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Links to Stories About Rail

We will continue to provide links to new and older articles about the Honolulu rail project and the process of building, planning and funding the system.  Listen the a former HART board member interviewed by Rick Hamada here.

Ridership Projections Have Dropped - CB
In yet another bit of bad news for rail, the projected ridership for the city’s half-built, $12.4 billion train system from Kapolei to Ala Moana has declined, according to rail authority Executive Director Lori Kahikina.
INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAIʻI
PBS  Hawaii
Honolulu’s Rail System – Where Are We Now?  Air Date: Thu, Apr 29, 2021 8:00 PM
Rail to Nowhere: Honolulu, Hawaii's Train Boondoggle
Here's a reason.TV report from 2013.  Still timely today and all of the predictions have come to fruition.
Honolulu rail project faces $3 billion budget shortfall
The city’s $11 billion rail project has a budget shortfall of $3 billion and the new interim CEO sees no clear path to plugging the deficit.
Civil Beat  Honolulu Rail Project Page
Civil Beat has a great articles on the Honolu rail project. 
Hawaii News Now Page
Visit the Hawaii NewS Now page on the Honolulu rail project.  Detailed stories to bring you up to date with the issues.

News  Stories


Here is a breakdown of news stories about rail.

Media bamboozled by more of the rail “smoke and mirrors” treatment - Ian Lind     A must read commentary on rail fiasco. Read Here

What now for Honolulu’s rail project? Star Advertiser 9/11/21:
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Rick Hamada & Joe Uno, former HART board member
August 30, 2021 • 44 min  Listen here
Rick Hamada interviews Joe Uno, former Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit board member who was ousted after a 5-4 City Council vote earlier this year. Uno details expenditures of the ongoing construction of the Honolulu Rail Project and the damage the spiraling costs are doing to the city, now and in the future.


Civil Beat-  Alternatives To The Last Honolulu Rail Leg? HART Releases A ‘Matrix’ Of Ideas.  2 June 2021

HART and the City must still come up with a workable financial plan and get this project up and running. Schatz said, “...HART and the City must still come up with a workable financial plan.”  Read More

Honolulu rail project faces $3 billion budget shortfall. The city's $11 billion rail project has a budget shortfall and the new interim CEO sees no clear path to plugging the deficit. Read More

Lots of finger pointing as Honolulu rail runs out of money... it became clear the city didn't have enough money to finish it. Much finger pointing and hang wringing has ensued. 
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Honolulu rail line CEO estimates project is short $3 billion. Making HART more efficient and cutting costs will not plug the $3 billion deficit, she said.  Read More

Honolulu rail authority CEO says another delay possible. Some train wheels do not properly fit track crossings in some sections of the project.  Read More

(2020) Mayor:  Honolulu’s rail project will cost over $1 billion more than expected and won’t be completed until eight years after the state had initially scheduled,  Read More

Could Self-Driving Cars And Buses Replace The Last Leg Of Rail? Longtime critics want to stop the elevated train at Middle Street, then embrace new transportation technologies for the rest of the route.
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(2016) Hopelessly Over-Budget, Rail Should Stop At Middle Street, Mayor (Caldwell) Says  he wants to stop the line — for now — nearly five miles short of its originally intended destination.  Read More

(2011)  Price Drops for Rail System (look at how they underestimated price back then)The cost to build Honolulu's rail transit system has decreased to $5.3 billion from $5.5 billion, according to the latest draft of the city's financial plan, released yesterday. The financial plan will be sent to the Federal Transit Administration for review. Read More

Why the Washington DC Metro System Is a Complete Disaster
The capital of the world’s only superpower has a third world problem: You can’t get there from here using public transportation.  The forty-year-old Metro mass-transit system, designed to be a model for the rest of the world, is falling apart.  And though there’s widespread agreement that the system needs a drastic overhaul, deep political divisions impede efforts to find a solution. So the failures mount. Read More

HART’s alleged mishandling of Hanabusa contract-Hawaii News Now Video - 17 June 2021   A state lawmaker and a political watchdog are calling for an investigation into the rail authority’s attempt to award a lucrative lobbying contract to former Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa. Watch

Honolulu rail project's price tag hits $12.4B. There is no clear or easy plan on how to plug the $3.577 billion deficit as the price tag to build the 20-mile, 21-station project continues to rise.
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As costs balloon, Honolulu rail board looks at stopping troubled project at Middle Street. Read More

Honolulu rail project faces $3 billion budget shortfall and the new interim CEO sees no clear path to plugging the deficit. The CEO said "There’s a huge gap that we need to fill. … I don’t have the answers how to fix it."  Read More

Another $800M For Rail? Don’t Count On It, Schatz Says: "The time for “magical thinking” is over, he said. Billions of dollars will not 'fall out of the sky from Washington.'"  
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Honolulu rail a ‘political project’ that’s ready for a remake. Video interview with Joe Uno. When will Hawaii’s leadership acknowledge that it’s time for new thinking on the Honolulu rail boondoggle?  
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Honolulu rail line CEO estimates project is short $3 billion. There’s a huge gap that we need to fill. … I don’t have the answers how to fix it,” Kahikina said. Read More

Honolulu rail line CEO stops construction on one segment. She ordered the stop to building in the Dillingham area....“The reason I stopped it was we actually did not have 100% design drawings complete,” she said.
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It’s Not Too Late To Build Rail Better. Civil Beat editorial: Let’s consider stopping at Middle Street and connecting the train to better transportation modes.  Read More

Lots of finger pointing as Honolulu rail runs out of money....it became clear the city didn't have enough money to finish it. Much finger pointing and hang wringing has ensued. Read More

If the trains draw too much power as they speed up to leave stations, it could affect the use of household appliances and other electrical-powered equipment. Read More

Tension escalates over rail’s power supply and who will pay for it.
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