honolulu rail

Town Square: Rail Progress Report

Jan 15, 2015
Credit Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation / Credit Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation


On this Town Square, a progress report on Honolulu's rail project with Mayor Kirk Caldwell and HART Executive Director & CEO, Daniel Grabauskas. 

Honolulu Rail Transit Not On Budget or On Time

Dec 18, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

O’ahu’s 5.3 billion dollar rail transit project is facing harsh financial challenges and probably will not be built on budget or on time.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.


  Honolulu’s rail system is still a couple of years away from opening its first section. But another multi-billion dollar train deal overseas is making local headlines in two countries.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Honolulu TOD Plans Up for Public Comment

Oct 13, 2014

Honolulu’s Rail Transit system is scheduled to begin operating in three years. City officials are currently working on development and zoning plans for land along the transit route. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka has this update.

Honolulu Rail Transit update

Sep 17, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

Construction of Honolulu’s 5.2 billion dollar Rail Transit System is moving toward the urban center at a steady pace.  The focus of the City Council’s Budget Committee yesterday was on the project’s impact on Kaka’ako businesses.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka has this update.

Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

  The Honolulu Rail system is still at least five years from completion. The first section is scheduled to operate in 2017, with the entire system up and running by 2019. This week, another metro rail system took a big step forward...in Mumbai, India. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more on that in today’s Asia Minute.

Rail Transit Guideway Scheduled for Construction

Apr 17, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

Honolulu’s 5.1 billion dollar rail transit project is set to make a major push toward the city in the next few weeks as construction of the major guide-way system is ramped up and put into place.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.     

Honolulu Rail Construction Resumes

Sep 16, 2013
Wayne Yoshioka
Wayne Yoshioka

Construction on the Honolulu Rail Transit system resumed today following a year-long delay to complete archeological studies ordered by the Hawai’i Supreme Court. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka attended the early morning start-up in West O’ahu and filed this report.

Wayne Yoshioka
Wayne Yoshioka

The U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco heard oral arguments from both sides in the federal rail transit lawsuit today. The proceeding was transmitted via live video feed to the Honolulu Federal Courthouse. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka was there and filed this report.

The anti-rail appeal

Jun 7, 2013

He's one of the high profile plaintiffs in the anti-rail appeal.  It'll be heard in August thanks to a request to expedite the hearing- before HART resumes construction. It isn't over until its over and Randy Roth says it's not. 


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.

Honolulu is not the only city with a debate about trains. In Vietnam, there’s been an ongoing discussion about improving the rail link between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.


The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation is working on the next step of the city’s multi-billion dollar rail project. Officials are preparing a report on their archeological survey, which was completed last month. Across the Pacific, another rail project is at a very different stage—HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.