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Time to get real about rail

Photo by Charley Myers Boundless optimism may be a great trait in a friend, but it’s not what you need when you’re dealing with billion-dollar projects and long-term cost projections. From the beginning, the folks in charge of the Honolulu rail project have been relentlessly sunny in their projections. It

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Institute warns federal agency about HART’s dubious rail recovery plan

The transit agency is trying to squeeze $744 million more from the FTA so it can finish its over-budget, behind-schedule project The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii submitted a letter this week to the Federal Transit Administration urging it to view with “extreme skepticism” the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation’s 2022 Recovery Plan.

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Why Panos Prevedouros left Hawaii

The state is at risk of a major natural catastrophe, he says, and its “suicidal” energy policy will just make everything worse Hawaii’s policy mandate to go to 100% renewable energy is nothing short of suicidal. That was the message of Panos Prevedouros, former chairman of the University of Hawaii civil

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Questions persist about viability of Honolulu rail

Photo by Charley Myers At this point, the one thing we can rely on concerning the Honolulu rail project is the long list of unanswered questions. Among them: >> How much will it really cost? >> How will we pay for its future operations and maintenance? >> Will it ever

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Major questions still bedevil Honolulu rail

So what’s going on with the Honolulu rail, the construction of which began in 2012? It is over budget and behind schedule, barely two-thirds completed, threatening major havoc as its construction nears the city center, unlikely to meet its latest cost projections and time tables, and its future funding sources

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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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Time to get real about rail

Photo by Charley Myers Boundless optimism may be a great trait in a friend, but it’s not what you need when you’re dealing with billion-dollar projects and long-term cost projections. From the beginning, the folks in charge of the Honolulu rail project have been relentlessly sunny in their projections. It

Read More →

Institute warns federal agency about HART’s dubious rail recovery plan

The transit agency is trying to squeeze $744 million more from the FTA so it can finish its over-budget, behind-schedule project The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii submitted a letter this week to the Federal Transit Administration urging it to view with “extreme skepticism” the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation’s 2022 Recovery Plan.

Read More →

Why Panos Prevedouros left Hawaii

The state is at risk of a major natural catastrophe, he says, and its “suicidal” energy policy will just make everything worse Hawaii’s policy mandate to go to 100% renewable energy is nothing short of suicidal. That was the message of Panos Prevedouros, former chairman of the University of Hawaii civil

Read More →

Questions persist about viability of Honolulu rail

Photo by Charley Myers At this point, the one thing we can rely on concerning the Honolulu rail project is the long list of unanswered questions. Among them: >> How much will it really cost? >> How will we pay for its future operations and maintenance? >> Will it ever

Read More →

Major questions still bedevil Honolulu rail

So what’s going on with the Honolulu rail, the construction of which began in 2012? It is over budget and behind schedule, barely two-thirds completed, threatening major havoc as its construction nears the city center, unlikely to meet its latest cost projections and time tables, and its future funding sources

Read More →

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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PETITION: Exempt medical services from Hawaii's excise tax!

To the Hawaii Legislature:

Hawaii families face skyrocketing healthcare costs and a shortage of doctors. Exempting medical services from Hawaii’s general excise tax would result in millions of dollars in savings for residents and help bring doctors back.

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