All posts tagged: Rail Construction

Local Attorney Makes Compelling Argument for Rail to Ala Moana

  Attorney Dennis Hwang offers a well reasoned argument as to why we need to build the rail to Ala Moana. Voices like his need to be heard and I’m happy to share this article with our readers. [Photo Info: The photo above is from the groundbreaking ceremony held in February 2011 and pictures Senator Daniel Akaka and the late Senator Daniel Inouye. Senator Inouye was a true champion of the project and his steady voice remains with us as we push forward. Photo courtesy of HART] “Should Honolulu build a $7 billion dollar rail system that stops at Middle Street, has perhaps half the ridership originally planned for and is a drain to operate? Lost riders include those from Leeward or Central Oahu who could get to downtown, Chinatown,or Ala Moana quicker by car or by bus rather than rail and then another bus at Middle Street. Airport tourists would hesitate to ride the rail to Middle Street, but might if it went to Ala Moana. Lost would be thousands of tourists and townies at …

HART and TOD News Round up 1st Quarter 2016

It has been a remarkably busy three months since the beginning of the year. We broke ground on six stations in the East Kapolei to Waipahu corridor and the first four rail cars were delivered on-island. And, we finished the balanced cantilever aka the fly over of the H1 H2 merge – a very cool time lapse video of the construction can be seen here. Meanwhile, DPP-TOD presented the Ala Moana Neighborhood Final Draft to the public in early March. The notes and presentation from the meeting – this is a must-read for anyone interested in this area and what the plans are moving forward. A round up of news stories of particular note are below in chronological order. RAIL TAX EXTENSION The Honolulu City Council passed a bill extending the 0.5 percent surcharge on Hawaii’s 4 percent general excise tax until 2027 for the city’s rail transit project. News out just in the past day or two indicates this may not be enough to keep up with rising construction costs. If you follow real …

Rail and TOD News Update

Rail Construction Update The Rail Operations Center aka ROC is  80% complete. This complex is comprised of several buildings including the Operation Services Building (OSB), Maintenance of Way (MOW), Wheel Truing Building (WTB) and Train Wash Facility (TWF). A close look at the photo shows the tracks in place for moving the cars in and out of the ROC. With the expected arrival of the first rail cars early next year, it is good news that this facility will be ready to receive the cars. Other progress was noted during September’s HART Board meeting. A quick rundown shows the following percentage of completion along the route: West Oahu Farrington Guideway 71.7% Kamehameha Guideway Physical Construction 39.6% Airport Utilities Physical Construction 16.8% Airport Seven Piers 100% (an interesting side note to this item is some forward thinking on the part of HART and the contractor to coordinate this construction with the State Department of Transportation’s work on the new long-term parking facility.) Notice to Proceed (NTP) has been issued and ground breaking ceremonies will be scheduled …