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Lawmakers pass bill to fund Honolulu light rail funding gap

Rail| September 5, 2017

The proposal previously passed the Senate and now heads to Gov. David Ige, who said he expects to sign it after a review.

Honolulu light rail bill narrowly passes first state senate vote

Rail| August 29, 2017

The bill is projected to bring about $2.37 billion to help complete the 20-mile rail by extending the half-percent excise tax surcharge on Oahu for another three years, although the mayor of Honolulu would like it extended to five years.

Rail| August 28, 2017

Lawmakers meet to find solution for $3B Honolulu light rail funding gap

If no solution is found by Sept. 15, the federal government could demand that Honolulu return more than $800 million it has already spent and withhold the rest of a promised $1.5 billion funding package.

Rail| August 16, 2017

Honolulu lawmakers discuss funding options to complete light rail project

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation has a September 15 deadline to submit its financial plan to the Federal Transit Administration.

Rail| August 1, 2017

Honolulu rail agency names new executive director/CEO

The HART board interviewed seven finalists after narrowing a global search of more than a hundred applicants to succeed the current interim executive director/CEO.

Rail| June 12, 2017

Honolulu rail project gets go-ahead to issue bonds to prevent shut down

HART officials said the project would run out of money in January without a cash infusion, and without the bonds, it would have to begin shutting down operations this August.

Management & Operations| June 7, 2017

HNTB hires 2 rail experts to prepare for PTC deadline

Michael Bogonovich and Michael Haverstick join the company to address infrastructure needs for the approaching legislative deadline.

Rail| May 31, 2017

Honolulu performs first railcar test on track

The goal was to make sure there's enough clearance along the rail line for the train and there are no obstacles in its path.

Rail| May 1, 2017

Honolulu lawmakers propose boosting hotel tax to pay for rail project

The bill would raise the transient accommodation tax paid by visitors from 9.25% to 12% for 10 years.

Rail| April 13, 2017

Honolulu's senate approves bill to extend tax for rail project

The state’s finance committee chair says the bill would generate $792 million, while also reducing the state’s administrative fee from 10% to 1%, which would create another $397 million, bringing the total of the bill to $1.2 billion in funding.

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