Mayor Kirk Caldwell reappointed former First Hawaiian Bank CEO Don Horner to the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation Board of Directors on Tuesday.

Horner has been on the HART board for four years. He’s also the chairman of the Hawaii Board of Education.

BOE Chair Don Horner listens to testimony about sex  education.  16 june 2015. photograph by Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Don Horner was appointed to a five-year term on the HART Board of Directors. He said in a press release that he wants to “deliver a cost-effective, quality project.”

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“Having someone with Don’s financial expertise and leadership skills remain with us on the board is extremely valuable, and even more important as HART contends with controlling expenses in this environment of rising construction costs,” Caldwell said in a press release.

The city’s rail project, which will run from East Kapolei to Ala Moana Center, is facing a nearly $1 billion deficit. It’s estimated the final cost will be about $6 billion. The Legislature approved an extension of a 0.5 percent general excise tax for five years to help for the shortfall. Gov. David Ige has yet to make a decision on the bill.

The HART board, which oversees the rail project, is in a state of transition as several members are leaving or being replaced.

Former Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa will step in for Carrie Okinaga, who is leaving to work for the University of Hawaii. The Honolulu City Council will replace Keslie Hui, whose term expires at the end of the month, with local attorney Terrance Lee. And HART will begin searching for someone next month to fill in for Robert Bunda, who said he is resigning to spend time with his family.

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