Rail work continues with tests for station at airport

Honolulu Start Advertiser By Marcel Honoré June 10, 2017 Even amid all of rail’s financial uncertainty, project officials are touting the work that continues to proceed farther east toward town. Local media members watched Friday as crews with Shimmick Traylor Granite, the contractor that’s handling the bulk of the rail work from Aloha Stadium… Read More

Rail car tested along elevated guideway

Honolulu Star Advertiser Associated Press and Marcel Honoré May 31, 2017 The public got its first glimpse of a train car moving along Oahu’s partly built elevated guideway Tuesday, as testing began on the vehicle in Leeward Oahu. The car was towed 2.1 miles from the rail operations center (between Leeward Community College and… Read More

Lingering funding concerns overshadow first test of rail on tracks

Hawaii News Now By Allyson Blair May 30, 2017 It was a moment nearly a decade in the making. On Tuesday, the first rail cars slowly made their way across the elevated guide way in Waipahu. “For engineers this is a great day,” Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation Interim Executive Director Krishniah Murthy said. Read More

State Legislature marred by secrecy, maneuvering and epic fail on rail

Honolulu Star Advertiser By Kevin Dayton May 7, 2017 Analysis It is an odd-numbered year so most voters probably won’t notice or remember, but this was not the finest hour for Hawaii’s elected officials, or for openness in government. The most obvious misstep was the state Legislature’s embarrassing failure during its regular 60-day session… Read More

Local Connection: Rail Fail

Hawaii News Now Commentary by Ric Blangiardi May 6, 2017 There is plenty of blame to go around about the failure of the legislature to come up with a plan to fill the funding shortfall for Honolulu rail. The Mayor clearly miscalculated the resistance to his request for an extended rail tax. Maybe… Read More

Rail on track, report says, but funds in flux

Honolulu Star Advertiser By Marcel Honoré and Timothy Hurley May 2, 2017 Rail’s long-anticipated “recovery plan,” finally released Monday after several deadline extensions, touts building the full 20-mile system but still can’t answer exactly how the city will pay for it. That’s because state lawmakers haven’t yet agreed to a funding deal that… Read More

Input sought on transit-oriented development

Honolulu Star Advertiser By Jayna Omaye April 26, 2017 The city is seeking input on its draft plan for transit-oriented development around the three rail stations in the Hono­lulu Airport area, including proposed new mixed-use communities not primarily centered on housing. Renee Espiau, TOD lead planner, said the goal is to create employment… Read More

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