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Officials: Tax extension may not be enough to pay for Honolulu rail project

Rail| April 7, 2016

Completion of Oahu's rail project is already two years behind schedule and the cost has risen to roughly $6.5 billion — an increase of more than a billion dollars.

Honolulu's HART receives first two railcars

Rail| March 28, 2016

Over the next several weeks, crews will be pouring the cars, making sure they work like they are supposed to. The detailing and eventual guideway testing will all take place at HART's operations center in Waipahu.

Management & Operations| March 24, 2016

INIT to supply Honolulu bus, rail smart card system

Will provide new smart card readers on TheBus and ticket vending machines and fare gates at the rail stations. The contract also calls for customer service terminals at satellite city halls and retail outlets to sell passes and load value onto the cards.

Rail| November 18, 2015

Honolulu mayor urges council to expedite excise tax vote

Federal officials, which were set to award the project $250 million this month, are concerned that the Honolulu City Council has yet to take a final vote on extending the excise tax for five years to help pay for the system.

Rail| October 28, 2015

Honolulu officials confused by fluctuating rail tax revenues

State Department of Taxation officials have pointed to a lag in processing tax returns as a key reason for the swings. HART officials, meanwhile, said they still don’t fully understand what’s causing the swings.

Rail| September 17, 2015

Honolulu's rail project's shortfall could hit $1B

The updated figure assumes that it could be more costly to build rail than officials have already estimated, even factoring in the most recent price hikes, as the project enters “a more challenging, costly environment including the restricted Honolulu International Airport location and the urban City Center,” according to HART and city officials.

Management & Operations| August 12, 2015

HART's Grabauskas added to UITP policy board

UITP is an international organization for public transportation authorities and operators, policy and decision makers, scientific institutes, businesses and suppliers. APTA has a long-standing partnership with the organization.

Management & Operations| August 4, 2015

Honolulu's rail tax came in $8M short last quarter

Overall, HART has collected a total of $1.52 billion in surcharge revenue for the rail project, which is about  39 million, or 1.18%, below projections.

Rail| July 31, 2015

Former Santa Clara VTA chief hired to oversee Honolulu rail project

Michael Burns will be responsible for overseeing the rail project’s finances, as well as the functioning of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation board.

Accessibility| May 11, 2015

Honolulu's Handi Van chief replaced amid service issues

Last fall, complaints about busy reservation lines and late van pick-ups spiked when a new reservation system began operation.

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