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Old April 18th, 2015, 02:41 AM   #281
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Now You Can Watch HART Meetings In Your Pajamas
After urging from Honolulu City Councilman Trevor Ozawa, the rail agency struck a deal with Olelo Community Media to broadcast live meetings.


HART will join other government agencies in broadcasting its meetings through Olelo Community Media.
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APRIL 16, 2015
By NICK GRUBE

[...] Last month, Honolulu City Councilman Trevor Ozawa pushed a resolution to boost transparency for the cityís $6 billion rail project.

Specifically, he called on the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation to broadcast itís board meetings online or through public access stations.

On Thursday, the city announced Olelo Community Media will begin airing HART meetings starting next week. [...]
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Old April 18th, 2015, 06:47 AM   #282
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This article is from January, but it might be an interesting to read...
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What Can We Do About the Rail? Nothing. Tackle Traffic Congestion!
Given Hawaii's political and decision-making reality, there's no point fighting rail. But we should fight for traffic congestion solutions.

JANUARY 29, 2015
By PANOS PREVEDOUROS

Various groups are energized and urge me and each other to do something about stopping Honolulu’s rail project. The recent commotion has been brought about by (1) the large delays; the project is roughly three years behind schedule because the city did a poor job with the archaeological inventory and then deliberately delayed and obstructed the two lawsuits; (2) the revelations last December that the project is already about $900 million over budget, and (3) the City Ethics Commission’s investigation on the non-disclosure of rail project related gifts to five City Council Members, which could potentially reverse some important pro-rail votes and approvals.

So what can be done about stopping the rail project now? Nothing, other than holding HART and the City accountable for project expenditures.

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Read full article here: http://www.civilbeat.com/2015/01/wha...ic-congestion/

One of the documents is a slideshow created by Panos that the article links to. It talks about his own ideas about how the city should tackle the traffic problem. I may not agree with them, but its interesting overall.
Here: http://www4.eng.hawaii.edu/~panos/20.Minutes.pdf
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Old April 18th, 2015, 09:37 AM   #283
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I've been a long time rail supporter but this really bothers me to see cracks appearing in the guideway.

I guess its good they are discovering this early on, but if it turns out that most of the current guideway currently built was done in a shoddy manner, it could be a deathblow to the entire project. This sort of stuff shows that the local workers don't have the proper skill set to build a project of this magnitude. If they can't even properly build the guideway then I wonder how successful they will be at the thermite welding process when it comes to joining the rails.

Stories like this give so much ammunition to the opposition. I'm beginning to wonder if this project will ever be finished in my lifetime(I'm only 27).
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Old April 18th, 2015, 01:31 PM   #284
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Damn, just watched that video. The crack is only part of the problem: the cracked segment is out of square by what looks like several inches, too. It looks as though one segment was so badly misfabricated that it cracked under stress, and the crack continued into the adjacent segment.

Don't they have, you know... inspectors?
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Old April 19th, 2015, 12:06 AM   #285
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Crack for span 17 was identified by HART in HART March 2015 Monthly Report, which is available to the public and news reporters. Per report, cause of damage is "During the erection process of Span 17, segments 17‐1, 17‐2, 17‐11 and 17‐12 were damaged due to unbalanced support from the temporary bearings.". Cause of crack appears to be due to temporary equipment vice quality of material.

Note span 67, which was damaged last year due to similar temporary equipment problem, was recently de-stressed, segments replaced, re-stressed and jacked back in place (based on observations from afar and falsework).

It appears news report is just for sensation

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Old April 19th, 2015, 05:55 PM   #286
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Old April 21st, 2015, 02:59 AM   #287
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It appears news report is just for sensation
The bottom of the segment to the right of the column is several inches/centimeters lower than the one to the left, and the trackbed is so out of level that the noise barrier ended up as a parallelogram instead of a rectangle as on the adjacent and nearby segments. Even that wasn't enough to keep the width of the joint at the noise barrier from becoming visibly wider at the top. To me, this looks as ****ed up as a football bat, even if there wasn't a crack. Can people seriously not see anything wrong here?

I'm no engineer, but as badly misfabricated as that segment was, it's no freaking wonder that it cracked.
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Old April 21st, 2015, 04:21 AM   #288
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Well, at least none of the other spans are like that currently, so hopefully they'll fix it once they finish the replacements.
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Old April 21st, 2015, 08:45 AM   #289
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just hope for the best and prepare for the worst.

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Old April 21st, 2015, 08:12 PM   #290
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The span on the left is offset by temporary bearings. Both spans has temporary bearings. The span on the right is a transition segment for a wider guideway to house the rails crossover. Some of the spans adjacent to North-South road has permanent bearings installed. Example of temporary bearings are the straddle bent and c-bent columns along Old Farrington Hwy to allow underslung trusses clearance over column structure.

My question: Was it cost effective for Kiewit, the primary contractor, to move the underslung trusses as oppose to replacing the various segments with an approximately 2 weeks delay for guideway span installation, or repair via falsework similar to Span 67 as guideway span installation moves forward.
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Old April 22nd, 2015, 10:33 PM   #291
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The trackbed must be higher on the outer edge of the curve, and lower inside the curve, to allow a higher speed and less noise. One metro line designed without this provision is Canada line in Vancouver, which is making way more noise and is less comfortable in curves then the other two line.

So basically, trackbed in curves level aligned is bad design, while trackbed inclined towards interior of the curve is good design.
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Old April 22nd, 2015, 11:28 PM   #292
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Today on CivilBeat:
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Civil Beat Poll: Most Voters Oppose Honolulu Rail Tax Extension

A majority of Oahu voters also opposes the $6 billion project in general, but support is greater on the neighbor islands.

APRIL 22, 2015
By NICK GRUBE

Most Honolulu voters donít want lawmakers to extend Oahuís 0.5 percent general excise tax surcharge to help pay for the cityís cash-strapped 20-mile commuter rail line planned from East Kapolei to Ala Moana Center, according to the latest Civil Beat poll results.

And half of those polled on Oahu still have negative feelings overall about the $6 billion project thatís struggling financially due to lower-than-expected tax collections, higher-than anticipated construction costs and legal expenses related to lawsuits.

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Don't know how reliable this poll is.
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Old April 23rd, 2015, 12:50 AM   #293
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Can't they use some Real Estate taxes or Tourism revenue to fund the Project?
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Old April 23rd, 2015, 02:20 AM   #294
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The span on the left is offset by temporary bearings. Both spans has temporary bearings. The span on the right is a transition segment for a wider guideway to house the rails crossover.
My bad, then, I guess, though it still doesn't look right.

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My question: Was it cost effective for Kiewit, the primary contractor, to move the underslung trusses as oppose to replacing the various segments with an approximately 2 weeks delay for guideway span installation, or repair via falsework similar to Span 67 as guideway span installation moves forward.
I'm sure there was some debate over that.

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The trackbed must be higher on the outer edge of the curve, and lower inside the curve, to allow a higher speed and less noise. One metro line designed without this provision is Canada line in Vancouver, which is making way more noise and is less comfortable in curves then the other two line.

So basically, trackbed in curves level aligned is bad design, while trackbed inclined towards interior of the curve is good design.
Uh, back in the '80's I worked on MARTA, including installing the track pads that allow the railbed to be superelevated without superelevating the entire structure. The technology is extremely mature.
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Old April 24th, 2015, 06:05 AM   #295
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Honolulu rail agency collects $65M in tax revenue in Q1, 16% more than expected

Apr 23, 2015, 2:33pm HST
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The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation received $65 million in general excise and use tax surcharge revenue during the first quarter, approximately $9 million, or 16 percent, above its projections.

The money will be used for the construction of Honoluluís rail project.

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Rail project receives $65 million in excise tax revenue for construction

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Published: April 23, 2015, 1:33 pm
Updated: April 23, 2015, 1:34 pm

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation reports Thursday it received $65 million in general excise and use tax (GET) surcharge revenue this past quarter for construction of the Honolulu rail project.

GET surcharge revenue for the quarter running from January to March of this year was about $9 million above projections for the quarter based on the projectís financial plan.

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Old April 25th, 2015, 07:23 AM   #296
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Work on Rail Tax Compromise Moves Behind Closed Doors
State lawmakers must craft a deal during conference committee to extend the GET surcharge for rail if the $6 billion project is to continue as planned.

APRIL 23, 2015
By NICK GRUBE

State lawmakers are divided on how best to bail out Honoluluís over-budget and underfunded commuter rail project that, when completed, will be the nationís first fully driverless transit system.

On Tuesday, leading members of the House and Senate finance and transportation committees met for the first time to discuss how the two sides will come to terms on a bill to extend the general excise tax surcharge for rail.

Currently, the project relies on a 0.5 percent GET surcharge on Oahu to pay for the project. But city officials say that wonít provide enough money by the time the surcharge expires in 2022 to build the full 20-mile system from Kapolei to Ala Moana Center because revenues are coming up short and costs have increased more than expected.

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Old April 25th, 2015, 07:25 AM   #297
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Rail contract award protest creates delays
By Kristine Uyeno
Published: April 23, 2015, 7:26 pm
Updated: April 23, 2015, 9:20 pm

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportationís plan to save money on the over-budget rail project is leading to even longer delays.

KHON2 has learned that a contractor hoping to get part of the work is fighting the decision to give it to another company.

HART initially wanted separate contracts to build each of the first nine rail stations on Oahu. But plans were scrapped last year when the bids came in much higher than expected.

So to save money, HART combined the jobs. Companies bid on a contract covering multiple rail stations along Farrington Highway.

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Old April 27th, 2015, 05:12 AM   #298
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Extent of Rail's Influence a Mystery
The mayor has received thousands of dollars in donations from rail subcontractors, whose spending on the project in mostly untracked

By Marcel Honorť and Dana Williams
Sunday 4/26/15

Hundreds ó possibly thousands ó of subcontractors are profiting from work on Oahu's rail transit project and many donate significant campaign dollars to leaders championing the project, but rail officials aren't required to track most of those firms or how much they're spending.

A Honolulu Star-Advertiser analysis of the rail project's 145 known subcontractors, using a list compiled mostly through voluntary reporting, found that employees or principals from that group donated nearly a quarter of a million dollars in the past five years to Mayor Kirk Caldwell, arguably rail's strongest and most outspoken political advocate.

Their $242,617 in donations between 2010 and 2014 represented more than 6 percent of Caldwell's total donations for that period.

Those subcontractors represent a fraction of the total "subs" working on the rail project. The total number isn't known.

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Pearl Kai businesses voice concern about rail construction


By Jai Cunningham
Published: April 27, 2015, 6:39 am
Updated: April 27, 2015, 8:28 am

A rally at the Pearl Kai Shopping Center as tenants there plan to show their unhappiness with the Honolulu Rail project.

HART informed the businesses there that it plans to close the westbound left turn lane access from Kamehameha highway.

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Making a Deal on Rail Without All the Answers
Voters are opposed, big questions remain unanswered, but lawmakers move ever closer to a compromise funding rail for years into the future. Time to hit the brakes.

APRIL 27, 2015
By THE CIVIL BEAT EDITORIAL BOARD

The latest Civil Beat poll results on Honolulu rail, released last week, reflect continued antipathy toward the project: Fifty percent of respondents donít support rail, while 43 percent do. Thatís hardly a surprise. In nine Civil Beat polls dating back to February 2012, rail has never received majority support.

Though 43 percent support is the highest from any of the nine polls (8 percent higher than last fall), opposition remains largely consistent with previous polls. The new numbers come on the heels of the worst glut of news coverage the rail project has had since its inception ó high-profile stories justifiably focusing on cost overruns totaling nearly $1 billion, sharp criticism from state legislators and Honolulu City Council members and citizen protests at public hearings.

More than anything, the poll results seem a collective sigh of exasperation for a massive public works project that is exhausting the patience of taxpayers, not to mention the lawmakers keeping it in business.

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