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Rickrolling Rail

Honolulu Civil Beat has an interesting editorial about the Honolulu rail project, the 20-station, 21-mile elevated steel-on-steel project now being built at a cost that was first projected at about $3.8 billion, and at last count is somewhere in the $8 – $11 billion range. The editorial, “Honolulu Rail: City Needs

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Mythbusting HART, Part 2

Last week we took a look at the HART website where it took issue with our estimate that the surcharge was costing us all an average of $200 per person annually. Today we take a look at another vexing question: With all this money coming in to fund the train,

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Mythbusting HART, Part 1

With all of the recent discussion about HART and the Honolulu rail project, there have been quite a few assertions that people have been playing fast and loose with facts.  Some of the statements made by the Foundation have been part of this discussion, so we will examine some of

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Rail: From Expensive to Really Expensive

New estimates from the Federal Transit Administration peg the potential cost of the Hawaii rail project at nearly $11 billion, more than double the $4.6 billion cost which voters approved in the 2008 rail referendum. To get the full story behind these cost overruns, Grassroot Institute analyst Matthew Reade spoke

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No end in sight for Hawaii rail spending

by Matthew Reade This spring, the New York Times published a story about the Hawaii state rail project entitled “Hawaii Struggles to Keep Rail Project from Becoming a Boondoggle.” But with the project now set to cost more than twice the state’s initial projections and no plan to offset the

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No End In Sight to Rising Rail Costs

In 2008 the rail was estimated to cost $4.6 billion. In 2010 some estimates reached $7.2 billion. Today, the rail is estimated at $8.1 billion, with no end to added costs in sight. “For so many things to come out at this pretty late stage… is very unusual,” said Thomas

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Rickrolling Rail

Honolulu Civil Beat has an interesting editorial about the Honolulu rail project, the 20-station, 21-mile elevated steel-on-steel project now being built at a cost that was first projected at about $3.8 billion, and at last count is somewhere in the $8 – $11 billion range. The editorial, “Honolulu Rail: City Needs

Read More →

Mythbusting HART, Part 2

Last week we took a look at the HART website where it took issue with our estimate that the surcharge was costing us all an average of $200 per person annually. Today we take a look at another vexing question: With all this money coming in to fund the train,

Read More →

Mythbusting HART, Part 1

With all of the recent discussion about HART and the Honolulu rail project, there have been quite a few assertions that people have been playing fast and loose with facts.  Some of the statements made by the Foundation have been part of this discussion, so we will examine some of

Read More →

Rail: From Expensive to Really Expensive

New estimates from the Federal Transit Administration peg the potential cost of the Hawaii rail project at nearly $11 billion, more than double the $4.6 billion cost which voters approved in the 2008 rail referendum. To get the full story behind these cost overruns, Grassroot Institute analyst Matthew Reade spoke

Read More →

No end in sight for Hawaii rail spending

by Matthew Reade This spring, the New York Times published a story about the Hawaii state rail project entitled “Hawaii Struggles to Keep Rail Project from Becoming a Boondoggle.” But with the project now set to cost more than twice the state’s initial projections and no plan to offset the

Read More →

No End In Sight to Rising Rail Costs

In 2008 the rail was estimated to cost $4.6 billion. In 2010 some estimates reached $7.2 billion. Today, the rail is estimated at $8.1 billion, with no end to added costs in sight. “For so many things to come out at this pretty late stage… is very unusual,” said Thomas

Read More →