The Reality Of Rail

Honolulu officials expect $80M shortfall for rail project due to virus pandemic

Honolulu should expect an $80 million tax revenue shortfall for the city’s $9.2 billion rail transit project because of the coronavirus outbreak, officials said.

  Want a first-hand look at a HART rail station and train? Here’s your chance

  City Council grills rail officials over delays through urban core

  To avoid more delays, rail project wants to dial up daytime construction work

Lanes on Nimitz are getting smaller as rail moves closer to town

  With rail almost ready to roll, Kapolei wonders how much development is too much

Groundbreaking held for transit-oriented condo-hotel near Ala Moana Center

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  Businesses along busy urban corridor prepare for a hit as rail construction moves east

Honolulu denies employees use of law firm in rail inquiry

Major rail preparation work to kick off on Dillingham Blvd. next month

FTA: Honolulu rail project botched program to relocate homes, businesses

  Emails show turmoil in state Auditor’s Office during rail audit

  Recorded interview sheds light on dozens of costly change orders for rail project

Hawaii land exchange to aid Honolulu rail, raises questions

Hawaii land officials have started to arrange a property exchange to aid construction of a multibillion-dollar rail line.

In ‘milestone,’ feds approve recovery plan for city’s beleaguered rail project

After mounting concerns over Honolulu rail construction, the Federal Transit Administration has approved the rail authority’s recovery plan.

Proposals for the cost to ride the rail discussed, but public input still wanted

The commission met Tuesday to discuss some ideas and recommendations.

HART budgeting to fix cracks found in West Oahu rail stations

Honolulu’s embattled rail project is already in need of repairs, and it isn’t even fully operable yet.

  Federal investigators probe Katherine Kealoha’s role in costly rail project delay

  A hazardous discovery could cost the rail authority $10 million

Honolulu rail authority to redesign and replace canopy arms

Honolulu mayor plans 3 tax hikes to cover future rail costs

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

The change order is one of hundreds of HART transactions under review by the feds.

Rail project whistleblower lawsuit attracts federal scrutiny

A rail contractor whistleblower says the U.S. Department of Transportation's inspector general has inquired about his claims.

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

And his previous work history should be a red flag, one critic says.

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

The whistleblower suit comes as the City Council is calling for a forensic audit of the rail system.

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

The scope of the latest subpoena has not yet been divulged.

  Rail authority gets second subpoena in connection with federal criminal probe

The new subpoena seeks documents related to real estate acquisition for the rail line.

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

The investigation comes in the wake of two critical state audits.

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

One of the big takeaways from the audit: Improvements have been made but they're not enough.

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

The chief executive of Honolulu’s rail transit project won’t get a raise this year, but the rail authority’s board did vote to give Andrew Robbins a $10,000 bonus.

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

The report is the second of four planned by the state auditor.

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

The FTA said loud and clear ... that they want to see funds in hand, ready to use."

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

For roughly two years, the commute along Kamehameha Highway has been a rough ride for drivers, residents and businesses due to rail.

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

The price tag for Honolulu's beleaguered rail project is $8.2 billion.

  Honolulu rail authority files condemnation suit against Kakaako business

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation has filed a condemnation suit against a longtime Kakaako business, but the company is fighting back.

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

A big delivery was made at Pier 2 at Honolulu Harbor Wednesday.

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

The price tag for Honolulu's troubled rail project has gone up again, according to a new report. Jacobs Engineering Group, a federal consultant, estimates the rail project will cost $8.3 billion.

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.