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Bill to extend Honolulu rail tax moves to Gov.

Rail| May 7, 2015

The bill would generate about $1.8 billion in additional rail funding from Oahu’s 0.5% general excise tax surcharge by allowing it to expire in 2027 instead of 2022.

34 properties purchased for $70M along Honolulu rail transit route

Rail| March 5, 2015

HART's property acquisitions range in price from $22,304 to about $6 million. In June, HART said that it has to acquire 213 properties for the project, and that it had an acquisition budget of $222 million.

Rail| February 25, 2015

Hitachi purchases manufacturer of Honolulu's rail system

Finmeccanica owns all of AnsaldoBreda, which is unprofitable, and 40% of Ansaldo STS, which is profitable, according to the report. The two Ansaldo companies formed a joint venture, Ansaldo Honolulu JV, to design and build the 20-mile, 21-station elevated train system for Oahu under a $1.4 billion contract.

Rail| December 23, 2014

Honolulu's rail transit costs could rise by up to $700M

Dan Grabauskas, HART’s executive director/CEO blames higher construction costs, as well as the costs associated with legal delays and other factors, for the potential increase.

Rail| September 19, 2014

Honolulu building rail system of the future

Instead of human drivers, a centrally-located computer system will control stops, departures, and speed, and even open and close doors. HART officials expect operations to be cheaper and safer.
Management & Operations| September 10, 2014

Honolulu rail opening delayed as station contract bids canceled

Bids to build the first nine rail stations came in significantly higher than expected, which led the agency to cancel the contract bids.
Rail| September 4, 2014

Honolulu rail's camera investment questioned

Under the terms of the $223,000 agreement with EarthCam, HART is installing cameras at the future sites of all 21 rail stations as well as the Maintenance and Storage Facility. Critics are concerned with the project's costs increasingly rising, overall.
Management & Operations| August 22, 2014

Record number of workers building Honolulu rail

The number of people working on the island’s rail transit project grew to 1,238 during the second quarter, according to the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation. The number reflects the addition of 93 workers.
Management & Operations| July 23, 2014

HART unveils plans for rail station at Honolulu airport

The future station site will be built along Ala Auana Street between the overseas and international parking structures. Officials say the station will be elevated, with sky bridges connecting to the parking garages and access to the international and inter-island terminals.
Rail| May 29, 2014

Transit systems work to preserve trees along rail lines

Transit systems planning rail lines, such as Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation and California’s Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit, are working with their communities to preserve trees in the paths of proposed routes.

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