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After the City Council rejected using taxpayer money to pay for legal representation, city employees would have to seek it out on their own.
HART is no longer considering a Plan B in case its pursuit of a public private partnership fails to get rail done.
For years, the agency didn’t follow the proper federal rules moving businesses on the path of the rail line. Those still in charge will spend the next year cleaning up the mess.
The HART board is poised to approve an $18 million deal to resolve about 150 construction claims. More claims on those stations remain.
It’s not clear how the departures have impacted the federal probe that’s ensnared the rail project, if at all.
HART first self-reported its “potential problems” last year. A new federal report shows just how bad those violations actually were.
Rail officials admit progress on a utility relocation plan has been too slow. The mayor worries that nearby residents and businesses will pay the price.
The FTA won’t release rail’s remaining $744 million, however, until the project’s actual costs are clearer.
The four members appointed by lawmakers rarely show up, weakening promised legislative oversight on a project that is wildly over budget.
Canopy arms, meant to anchor the sail-like fabric covers for the stations, were already plagued with design and construction problems. Then, they started cracking.
UPDATED: Only one Legislature-appointed member has attended a board meeting since February, making it hard for the Honolulu rail project to get routine business done.
The latest federal orders were served to an unspecified number of HART employees. The rail agency won’t say who or how many staff members got them.