Normally there’s a six-month cutoff to investigate such matters, but OIP made an exception due to the “significant public interest” in HART.
Documents suggest a contract for federal lobbying services was already a done deal before it was put out to bid.
Colleen Hanabusa says she drafted bills and monitored legislation on her own, not because she expected a contract or financial reward from the transit board.
The rail authority has also been borrowing on its own to cover its costs and pay its contractors.
Rail authority CEO Lori Kahikina provided no details, but said she believes public interest in riding the train is still high.
From stalled utility work in the Dillingham corridor to a failed P3 deal, rail suffered one setback after another.
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.
It remains unclear how the move would impact the transit project’s federal funding.