UPDATED: The group who filed the case was “shocked and enraged” by the decision and is now considering what to do next.
City leaders and most HART board members want to cancel the public-private partnership process and start over.
The FTA considers rail the most “challenged and troubled project that they’re dealing with,” according to the HART board’s vice chairman.
Project leaders will likely struggle to secure more funding amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The species, like many of Hawaii’s other remaining forest birds, has been decimated by mosquito-borne diseases.
Honolulu’s mayor and rail’s top executive disagree over the best path for the project to succeed.
But the situation with the more than $9 billion project is so fluid right now that both Amemiya and Blangiardi struggle to say how they’ll handle it.
It remains unclear how the move would impact the transit project’s federal funding.
Generally, the Honolulu mayor suggested building the line into downtown and then resuming construction to Ala Moana Center once the funding becomes available.