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Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell says the city's $9.2 billion rail project isn't in danger of losing federal funds, so long as it builds all 20 miles of the planned transit line.

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The mayor of Honolulu has proposed a trio of tax increases to cover costs of a forthcoming rail line, a report said.

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The Federal Transit Administration is withholding payments for Honolulu's rail system until officials make changes to its plan to get the $9 billion project back on track.

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The Hawaiʻi Office of the Auditor has issued a blistering report on the failure of state accounting officials to adequately verify invoices from the transit agency developing the Honolulu rail system.

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Board members of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation today defended their decisions in managing the city's controversial $9.2 billion rail project.

Casey Harlow

The third and latest federal subpoena sent to the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation asks for copies of all unredacted minutes from the transit agency's board of directors meetings, including those from executive sessions, over about an eight-year period, the agency said today. 

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A federal investigator is expected to visit Honolulu next month as part of a developing grand jury probe into the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, the agency charged with building the city's rail project.

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The U.S. Department of Justice has subpoenaed more than 30,000 documents from the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation.

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The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation received a federal subpoena for project documents this week, the agency said today.

Catherine Cruz

On this edition of Bytemarks Café, Burt will talk to the organizers of the HART Sustainability Mobility Lab. Also known as the SuMo Lab, this project is a community oriented effort to co-create solutions for multi-modal transportation throughout Honolulu.

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The Office of the State Auditor released its second report on the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation today. This report highlights oversight and accountability issues within the agency, and HART's relationship with HDR Engineering, Inc.

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A State Audit of the Honolulu Rail Project was released today.

Catherine Cruz

The Office of the State Auditor released its first report on the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation today. In the report, the auditor says the information HART disclosed to the public often contradicted its own internal projections, and obscured the extent of the project's financial problems.

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Are you ready to HOLO? We’ve been hearing about it and now it's here -- the Holo Card is ready to go and the City and HART are looking for a thousand people to test it out. The city and HART are looking for bus riders willing to test out the new smart transportation card-- the HOLO card. The pilot program will roll out officially on December first but officials need testers to help them with feedback on the new system.

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When state lawmakers added new members to the HART board to help scrutinize the growing costs of Honolulu’s rail system, it actually made it more difficult to get a quorum and get business done. That’s why a question to amend the city charter will appear on the ballot next week. HART board chairman Damien Kim sat down with us yesterday afternoon to explain why voters are being asked to tweak the makeup and operation of the board.

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The Planned Redevelopment of Neal Blaisdell; Center, College Costs, College Success; AIA Marks it’s 60th Anniversary

HART: "We don't need $44M from Mayor Caldwell"

Mar 27, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

The Honolulu City Council Budget Committee reviewed the Mayor’s nearly 3.5 billion dollar operating and construction budget for 2019 today.  One request from the Mayor was for $44-million in financing for the Honolulu Rail Transit project.  Budget Committee chair, Trevor Ozawa, asked HART chief financial officer, Robert Yu, if the funding was required.

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The Honolulu Rail Transit Project is hosting a 2-day forum to attract private development partners. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Honolulu City Council: Rail Beyond Ala Moana?

Dec 20, 2017
Wayne Yoshioka

The 9.5 billion dollar Honolulu Rail Transit Project is awaiting award of a contract to complete the line to Ala Moana Center. But, as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, City lawmakers are looking beyond Ala Moana.

Honolulu City Council Approves Rail Funding Extension

Sep 6, 2017
Wayne Yoshioka

The Honolulu City Council approved the measure to enable the city to receive money to continue funding the rail transit project.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

The Conversation: Friday, August 18th, 2017

Aug 18, 2017
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Rail Finances; Internet Freedom; Honolulu Complete Streets

Wayne Yoshioka

The 10-member board overseeing the Honolulu Rail Project met today to consider actions it needs to take following a public information hearing Monday on additional funding for the 8.2 billion dollar project.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Dan Boylan: The Politics of Rail

Mar 22, 2017
Wayne Yoshioka

The Honolulu Rail Transit Project is facing an April 30th deadline to come up with a funding source to complete the downtown segment of the 20-mile system.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the political stakes seem high but the decision appears to be relatively simple.

“If rail is not completed it will constitute a real embarrassment to an entire generation of Hawai’i politicians and leaders.”

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The Conversation: Friday, August 19th, 2016

Aug 19, 2016
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Interim HART Leadership; Team India Polo; Succulent Kokedama Design                          .

HART Leadership Reorganization: Mike Formby 

     

Rail Transit Executive Resigns

Aug 18, 2016
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The head of Honolulu’s Rail Transit Project resigned today.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

The Conversation: Friday, August 12th, 2016

Aug 12, 2016
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Outlook for the E-Cig Industry; A Local School Goes Paperless; Future of HART


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One of Honolulu’s new rail cars has been hit with graffiti.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Honolulu Rail Project cannot be completed based on current revenues.  Rail authorities looked at construction options yesterday.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

The Future of Rail Transit

May 25, 2016
Wayne Yoshioka

The project oversight committee for Honolulu’s Rail transit project conducted a public hearing Tuesday night on plans to relocate utilities in the City’s urban core.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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