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The outbreak has created trouble for Hitachi’s supply chain. It’s not clear yet what that means for rail’s interim opening planned later this year.
The new 13-year, $918 million deal with Hitachi is nearly $100 million more than the one signed in 2011. It will cover just over half of the costs to run the rail system.
Worried about financial mismanagement, a HART employee said she was asked to resign when she spoke up.
Critics now worry HART is moving too slowly, but the agency found it previously moved too fast without proper planning.
John Henry Felix has repeatedly called to pause rail construction at Middle Street.
Caldwell concedes the city should focus solely on rail instead with so much uncertainty still hanging over the transit project.
UPDATED: The FTA remains “extremely concerned” about rail’s progress at yet another critical juncture.
The use of a private partner is often marketed as a kind of silver bullet to inspire trust in big public projects. In truth, PPPs have a mixed record.
The rail agency is eager for crews to work on Dillingham during the day, but the move is sure to take a heavy traffic toll on Kalihi.
The Honolulu mayor is in the nation’s capital this week for the U.S. Conference of Mayors. He’s also meeting with federal officials about the city’s largest ever public works project.
Its director says the Honolulu rail project, long rocked by cost overruns and huge delays, is now stable and on a path to open the first stretch by October.