Honolulu Rail Transit

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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.

Wayne Yoshioka

A plan to build affordable housing near major transportation hubs on all islands is being developed by the state.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Dan Boylan: The Politics of Rail

Mar 22, 2017
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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.”

Legislative Update on Honolulu Rail Transit Funding

Mar 14, 2017

The state legislature is considering a bill to continue funding for Honolulu’s Rail Transit project.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka has this update from lawmakers.    

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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.

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  There were a few key junctures in the long, convoluted story of Honolulu’s rail project.  Getting the point five percent general excise tax increase was one, and the decision to go with an elevated system is another.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa is taking an average citizen’s look at the project and had a chance to talk with two key players involved in the project’s beginnings.

Town Square: Another Look at the Rail Project

Feb 9, 2017
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  Since before Honolulu's elevated rail broke ground, architect Scott Wilson has advocated for a different system. Still rail but 'at grade.' In a report released this year he re-energized that idea to transform the bloated project once it reaches town. Scott Wilson will be on the show to answer calls and questions.

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.

Honolulu City Council Members Weigh-in on Rail

Jun 20, 2016
Wayne Yoshioka

O’ahu’s escalating 8.3 billion dollar rail transit project is in deep financial trouble.  Now, lawmakers controlling the City’s budget are weighing-in.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Honolulu Rail Transit Costs Soaring

May 17, 2016
Wayne Yoshioka

The cost for Honolulu’s Rail Transit is escalating rapidly from week to week.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka ventured out to ask the public if they support the project.

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The annual spending plan for Honolulu’s elevated rail project is headed to the full City Council for final approval next month.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

Wayne Yoshioka

The Honolulu City Council Budget Committee approved next year’s funding for the rail transit project today.  It includes a 3-million dollar pay-out.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.