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Why we need to press ‘pause’ on the Honolulu rail project

Another year, another interview about Honolulu’s seriously troubled rail system — the problem that won’t go away! But for a change, we seem to be at a moment when hitting the “pause” button on the most expensive megaproject per capita in the world makes a lot of sense. Hawaii’s most

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27 alternatives to the Honolulu rail’s Plan A?

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii in late April obtained a previously secret document from the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation showing the city agency has analyzed 27 alternatives to its current plan for its troubled rail project. Now the document is being discussed community-wide, with veteran journalist Catherine Cruz of Hawaii

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What’s the latest on Oahu’s troubled rail project?

The future of Honolulu’s troubled rail project was the topic of a May 9, 2021, interview of Keli’i Akina by radio Johnny Miro of H. Hawaii Media. The interview, heard on Oahu stations 101.1 FM, 101.5 FM, 107.5 FM, 97.1 FM, 96.7 FM and 103.9 FM, followed the release of a secret Honolulu

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HART needs to quit being so secretive

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for May 7, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-864-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ______________ For years, Hawaii citizens have been asking the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation to

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HART officials looking at 27 possible rail changes

Photo courtesy of HART The following is a news release issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on April 30, 2021. ____________ Funding worries have forced the Honolulu transit agency to consider alternatives to its original plan, newly released documents show   HONOLULU, April 30, 2021 >> The Honolulu Authority

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Honolulu rail a ‘political project’ that’s ready for a remake

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for April 16, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-864-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ____________ When will Hawaii’s leadership acknowledge that it’s time for new thinking on the Honolulu

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‘Perfect storm’ for rail an opportunity, HART board member says

During Keli‘i Akina”s “Hawaii Together” program on Monday, Joe Uno of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation candidly explained why he thinks the way-behind-schedule Honolulu rail project is ready for a new direction. Echoing a point he made recently in a commentary in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Uno urged that HART consider a “Plan C” for the

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Rail and Bill 80 represent old way of thinking

I’ve been saying that Hawaii’s policymakers need to respond to the economic impact of the COVID-19 lockdowns with bold ideas. I should have clarified that by “bold ideas” I meant new thinking, not the relentless pursuit of the same old big government policies. In other words, instead of continuing the same

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‘Panos’ estimates rail cost to reach at least $13 billion

Honolulu’s overbudget and behind-schedule rail system continues to climb in cost, and now probably will cost at least $13 billion by the time it is finished, according to University of Hawaii civil engineering professor Panos Prevedouros. Prevedouros was the guest on the latest episode of Keili’i Akina’s “Hawaii Together” on

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Honolulu can’t afford to borrow more for rail, Grassroot Institute says

The following is testimony submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Honolulu City Council at its July 8, 2020, hearing on Resolution 20-144. _________________ To: Honolulu City Council Ikaika Anderson, Chair Ann Kobayashi, Vice chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe Kent, Executive vice president RE:

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Why we need to press ‘pause’ on the Honolulu rail project

Another year, another interview about Honolulu’s seriously troubled rail system — the problem that won’t go away! But for a change, we seem to be at a moment when hitting the “pause” button on the most expensive megaproject per capita in the world makes a lot of sense. Hawaii’s most

Read More →

27 alternatives to the Honolulu rail’s Plan A?

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii in late April obtained a previously secret document from the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation showing the city agency has analyzed 27 alternatives to its current plan for its troubled rail project. Now the document is being discussed community-wide, with veteran journalist Catherine Cruz of Hawaii

Read More →

What’s the latest on Oahu’s troubled rail project?

The future of Honolulu’s troubled rail project was the topic of a May 9, 2021, interview of Keli’i Akina by radio Johnny Miro of H. Hawaii Media. The interview, heard on Oahu stations 101.1 FM, 101.5 FM, 107.5 FM, 97.1 FM, 96.7 FM and 103.9 FM, followed the release of a secret Honolulu

Read More →

HART needs to quit being so secretive

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for May 7, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-864-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ______________ For years, Hawaii citizens have been asking the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation to

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HART officials looking at 27 possible rail changes

Photo courtesy of HART The following is a news release issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on April 30, 2021. ____________ Funding worries have forced the Honolulu transit agency to consider alternatives to its original plan, newly released documents show   HONOLULU, April 30, 2021 >> The Honolulu Authority

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Honolulu rail a ‘political project’ that’s ready for a remake

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for April 16, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-864-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ____________ When will Hawaii’s leadership acknowledge that it’s time for new thinking on the Honolulu

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‘Perfect storm’ for rail an opportunity, HART board member says

During Keli‘i Akina”s “Hawaii Together” program on Monday, Joe Uno of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation candidly explained why he thinks the way-behind-schedule Honolulu rail project is ready for a new direction. Echoing a point he made recently in a commentary in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Uno urged that HART consider a “Plan C” for the

Read More →

Rail and Bill 80 represent old way of thinking

I’ve been saying that Hawaii’s policymakers need to respond to the economic impact of the COVID-19 lockdowns with bold ideas. I should have clarified that by “bold ideas” I meant new thinking, not the relentless pursuit of the same old big government policies. In other words, instead of continuing the same

Read More →

‘Panos’ estimates rail cost to reach at least $13 billion

Honolulu’s overbudget and behind-schedule rail system continues to climb in cost, and now probably will cost at least $13 billion by the time it is finished, according to University of Hawaii civil engineering professor Panos Prevedouros. Prevedouros was the guest on the latest episode of Keili’i Akina’s “Hawaii Together” on

Read More →

Honolulu can’t afford to borrow more for rail, Grassroot Institute says

The following is testimony submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Honolulu City Council at its July 8, 2020, hearing on Resolution 20-144. _________________ To: Honolulu City Council Ikaika Anderson, Chair Ann Kobayashi, Vice chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe Kent, Executive vice president RE:

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