I knew it was only a mater of time, before the Honolulu Transit Authority would start destroying businesses. In Aiea in order to make room for the transit station the city has purchased a strip mall and told the tenants they have to get out.
In large part it appears some of the tenants have found new locations, while others are stuck between a rock and a hard place. Having tried myself to find affordable business space to lease, I understand these business owners plights. While the city has agreed to pay some moving cost you and I know it is not always that simple.
As time goes on we will see more small businesses destroyed and more heart ache. Which in turn will likely cost jobs. The city should give those business owners being displaced first shot at renting commercial business space around and in the transit stations.
But knowing Hawaii you will likely have to know someone to have a shot at those lucrative locations. See more at the Star Advertiser Site.
Wow two big court cases in one day. Apple wipes the floor with Samsung, and The Hawaii Supreme Court smacks down the City/State for not following the rules.
The Hawaii Supreme Court ruled that a state agency violated its rules by approving the rail project before an archaeological survey was completed for the 20-mile rail route. In what will ultimately result in a all work stop order.
The court found that the law governing the State Historic Preservation Division prevents the division from approving the rail project until the city finishes the survey of the construction route to ensure that no Native Hawaiian burial grounds or other archeological issues are on the rail route.
The law itself is pretty clear and states that all of the archeological surveys must be done prior to construction, not during construction. You would think the current Mayor and Hart administrators would have better legal counsel.
This will ultimately result in the city loosing more money, as contractors are now going to stop work, and clauses in their contracts will force the city to pay millions in penalties for the delay. How long this will delay continued construction is anyone’s guess, but If I were a gambling man it will likely be a long time before the city will be able to start work again.
One thing for sure we are now flushing millions of dollars down the drain for every attempt of the rail transit authority and the city to bypass the rules and laws of the State of Hawaii.
This is a great video on the recent court hearing that was held by North Circuit Judge Teshima who heard the Federal Lawsuit Case against Honolulu Rail
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One of the goals of this site will be to get some great pictures of the building of the rail. This will allow all Hawaii residents who do not make it out to the West Side to get a look at the Hawaii Rail Project.
For a frame of reference where I shot this picture the new University of Hawaii campus here in Kapolei is about 1/2 of a mile behind me. So the question is, will the rail get close enough to the campus to allow students to commute in from Pearl City via rail or will they have to walk so far that they will just drive their cars.
There are considerable resources available to review the Honolulu Rail Transit Project. Whether you are for against Rail in Hawaii we want to provide links to rail news and commentary from around the state. This will help you become better informed about Hawaii Rail.
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The rail lawsuit is headed to court today with plaintiffs former Governor Ben Cayetano and UH Professor Randy Roth & Cliff Slater for a initial head to head battle with the city.
The team contends the city did not look at other alternatives. Personally, I do not understand why they did not look at adding additional lanes to H1, after all they are going to have to seize land and probably destroy businesses under imminent domain seizures with the rail construction already so why not fix the highway system where the issue really lays..
The City and County of Honolulu and the FTA are set to defend the lawsuit. While the hearing today will likely not result in an immediate ruling, we could see one in a couple of weeks.
The plaintiffs are hoping to get an injunction to stop the rail construction from proceeding any further than it has already. Time will tell how this legal action will work out, but I fully expect this to be a long fought battle.
Hawaii Rail News will be launching in the coming weeks with news & media coverage of the rail build / fight in Hawaii. We hope to offer straight forward coverage of what is really happening with Rail in Hawaii not what the PR agencies are promoting at the cities behalf.
The goal of Hawaii Rail News will be to watch how your tax payer dollars are being spent, impacts to the environment, community, commute. We plan on covering the rail construction extensively, and examining just who in Hawaii and the mainland is benefiting from rail construction.
We will cover both sides of the story those pro and foe, to keep the general public informed on how this is going to impact Oahu.
We will be looking at all aspects of the build, political fight, court rulings and will have interactive events where the public can ask hard questions about the rail system.