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Latest Audit: Agency ‘Arbitrary,’ ‘Inconsistent’ In Reviewing Rail Costs Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Latest Audit: Agency ‘Arbitrary,’ ‘Inconsistent’ In Reviewing Rail Costs

UPDATED: The Hawaii agency that oversees rail spending lacks the proper rules, training and procedures to make sure its reviews are sound, the latest audit finds.

These 10 Oahu Intersections Drive Our Readers Crazy Google Maps

These 10 Oahu Intersections Drive Our Readers Crazy

We asked local drivers to help us identify some of the most hazardous places where two or more roads come together in Honolulu.

The Twisted History Of Honolulu Traffic Engineering Google Maps

The Twisted History Of Honolulu Traffic Engineering

When it comes to some of Oahu’s worst street designs, our fates were sealed more than a century ago.

Bill To Create An Airport Corporation Advances — With A Very Big Catch Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bill To Create An Airport Corporation Advances — With A Very Big Catch

Backers of an independent corporation to run Hawaii’s airports say it needs freedom from the state’s time-consuming procurement process. Key lawmakers disagree.

As Deadline Looms, HART May Not Fully Comply With Federal Subpoena Cory Lum/Civil Beat

As Deadline Looms, HART May Not Fully Comply With Federal Subpoena

The Honolulu rail agency’s board hasn’t yet consulted with its attorneys on whether to give investigators its closed-door meeting records.

Yet Another Audit Planned For Honolulu Rail Project Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Yet Another Audit Planned For Honolulu Rail Project

The City Council wants to investigate potential criminal activity surrounding the fiscally troubled transit project.

Federal Probe Has State Looking To Pull Back On Rail Audits Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Federal Probe Has State Looking To Pull Back On Rail Audits

Proposed legislation would repeal the requirement for more audits. But added scrutiny has already led state finance officials to withhold $40 million from HART.

Whistleblower Lawsuit: HART Mishandled More Than 100 Change Orders Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Whistleblower Lawsuit: HART Mishandled More Than 100 Change Orders

The lawsuit’s allegations echo problems flagged by the city auditor. Meanwhile, federal investigators have demanded HART provide its change order records.

Feds Demand Records Of HART Board’s Closed-Door Meetings Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Feds Demand Records Of HART Board’s Closed-Door Meetings

UPDATED: The latest subpoena requires HART to provide unredacted minutes of its board’s executive sessions, but HART questions whether it can fully comply.

Feds Are Investigating HART’s Relocation Payments Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Feds Are Investigating HART’s Relocation Payments

UPDATED: The criminal probe widens as the Honolulu rail agency is served with its second subpoena, this time seeking records concerning payments to property owners along the rail route.

Banning Bikes At The Capitol Would Make Cycling On Oahu Even Harder Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Banning Bikes At The Capitol Would Make Cycling On Oahu Even Harder

With the right design, walkers and cyclists can coexist on the Capitol grounds. Legislators, however, are pushing for an outright ban.

Rail Project Faces Grand Jury Probe Just As It Pushes For Federal Funds Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Rail Project Faces Grand Jury Probe Just As It Pushes For Federal Funds

News of a criminal investigation arrives as Honolulu looks to seal the deal on the release of $744 million from the Federal Transit Administration.