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Honolulu Rail’s Final Federal Money Not Expected Until Next Year Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail’s Final Federal Money Not Expected Until Next Year

UPDATED: The Federal Transit Administration has withheld $744 million from the project since 2015.

Feds Still Aren’t Releasing $744 Million For Honolulu Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Feds Still Aren’t Releasing $744 Million For Honolulu Rail

Rail officials had hoped to finally get their long-stalled recovery plan approved by this month. Now, they hope to get “provisional’ approval in late May or early June.

Critics Renew Calls To Stop Honolulu Rail At Middle Street Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Critics Renew Calls To Stop Honolulu Rail At Middle Street

While shortening the line could save hundreds of millions of dollars, rail leaders argue the system would lose nearly half its projected ridership.

Honolulu Rail Cars Fail Fire Test, But Officials Question Its Validity Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail Cars Fail Fire Test, But Officials Question Its Validity

Flooring and roofing were found to not be sufficiently fire-resistant in a test conducted in Texas.

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.

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.

Ige Doesn’t Think HART’s Federal Funding Is Threatened Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Ige Doesn’t Think HART’s Federal Funding Is Threatened

For now, Hawaii’s governor expects the funding will go forward despite an investigation into the rail project and the state’s recent lawsuit against the Trump administration

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.

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