The Reality Of Rail

Honolulu must put more cash into rail to get federal funds

Feds to delay release of millions in rail funding over construction concerns

  'Gross incompetence or worse’: Rail purchase of reinforced steel questioned

Rail project whistleblower lawsuit attracts federal scrutiny

  New hire charged with reining in HART’s budget to get $329 an hour

  Whistleblower lawsuit alleges $20M in rail project change order abuses

Continued Coverage

  If you’re keeping count, the rail authority has now received 3 subpoenas

  Rail authority gets second subpoena in connection with federal criminal probe

  DOJ criminal probe seeks more than 30,000 documents from rail authority

  There’s another audit out on rail. It’s just as bad as the other ones

  Rail CEO won’t see a raise this year, but he did get a hefty bonus

  Audit: 18 rail consultants paid average of $500,000 a year in salaries, overhead

HART announces tentative settlement with contractor over costly delays

Rail officials say they’ve settled their largest-ever change-order dispute.

  Blistering audit blames political rush to construction for ballooning rail costs

'The city prematurely entered into contracts under an artificial timeline and fragile financial plan.'

4th Honolulu rail train being transported to Rail Operations Center in Waipahu

The fourth train of the Honolulu rail project is being transported to the Rail Operations Center in Waipahu this week.

  All aboard: HART invites public to explore rail cars

The 188-seat, four-car train will be air-conditioned and feature luggage racks and free WiFi.

In less than a month, the city needs to find $44M for rail

  Kamehameha Highway in Pearl City will soon go back to 3 lanes each way

  In response to stern warning from feds on rail, Caldwell tells council this isn’t the ‘time to play’

  Honolulu rail authority files condemnation suit against Kakaako business

Large delivery for Honolulu’s rail project unloaded at Honolulu Harbor

  Honolulu rail project’s price tag grows to $8.3B

Energized tracks are the latest accomplishment for Honolulu’s rail

Honolulu's rail transit project reached another milestone Friday.

Nearly $6K in tools reported stolen from rail construction site

Police in Honolulu are investigating the apparent theft of thousands of dollars worth of power tools from a rail construction site in West Oahu.

Mayor asks for $64M to buy land for transit center, housing project near Ala Moana

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell is asking for $64 million build a massive housing and bus transit center near Ala Moana Center.

  Former prosecutor, judge selected to lead rail investigation

The state Legislative Auditor has hired former prosecutor and state judge Randal Lee to head the $200,000 rail audit.

Honolulu rail construction to impact traffic near Pearl Harbor sites

Construction on the Honolulu rail project is moving through the Pearl Harbor area, which means road closures will be in place.

Company that designed collapsed Florida bridge also helped design Honolulu rail

The same company that designed the pedestrian bridge that collapsed in Florida last week also helped design the Honolulu rail line, Hawaii News Now has learned.

Rail inches closer to completion as vital operating system is activated

Honolulu's controversial and embattled rail project took a step in the right direction Wednesday.

The airport phase of the rail project is underway

The rail line is headed to town.

One ‘no’ vote temporarily derails HART deal with HECO over power lines

The board that oversees the city's rail project has deferred a decision that could cut more than a hundred million dollars from its cost.

  Rail officials still don’t know how to get the route to UH Manoa

As rail officials continue to develop their plans for the Ala Moana station, which is projected to be the busiest location along the guideway, they're also being challenged to think ahead about how the rail line can reach UH Manoa.

  Kaka’ako land dispute could push rail project even further over budget

One of Kaka'ako's largest landowners is asking the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation to pay more than $200 million for land the agency still needs to acquire in the area – a price tag $186 million more than the city's most recent offer.

Rail group settles on Hawaiian names for 9 rail stations

What will the rail stations be called?

  Rail expansion to Manoa, Waikiki impossible — at least on current route

The Ala Moana station for Honolulu's rail line will be built on Kona Street between Piikoi and Konaiki streets.

  It’s coming: Rail work kicks off airport leg

The joint venture Shimmick, Traylor and Granite is being paid $875 million to build Phase 3 of the 20-mile Honolulu rail line.

State makes its 4 picks for HART board appointees

State leaders were tasked with appointing a total of four non-voting members to the HART board in the interest of accountability and transparency.

  In successful test, city rail cars reach 40 mph on its own power

One of the city's four-car rail trains reached 40 miles per hour in a speed test Wednesday. And officials are optimistic that it will be able to soon reach its top speed.

  Council committees give rail recovery plan OK, but questions remain

The recovery plan for the embattled rail project was approved Tuesday by the Honolulu City Council's budget and transportation committees.

Here’s the latest price tag for Oahu’s rail project

The Honolulu rail authority says the cost of the rail system is now at $9 billion.

Concern grows after construction workers unearth 2 sets of iwi

Construction workers have unearthed two sets of human remains at the rail projects Pearlridge station.