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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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Self-driving cars another nail in rail’s coffin

Self-driving cars are just around the corner for America, but as we begin to embrace the future, Honolulu’s over-budget and behind-schedule rail project is firmly stuck in the past. Automated vehicles are expected to become the norm in the United States within the next decade. The market research firm RethinX estimates that

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Akina rides again with ‘Perry & the Posse’

Hawaii radio personality Michael W. Perry once again hosted Keli‘i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, on his popular KSSK show “Perry & The Posse.” Introducing Akina on his morning show this past Thursday, May 2, as “one of the people you probably agree with more than not,”

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#AuditTheRail finally on track!

The Honolulu rail is now famous, but for all the wrong reasons. The question is: “What we are going to do about it?” With the project under federal investigation, news outlets around the country are writing about it, using words like “debacle” and “boondoggle.” Here at home, the state auditor complained about

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#AuditTheRail finds champion in Heidi Tsuyenoshi

It’s been a long time coming, but thanks to new Honolulu City Council member Heidi Tsuneyoshi, representing District 2, it’s finally going to get done: a forensic audit of the city’s wildly over-budget and behind-schedule rail project. Tsuneyoshi met with Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli‘i Akina on Monday to discuss

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Akina pans HART’s P3 plan in Star-Advertiser

The following is an excerpt from an article that appeared Sunday, March 17, in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, “Federal investigation, funding issues increase risk for rail bidders.” It features comments by Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina, who was interviewed by reporter Kevin Dayton.  ___________________ … HART [Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation]

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Other states show we can hold rail accountable

Across the country, people are getting fed up with large, expensive public works projects that siphon away taxpayer funds. In January, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo canceled a plan years in the making that would have shut down New York City’s L Train for tunnel repairs. Instead, he opted for a substantially

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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

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:

Read More →

Self-driving cars another nail in rail’s coffin

Self-driving cars are just around the corner for America, but as we begin to embrace the future, Honolulu’s over-budget and behind-schedule rail project is firmly stuck in the past. Automated vehicles are expected to become the norm in the United States within the next decade. The market research firm RethinX estimates that

Read More →

Akina rides again with ‘Perry & the Posse’

Hawaii radio personality Michael W. Perry once again hosted Keli‘i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, on his popular KSSK show “Perry & The Posse.” Introducing Akina on his morning show this past Thursday, May 2, as “one of the people you probably agree with more than not,”

Read More →

#AuditTheRail finally on track!

The Honolulu rail is now famous, but for all the wrong reasons. The question is: “What we are going to do about it?” With the project under federal investigation, news outlets around the country are writing about it, using words like “debacle” and “boondoggle.” Here at home, the state auditor complained about

Read More →

#AuditTheRail finds champion in Heidi Tsuyenoshi

It’s been a long time coming, but thanks to new Honolulu City Council member Heidi Tsuneyoshi, representing District 2, it’s finally going to get done: a forensic audit of the city’s wildly over-budget and behind-schedule rail project. Tsuneyoshi met with Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli‘i Akina on Monday to discuss

Read More →

Akina pans HART’s P3 plan in Star-Advertiser

The following is an excerpt from an article that appeared Sunday, March 17, in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, “Federal investigation, funding issues increase risk for rail bidders.” It features comments by Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina, who was interviewed by reporter Kevin Dayton.  ___________________ … HART [Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation]

Read More →

Other states show we can hold rail accountable

Across the country, people are getting fed up with large, expensive public works projects that siphon away taxpayer funds. In January, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo canceled a plan years in the making that would have shut down New York City’s L Train for tunnel repairs. Instead, he opted for a substantially

Read More →