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Mahalo, Friends of Rail Supporters

Mahalo for your support of Friends of Rail in the days leading to the special session and during the session itself. Whether you donated money, joined us for signwaving, submitted testimony, or just liked the Friends of Rail Facebook page, we truly appreciate your kokua. We were encouraged by the thousands of visitors to our… Read More

Neighbor isle leaders protest tax hike for rail

Hawaii Star Advertiser By Kevin Dayton August 27, 2017 Some neighbor island lawmakers are agitating against plans to increase the hotel room tax statewide to pump more money into Honolulu’s financially troubled rail project, and their resistance could jeopardize what is expected to be a close vote in the state Senate this week… Read More

FRIENDS OF RAIL STATEMENT ON THE PASSAGE OF SENATE BILL NO. 4

Friends of Rail is hopeful Senate Bill No. 4 will provide the funding necessary to construct Honolulu’s rail project to Ala Moana. If it falls short, we will look to the legislature to quickly fix any shortcomings and do what is necessary to meet the requirements of the Full Funding Grant Agreement. In such a… Read More

Fixing rail’s $3 billion shortfall

Pacific Business News Anna Hrushka Reporter August 24, 2017, 3:17pm HST https://www.bizjournals.com/pacific/news/2017/08/24/fixing-rails-3-billion-shortfall.html Stanford Carr is frustrated with the lack of progress he’s seeing regarding the construction of Honolulu’s $10 billion rail project. “The session ended in May. This should have been put to bed already,” the developer, and owner of Stanford Carr… Read More

Local Connection: Rail Hearing

Hawaii News Now Commentary by Ric Blangiardi August 15, 2017 http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/36144037/local-connection-rail-hearing  With Monday’s hearing on Honolulu’s rail project, state lawmakers have begun the process of figuring out how to cover the three billion dollar shortfall. Hopefully during the upcoming special session, lawmakers will keep their eyes on the one task… Read More

Don’t increase TAT to fund rail project

Honolulu Star Advertiser Editorial by Bob Berges, Stephanie Nojima and Barbara Campbell August 20, 2017 We speak for our almost 4,000 fellow employees of Outrigger Hotels Hawaii throughout Hawaii and beyond. We and our visitor industry’s some 200,000- strong ohana and our many partners work hard every day to keep visitors visiting us… Read More

Council OKs $350 million in bond funding for rail

Honolulu Star Advertiser By Marcel Honoré July 13, 2017 The Honolulu City Council has authorized $350 million in city-backed bonds to keep existing rail work going — a shot of political support for the beleaguered transit project as the Legislature looks to bail it out later this summer. With Wednesday’s 6-3 vote, city… Read More

Special session on how to cover $3B rail shortfall set for August

HawaiiNewsNow By Ashley Nagaoka July 7, 2017 More than two months after lawmakers wrapped up the 2017 legislative session without an agreement on how to continue funding the troubled Honolulu rail project, the leadership sent a memo to their members Friday morning telling them to mark Aug. 28 to Sept. 1 as the dates… Read More

Special session to tackle rail funding

Honolulu Star-Advertiser By Kevin Dayton June 20, 2017 Lawmakers haven’t yet agreed on the details, but leaders in the state House and Senate announced Monday that they plan to hold a special session this summer to try to resolve their impasse over how to provide more funding for the city’s 20-mile rail project. Read More

Reality of Rail: Interview With Council Member Kymberly Marcos Pine

HawaiiNewsNow June 19, 2017 The Honolulu Rail project has been plagued with a number of problems since it’s inception. But the largest problem looming over the transportation system has been its budget, and more specifically, how to find the billions needed to finish it. Mayor Kirk Caldwell has been lobbying to extend the General… Read More

Rail project is expected to bolster low-income housing

Honolulu Star Advertiser By Sophie Cocke June 16, 2017 The state agency that manages public housing for low-income Hawaii residents is hoping to add thousands of housing units along the planned Honolulu rail route, including 2,140 rentals through the redevelopment of Mayor Wright Housing in Palama, as the state struggles with a shortage of… Read More

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