Rail

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.

Diliff / Wikimedia Commons

  The government has approved a deal to finance a multi-billion dollar rail project. Unfortunately for backers of the Honolulu rail plan, this particular construction is thousands of miles from Hawai‘i. It’s a deal announced this week in Thailand for a project that will eventually go to China. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

SHADE
SHADE

Many Hawai‘i residents are well-travelled and can knowledgeably compare the world’s great cities.  With Honolulu in the midst of a development boom, some wonder what is guiding this city’s transformation.  A group of local designers, architects and landscape designers is working to make sure communities are involved in changes that are coming with the rail transit project.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Chris Hong
Chris Hong

The UH Athletics Department is looking at ways to energize its area there in the quarry on the Mānoa campus.  They turned to the UH Architecture Department for ideas on how to create a vibrant community feel, stretching from upper campus through lower campus, into the community as a whole.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on a very special project and the ideas it generated.

Wikimedia Commons
Wikimedia Commons

A major rail project has run into financial trouble. There’s a controversy about funding, and actual construction of the route has been delayed. The story may sound familiar to Hawai‘i residents, but this rail line is thousands of miles from Honolulu. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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.”

creative commons
creative commons

No one person decided the rail system Honolulu is currently embarked on.  In 2008, 50.6% of voters decided to allow the construction of a steel on steel rail transit system.  There were expert panels, studies, reports, and key City Council decisions, which were shaped by input.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa talked with former Mayor Mufi Hannemann who was spearheading the rail project at the time.  It was pegged at 5.2 billion dollars.

creative commons
creative commons

creative commons
creative commons

TheBus, Honolulu’s bus transit system, is the only mass transit system to be honored twice by the American Public Transportation Association, the Oscars of mass transit.  TheBus is also credited with the lowest cost per mile of any U.S. system.  No wonder so many people today wonder why Bus Rapid Transit, BRT, cannot be expanded to address O‘ahu’s traffic mess.  Honolulu’s current bus network was developed during the Harris administration under Transportation Services Director, Cheryl Soon.

Wikimedia Commons
Wikimedia Commons

A multi-billion dollar rail project has just taken a big step toward completion. But this train is not in Hawai‘i, it’s thousands of miles across the Pacific. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

The Conversation: Friday, August 12th, 2016

Aug 12, 2016
Wikipedia

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


Luke Jones / Flickr
Luke Jones / Flickr

There’s news today about a multi-billion dollar rail project that will change the look of a capital city. It’s not the Honolulu rail project—this is a high speed train that would link Singapore with the capital city of Malaysia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

The leaders of Singapore and Malaysia signed a train deal this week.  It’s a memo of understanding for a high-speed rail project that would link Singapore with Kuala Lumpur—about 185 miles.  Planners say it will turn what is now about a 5 hour drive into a 90 minute ride.

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.

Wayne Yoshioka

The Honolulu City Council’s Budget Committee today focused on financing for Honolulu’s rail transit project.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Rail Transit Project Milestone

Jul 14, 2015
Wayne Yoshioka

O’ahu’s 6-billion dollar rail transit project marked a major milestone today as construction moves toward Pearl City.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.