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Old April 10th, 2016, 02:04 PM   #521
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When will the power plant needed for the system start construction and where will it be located?
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Old April 10th, 2016, 10:53 PM   #523
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When will the power plant needed for the system start construction and where will it be located?
Unfortunately nobody knows. HART and HECO (Hawaiian Electric Company) are still debating over who pays for what. They will most likely have to a build a 30 to 50 MW plant to power the rail. I've heard that maybe they reactivate the old power plant downtown but it needs heavy upgrading and has been deactivated for quite some time. The most plausible scenario is they build it on the west side near Campbell industrial park. I've also heard/read talks about creating a separate utility company just to power HART. Nobody except HART, HECO, and City Officials really know, and they have kept these talks secret from the public. The power plant will most likely be powered by LNG, Oil, or Coal. It's kind of funny how the rail was advertised as being environmentally friendly, but its source of power wont be.
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Is there actually any other way of generating electricity in the state of Hawaii? Probably no nuclear and no big rivers to exploit either. Wind and solar might contribute, but at todays technology it can only be a small part...
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Well considering the best and worst thing about Hawaii is that it's an archipelago in the ocean, how about hydropower?
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Is there actually any other way of generating electricity in the state of Hawaii? Probably no nuclear and no big rivers to exploit either. Wind and solar might contribute, but at todays technology it can only be a small part...
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Well considering the best and worst thing about Hawaii is that it's an archipelago in the ocean, how about hydropower?
There is one local energy source Hawaii does have and its geothermal on the Big Island. There were plans several years ago to connect all the islands on a grid via subsea cables. However, that involves getting the other islands involved, and its a loser politically. People on Maui and Big Island aren't too fond of the idea of their islands being used to power Oahu's electricity needs. Despite there already being a small geothermal plant on Big Island, its a very controversial issue with the native Hawaiians on the big island and expanding it will take a while. More Hawaiians support geothermal than they did years ago but its a slow process to get the local community on board. I could see 20 to 30 years in the future all the island being connected via subsea cables but project costs and opposition on other islands make the project not feasible at the moment.

So, HART really can't depend on other islands for energy sources because it will slow the project down. Alternative Energy on Oahu isn't a reliable energy source and experimenting with new technologies will be expensive, slow down the project, and just add to the overall project cost. LNG, Oil, and Coal will be HART's best option. I really don't know what HART plans on doing for its electricity needs. Both HECO and HART haven't kept the public up to date on what their plans are. I'm sure something will be figured out but for now we can only guess.

Watching this entire project unfold has been interesting to say the least. Its been quite an educational experience. I'll keep you guys updated when more information is available.
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Old April 11th, 2016, 02:01 AM   #527
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Here are some photos of the new Joint Traffic Management Center (JMTC) being built. It will be the command center HART automated rail.

quoted from KHON2 (its old news, but its currently U/C)
Link: http://khon2.com/2015/04/29/ground-b...r-in-honolulu/

"When it opens, the JTMC will bring together six agencies to improve traffic management and public safety coordination on Oahu. The city’s Department of Transportation Services and the state’s Department of Transportation, police, fire and Emergency Medical Services, and the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) will all collaborate in real time to manage traffic during all traffic conditions from minor congestion to major incidents and events."

Here is a rendering of whats suppose to look like







Below are some photos I took today of the current construction

20160410_100716 by heyholliday!, on Flickr

20160410_100711 by heyholliday!, on Flickr

20160410_100707 by heyholliday!, on Flickr
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Old April 12th, 2016, 02:43 AM   #528
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Regarding the power plant, I believe that's an issue with the Maintenance and Storage site. The MSF site may require an additional HECO 46kV substation due to an internal Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) rule 13 (see latest HART March 2016 report). Definition of HECO rule 13: https://www.hawaiianelectric.com/Doc...c_rules/13.pdf .

Per various RFI guideway drawings, HART and PMOC reports, power traction sites will be powered by HECO at said sites vice a dedicated power plant or distributed generation. Latest HART March 2016 report (http://hartdocs.honolulu.gov/docusha...Collection-883) state MSF site (building) is already energized and new electrical service request in progress at guideway sites and stations. I don't believe any guideway power traction sites has been installed yet, only foundations by Kiewit.

Quote from HART March 2016 report:
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New Service Connections – HECO service requests are required for new electrical services for the MSF, Passenger Stations and Systems Sites (traction power facilities). The Passenger Station designers are providing the service request for the stations, and the Core Systems Contractor is providing the service request for the systems sites.
o MSF – Service request approved via receipt of HECO Final Cost Letter and HECO design drawings. Installation of the MSF service is complete; buildings are energized.
o Passenger Stations and Systems Sites – HECO service request reviews are in progress and approvals are anticipated for the west side stations and systems sites. HECO is working to finalize its designs and cost estimates.
Regardless, very murky view portrayed on powering and paying for the rail system whether inside of HART and the public/government.


Other comments: The military in Central Oahu will be building a power plant with other military locations reducing their risk to HECO (eg, microgrids).
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Old April 12th, 2016, 09:17 PM   #529
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From the EIS Chapter 4-Section 10:
The Project will consume approximately 1 to 2 percent of the total projected electricity generated on O‘ahu in 2030. According to HECO, the planned electricity generation capacity on O‘ahu will be sufficient to support the transit system, but the electricity distribution system will require various upgrades to support the system (HECO 2008).

My understanding on the electrical issue was that HECO would not build a new plant solely for the rail project as it did not change HECO's existing growth projections. The planning with HECO really revolved more around the number and location of substations and how to reduce theft/vandalism of the equipment.

IMO the issue is misunderstood by laymen and exaggerated by critics/opponents, but I could be wrong in my interpretation.
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Old April 17th, 2016, 03:57 AM   #530
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Old April 19th, 2016, 08:31 AM   #531
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As the project moves ahead there's been a lot of political drama and loud criticism again. Actually the arrival of the rail cars was almost the only good news that happened over the last two months.

Here's just to recap...

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HART Breaks New Ground but it Won't Help Rail Finish on Time
Posted: Mar 29, 2016 6:32 AM HST
Updated: Mar 29, 2016 6:32 AM HST
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The newest milestone in Oahu's Rail transit broke ground Monday. What is now dirt - set to be transformed into one of three rail stations that will comprise the West Oahu Station group.

"We now have six stations under construction and soon we'll have three that's 9-stations in the first 10-miles." says HART CEO Dan Grabauskas. "We've got seven miles of the first 10-mile guide way done right now."

Bridging the commute between thousands of residents in West Oahu and downtown will do more than just connect the islands five universities along the route. Mayor Kirk Caldwell says it could help keep Hawaii's unemployment rate at 2.7%.

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City Council chair calls for HART executives to resign
Posted: Apr 08, 2016 5:10 PM HST
Updated: Apr 08, 2016 5:16 PM HST
By Catherine Cruz

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It was all smiles when the first rail cars arrived in Honolulu. But, two weeks later no one's talking. That's because City Council chair Ernie Martin is calling on rail's top brass -- HART's board chair Don Horner and executive director Dan Grabauskas -- to resign.

Martin said after meeting with four HART board directors this week, he believes they are being kept in the dark about the true turn of events related to rising cost of rail.

"A change of leadership is necessary," said chairman Martin.

Martin's disturbed after learning that utility relocation on Dillingham isn't included on the current bid.

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Don Horner resigns as chair of HART’s board of directors


By Kristine Uyeno, Brent Remadna and Web Staff
Published: April 11, 2016, 12:09 pm
Updated: April 12, 2016, 11:37 am

Don Horner has resigned from his post as chair of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation’s board of directors, effective immediately.

He told KHON2 he made the decision after some “strong soul-searching.”

“I think when an individual becomes a distraction to a project of this magnitude, then clearly it’s time for that individual to step aside,” Horner said.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell accepted Horner’s resignation Monday morning.

In his letter, Horner wrote: “As you well know, the HART Board needs an effective and constructive working relationship with both the City Administration and with the City Council. Hopefully, by my departure, as the Council Chair promised, the communications and appreciation for the many accomplishments of the HART staff will indeed strengthen.”

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Article link here->http://khon2.com/2016/04/11/don-horner-of-hart-resigns/

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Massive, unresolved rail costs loom despite chair’s resignation


By Gina Mangieri
Published: April 11, 2016, 5:40 pm
Updated: April 11, 2016, 6:20 pm

Honolulu’s rail budget has ballooned over the years.

When the project began in 2008, it was estimated at $4 billion. In 2012, that number shot up to $5 billion, and then $5.2 billion two years later.

Currently, the project is $2.5 billion over its original budget at $6.5 billion.

So how realistic is that budget today? Many, including the project’s own federal monitor, expect a lot more surprises ahead.

The price tag and delays expected due to power issues pose what’s being called the biggest risk to the project, and more surprises with property buy-ups along the way have also surfaced.

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Rail audit released to City Council
Posted: Apr 15, 2016 12:34 PM HST
Updated: Apr 15, 2016 3:31 PM HST
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The audit on Honolulu's rail system was given to the City Council Friday.

Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation Executive Director Dan Grabauskas blasted the city audit calling the process flawed and factually incorrect. He also said he is upset that the audit was leaked before HART had a chance to respond.

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City audit calls HART’s finances, plans ‘outdated and unreliable’


By Kristine Uyeno, Gina Mangieri, Manolo Morales and Web Staff
Published: April 15, 2016, 12:20 pm
Updated: April 15, 2016, 6:34 pm

The Office of the City Auditor released its audit of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation to the Honolulu City Council Friday.

The 176-page document outlined multiple recommendations to HART on the rail project. Read the entire report online here.

The auditor called Honolulu’s rail finances and plans “outdated and unreliable as decision-making tools.”

An excerpt explains: “HART made concessions to a single contractor; did not perform quantitative analysis to justify a major decision to repackage a bid for nine stations in the Westside Stations Group; and paid $1.5 million in stipends to unsuccessful bidders without knowing the bidders’ actual costs. HART is also paying for vacant office space. Contract administration controls need to address invoice payments, procurement file documentation, and prevent improper payments.”

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This is just a small update on a few observations seen recently.

- The repaving of Farrington highway at the ends were done recently this month. So far they've repaved the road at the Waipahu High School end as well as the stretch where the guideway first meets Farrington all the way to Don Quijote.

- Third rails haven been seen installed around the depot. They appear to be the ones where the pick up shoe is under the rail.

- Not much in station construction yet in Waipahu

- Earth level work has started on one of the ramps for the Pearl Highlands station. This is either for the park and ride parking structure or bus access ramp.

- A portion of the Leeward Community College parking lot has been closed this month. This is for the LCC station as they will need to demolish a portion of the parking and several trailer class rooms on the northwestern end of the campus. To compensate, they built more parking and trailer classrooms on a large plot of land on the southeastern end of the campus.
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Photos of Honolulu Rail Interior and Exterior

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I believe that once more trains arrive, and more of the project becomes visible, the anti-rail crowd will start to slowly disappear. When they started the project on west oahu, most of the work wasn't visible to the public, but as it enters town and reaches towards ala moana more people will become accepting of the rail project.

Still a lot to of work to do, but HART has overcome every single obstacle so far. The future is looking bright for Honolulu!
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here you can find the press release from Hitachi Rail Italy
http://www.ferrovie.it/portale/leggi.php?id=3531
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Directly from Hawaii, in the heart of the Pacific Ocean, yesterday Hitachi Rail Italy had presented the first of 20 trains with 4 coaches for the new metro of Honolulu.
Manufactured and assembled in Italy, in Reggio Calabria's factory, coaches are completed and furnished in the HRI Pittsburg's factory (California) and then transfered to Hawaii.
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Mayor Caldwell gives a brief overview of the interior of the cars:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuulP2NQ_EQ
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Some update from last Friday 05-13-16

First a Waipahu update. Since rail guideway is complete in that town, this is a good opportunity to see the progress of street level upgrades such as new curbings, pavements, landscaping and traffic lights. To me what a change for the better, the streets will be nicer looking with these improvements and no unsightly overhead electrical lines crisscrossing the made road. In this section of the 05-13-16 updates we will head west into Waipahu while in the next section we will head east into Pearl City.

Starting from the middle near the maintenance center heading west into Waipahu. Note more finishing touches improving the built environment. by cre8ive na8ive, on Flickr

Heading west now across Waipahu High School by cre8ive na8ive, on Flickr

Still heading west toward central Waipahu still with new pavement and curbing. by cre8ive na8ive, on Flickr

Still heading west rail takes turn into central Waipahu station. by cre8ive na8ive, on Flickr

Part of the east/central Waipahu station. by cre8ive na8ive, on Flickr

Rail between main road and over river in central Waipahu. Still looking west. Note nice earth scaping. by cre8ive na8ive, on Flickr

Heading west into west Waipahu. Note new curbings. 05-13-16 by cre8ive na8ive, on Flickr

Looking west at early construction of west Waipahu station or the West Loch station. 05-13-16 by cre8ive na8ive, on Flickr

New pavement and medians in far west Waipahu and going over Fort Weaver Road over past. Still looking west 05-13-16 by cre8ive na8ive, on Flickr
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More 05-13-16 updates

This time in Pearl City with the construction of rail columns and guideway in full gear.

But first some of the new additional buildings and parking lot at Leeward Community college to make way for the new rail station on the other side of campus.
Back to near the maintenance yard looking at what Maksima reported on April 28, the new buildings and parking lot to replace older buildings on the other end of campus that we be the future Leeward C.C. Rail station. 05-13-16 by cre8ive na8ive, on Flickr

Here looking north where we see a special rail riding maintenance vehicle at the early construction site of Pearl Highlands station. The beginning of the Pearl City stretch of the rail line. 05-13-16 by cre8ive na8ive, on Flickr

Now heading east into Pearl City. Sorry I missed about a mile of already laid guideway in the beginning or west Pearl City from Pearl Highlands station. And the multi arched and cantilever bridge crossing the H-1 freeway from Leeward C.C. to Pearl Highlands station. But one can look at some of my recent post to see that end.
Now looking east in Pearl City where one of the rail guideway rigs is already at central Pearl City climbing up to go over the H-3 Interstate Freeway again. 05-13-16 by cre8ive na8ive, on Flickr

Closer central Pearl City heading over the freeway. 05-13-16 by cre8ive na8ive, on Flickr

Even closer where one can see the beginnings of the cantilever bridge over the freeway. 05-13-16 by cre8ive na8ive, on Flickr

Even closer of the cantilever rail bridge. 05-13-16 by cre8ive na8ive, on Flickr

Other side of freeway looking east in central Pearl City where many rail columns have risen. I suspect that the guideway rig will be dismantled and moved under the freeway to continue building the guideway heading in this east direction. 05-13-16 by cre8ive na8ive, on Flickr

More new rail columns heading east in the central/east Pearl City. 05-13-16 by cre8ive na8ive, on Flickr

More rail columns in Pearl City but here one can see on the right edge of the white panel van the construction of the Pearl Ridge shopping center station. 05-13-16 by cre8ive na8ive, on Flickr

Here at the Pearl Ridge station a second rail guideway assembly rig is found and it will head west to meet the other rig going over the freeway now. 05-13-16 by cre8ive na8ive, on Flickr

Still heading east at Pearl City with more new columns. 05-13-16 by cre8ive na8ive, on Flickr

Busy rail column digging and foundation pouring in last leg of rail heading to Aloha stadium, in east Pearl City. 05-13-16 by cre8ive na8ive, on Flickr

End of first phase or 1st half of rail in sight, the Aloha Stadium on hill in background. 05-13-16 by cre8ive na8ive, on Flickr

Here at The Aloha Stadium station the 3rd rail guideway assembly rig is found heading west into Pearl City. This rig already laid at least a 1/4 mile of guideway behind it but I have no picture. Also utility prep work is well on its way from here to the by cre8ive na8ive, on Flickr
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excellent pics, the end result looks neat, I think now we all can say the project is well past is point of no-abandonment. Hopefully it opens sooner rather than later and that extensions of the UH campus and to Waikiki start advancing on their planning/tendering stages!
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