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Honolulu’s Skyline rail ridership still paltry, cost now $72 each

Skyline’s average daily ridership since opening in July is 3,100 Despite opening to much fanfare this summer, Honolulu’s over-budget, behind-schedule Honolulu rail project, aka Skyline, has not attracted anywhere near the ridership numbers that city officials had hoped for. Of course, the transit system is only about half completed, with

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Kent recommends applying lessons of Iniki to Lahaina

The subject of how cumbersome regulations are threatening the timely rebuilding of Lahaina after the devastating fires in August was among topics discussed by Joe Kent and radio host Rick Hamada on Thursday, Nov. 16, on KHVH NewsRadio 830. “When the community is ready to rebuild, will they suddenly face

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Lahaina fire lawsuits hamstring release of information, apologies

As government officials look to rebuild in the aftermath of the Lahaina fire, Joe Kent, executive vice president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, said protecting landowners’ property rights should be their top priority.  Kent told radio host Rick Hamada on NewsRadio 830 KHVH last week that “everyone got nervous”

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Has HART gone off the rails again?

When will the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation learn that a lack of openness undermines public trust in the rail? HART has been dogged by questions about transparency and accountability for years. We’ve witnessed the agency’s seeming reluctance to conduct a forensic audit, confusion over the status of the Federal

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Housing proclamation raises ‘questions galore,’ Kent says

Question marks galore. That’s how Joe Kent, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii executive vice president, described Gov. Josh Green’s recent housing proclamation during his latest visit to the Rick Hamada Program on KHVH News Radio 830.  Kent said that given Hawaii’s status as the most regulated housing market in the nation,

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National expert on Honolulu rail: ‘I hope its future is short’

Brace yourself for a scathing assessment of Honolulu’s new “Skyline” rail project. National rail expert Randal O’Toole, author of “Romance of the Rails: Why the Passenger Trains We Love Are Not the Transportation We Need,” spoke on July 17 with Joe Kent, executive vice president of the Grassroot Institute of

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Institute’s rail release becomes talk of the town

The finding that Honolulu’s rail is costing $54 per passenger creates a splash on radio, television and in the newspapers Local media and Honolulu policymakers reacted quickly last week to news from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii that it likely will cost about $54 per passenger to operate the partially

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Kent questions wisdom of running half-completed rail

The first segment of the Honolulu rail opened for service just last month, but Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Executive Vice President Joe Kent says it may be time to shut it down — at least for now.  In a conversation that aired on Monday, Kent explained to Hawaii Public Radio’s

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Skyline’s $54 per passenger operating cost highest in U.S.

Source: American Public Transportation Association The following is a news release that was issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on July 13, 2023. ___________ “Taxpayers are already paying an enormous amount to build the project, but now are paying even more to run it nearly empty” HONOLULU, July 13,

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What the Honolulu rail has taught us

Photo by Charley Myers After years of delay, the Honolulu rail is finally open. Well, partly anyway. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that more than 71,000 people took advantage of the five days of free rides that marked the opening of the first 11 miles of the rail, officially named Skyline.

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Honolulu’s Skyline rail ridership still paltry, cost now $72 each

Skyline’s average daily ridership since opening in July is 3,100 Despite opening to much fanfare this summer, Honolulu’s over-budget, behind-schedule Honolulu rail project, aka Skyline, has not attracted anywhere near the ridership numbers that city officials had hoped for. Of course, the transit system is only about half completed, with

Read More →

Kent recommends applying lessons of Iniki to Lahaina

The subject of how cumbersome regulations are threatening the timely rebuilding of Lahaina after the devastating fires in August was among topics discussed by Joe Kent and radio host Rick Hamada on Thursday, Nov. 16, on KHVH NewsRadio 830. “When the community is ready to rebuild, will they suddenly face

Read More →

Lahaina fire lawsuits hamstring release of information, apologies

As government officials look to rebuild in the aftermath of the Lahaina fire, Joe Kent, executive vice president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, said protecting landowners’ property rights should be their top priority.  Kent told radio host Rick Hamada on NewsRadio 830 KHVH last week that “everyone got nervous”

Read More →

Has HART gone off the rails again?

When will the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation learn that a lack of openness undermines public trust in the rail? HART has been dogged by questions about transparency and accountability for years. We’ve witnessed the agency’s seeming reluctance to conduct a forensic audit, confusion over the status of the Federal

Read More →

Housing proclamation raises ‘questions galore,’ Kent says

Question marks galore. That’s how Joe Kent, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii executive vice president, described Gov. Josh Green’s recent housing proclamation during his latest visit to the Rick Hamada Program on KHVH News Radio 830.  Kent said that given Hawaii’s status as the most regulated housing market in the nation,

Read More →

National expert on Honolulu rail: ‘I hope its future is short’

Brace yourself for a scathing assessment of Honolulu’s new “Skyline” rail project. National rail expert Randal O’Toole, author of “Romance of the Rails: Why the Passenger Trains We Love Are Not the Transportation We Need,” spoke on July 17 with Joe Kent, executive vice president of the Grassroot Institute of

Read More →

Institute’s rail release becomes talk of the town

The finding that Honolulu’s rail is costing $54 per passenger creates a splash on radio, television and in the newspapers Local media and Honolulu policymakers reacted quickly last week to news from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii that it likely will cost about $54 per passenger to operate the partially

Read More →

Kent questions wisdom of running half-completed rail

The first segment of the Honolulu rail opened for service just last month, but Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Executive Vice President Joe Kent says it may be time to shut it down — at least for now.  In a conversation that aired on Monday, Kent explained to Hawaii Public Radio’s

Read More →

Skyline’s $54 per passenger operating cost highest in U.S.

Source: American Public Transportation Association The following is a news release that was issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on July 13, 2023. ___________ “Taxpayers are already paying an enormous amount to build the project, but now are paying even more to run it nearly empty” HONOLULU, July 13,

Read More →

What the Honolulu rail has taught us

Photo by Charley Myers After years of delay, the Honolulu rail is finally open. Well, partly anyway. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that more than 71,000 people took advantage of the five days of free rides that marked the opening of the first 11 miles of the rail, officially named Skyline.

Read More →