMB9
Stimulus funds boost rail transit engineering
The city has been awarded more than $40 million in federal stimulus funds for transportation projects, including $4 million for preliminary engineering work on the initial segment of the $5.29 billion rail project. View Full Story
Friday, August 14, 2009 Honolulu Star-Bulletin
$40 Million for Rail and Buses in Honolulu
Honolulu will receive more than $40 million to buy 20 new buses, build transit facilities and conduct preliminary engineering for a segment of the rail transit project, U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye announced today. View Full Story
Thursday, August 13, 2009 KGMB9
Mayor Reports More Federal Money Coming to Honolulu
Mayor Mufi Hannemann today applauded U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye’s success in earmarking $40 million in funding for Honolulu’s rail transit project for the coming federal fiscal year. View Full Story
Wednesday, July 29, 2009 The City and County of Honolulu
Report has rail cost up $117M
The city's more than $5 billion rail transit project is sufficiently developed in scope, schedule and budget and should proceed to the next step, according to a federal report Mayor Mufi Hannemann released yesterday. Hannemann said the report proves the project is fiscally sound and on track to break ground by the end of this year. View Full Story
Friday, July 24, 2009 Honolulu Star-Bulletin
Fed's Studey Say Oahu Transit Project Reasonable
City officials on Thursday said a federal study found that Honolulu's rail transit project has a realistic and price tag. The federal government is giving the city $1.2 billion for rail transit, so it hired a third-party firm from Texas to analyze the city's rail plan. View Full Story
Thursday, July 23, 2009 KITV4
Hannemann: Mass Transit may Cost Less than Expected
Honolulu mayor Mufi Hannemann says the city's mass transit system may cost less than originally expected. A new report submitted to the Federal Transit Administration shows the recommended cost to build the rail system is $145 million less than previously indicated in the draft EIS. View Full Story
Thursday, July 23, 2009 KHON2
Federal agency finds rail plan sound, city officials say
City officials yesterday said a report from the Federal Transit Administration independently confirms that the rail project's costs and project schedule are sound. View Full Story
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 The Honolulu Advertiser
Honolulu rail project enters new phase
Honolulu’s rail transit project is set to enter its preliminary engineering phase. City officials said the approval came Tuesday in an oversight report by the Federal Transit Administration. View Full Story
Tuesday, July 21, 2009 Pacific Business News
Honolulu rail project enters new phase
Honolulu’s rail transit project is set to enter its preliminary engineering phase. The city has applied to enter the phase and expects a decision shortly from the Federal Transit Administration. Preliniary engineering will further define the ril project's engineering and design features. View Full Story
Tuesday, July 21, 2009 Pacific Business News
Transit tax behind schedule
Honolulu transit tax collections fell about 5 percent to an estimated $160.9 million in the past 12 months as the local economy weakened. Collections had been expected to rise 11 percent to $188 million but wound up $27.1 million lower than forecast. View Full Story
Friday, July 10, 2009 The Honolulu Advertiser
3 bidding for Oahu rail
Two major train suppliers have pulled out of the running to provide vehicles and systems for Honolulu's planned rapid transit system. That leaves three companies competing for the estimated $230 million city contract scheduled to be awarded next year. View Full Story
Monday, July 06, 2009 The Honolulu Advertiser
Proceed, albeit with caution, on elevated rail
Honolulu architects have criticized the elevated rail transit system planned between Ala Moana and Kapolei, citing new light-rail, street-level systems such as the one in Phoenix as a less expensive and less obtrusive alternative. Their argument is not convincing, even to the head of the Phoenix Metro system, and Oahu should proceed with the elevated system, however cautiously. View Full Story
Friday, June 26, 2009 Honolulu Star-Bulletin
Potential bidders attend rail symposium
At least three teams are lobbying to supply the vehicles and systems for Honolulu's planned commuter rail system. One of the teams aiming to land the estimated $250 million contract is led by Sumitomo Corporation of America. View Full Story
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 The Honolulu Advertiser
Transit tax take still lags
Honolulu's transit tax collections rebounded 10 percent in May to $14.9 million compared with a year ago. However, the city will need to collect a net $41 million this month or face a shortfall in collections for this fiscal year. View Full Story
Monday, June 22, 2009 The Honolulu Advertiser
Expert says elevated rail is best choice for Oahu
A former government official in Canada who helped to build the Vancouver SkyTrain said he thinks Honolulu is making the right decision in developing an elevated rail system. View Full Story
Saturday, June 20, 2009 Honolulu Star-Bulletin
City seeks bids on rail facility
City officials have launched a search for a contractor to build a maintenance and storage facility for Honolulu's planned $5.4 billion elevated commuter train. View Full Story
Thursday, June 04, 2009 The Honolulu Advertiser
Architects Unveil Sketches for Waipahu Rail Stations
Rail project architects incorporated 225 public comments and came up with a design for the three-story Waipahu Transit Center station. View Full Story
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 KGMB 9 News
Rail EIS nearing completion
Waipahu resident Romeo Garcia said he sees the city's proposed 20-mile rail transit system as a benefit to his community, where many rely upon buses to get to work in downtown Honolulu and Waikiki. View Full Story
Tuesday, June 02, 2009 Honolulu Star-Bulletin
New law opens up possibilities near rail transit stations
A bill that would permit new land uses around rail transit stations was signed into law yesterday by Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann. View Full Story
Thursday, March 26, 2009 Honolulu Star Bulletin
Rail ridership in U.S. a 'good sign' for Hawaii
Ridership on recently opened Mainland commuter trains is outstripping expectations, which could be a positive sign for Honolulu's planned $5.4 billion elevated commuter train. View Full Story
Tuesday, March 24, 2009 The Honolulu Advertiser
Affordable housing crucial to transit stops
Long-term success of mass transit depends on creating desired development along the transit system. Successful transit-oriented development (TOD) in Dallas, Salt Lake City, Sacramento and San Jose ensures ridership that makes transit work and provides good examples for Honolulu to follow. View Full Story
Tuesday, March 17, 2009 The Honolulu Advertiser
Three rail-transit hubs in Kapolei proposed
The city has tentatively identified three spots as locations for Transit-Oriented Development hubs in the soon-to-be-bustling East Kapolei region for the $5.4 billion commuter rail line. View Full Story
Tuesday, March 17, 2009 The Honolulu Advertiser
New rail route OK'd
The City Council approved a bill yesterday that diverts the intended route of the city's $4 billion rail-transit system to the airport, angering residents who wanted the line to go through Salt Lake. View Full Story
Thursday, January 29, 2009 Honolulu Star Bulletin
Rail will bring a better future
One of the most critical choices that we have to make on Election Day is whether to approve the city's rail-transit system. View Full Story
Friday, October 31, 2008 The Honolulu Advertiser
Rail will help Oahu’s economy get back on track
Here in Hawaii, unemployment rates are climbing. Energy prices remain stratospheric. Tourism numbers are collapsing. Retirement portfolios and homes are losing value. Economists and leaders tell us that we’re facing the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. It’s no wonder that people are asking whether we can still afford a mass transit system even with its promise to improve our quality of life. I feel we can’t afford not to invest in rail. And I’m not alone. View Full Story
Friday, October 24, 2008 Pacific Business News
Projects along Hawaii rail route stay the course despite economy
The slowing national economy and real estate downturn have raised concern that developments planned near train stations along Honolulu's proposed $3.7 billion elevated commuter rail line could be delayed or canceled. View Full Story
Sunday, October 19, 2008 The Honolulu Advertiser
Transit allows communities to control future growth
Much of the recent public discussion on Honolulu's transit system has been focused on "transportation alternatives" to address traffic and congestion problems. In comparison, three cities with successful transit systems (Vancouver, Portland and Denver) approached the implementation of rail transit not as a transportation alternative, but as a tool for "growth management." View Full Story
Sunday, October 19, 2008 Honolulu Star Bulletin
Another rail poll, similar results
Nearly three out of five registered voters surveyed favor building a rail system in Honolulu, according to a recent poll. View Full Story
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 The Honolulu Advertiser
Our future rides on big-picture thinking
When City Council members meet tomorrow for final reading of Bill 79, they will be doing more than selecting a mass-transit option and route. They will be setting a course for Honolulu's social and economic future that will last well into the 21st century. View Full Story
Thursday, December 21, 2006 The Honolulu Advertiser
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