HART says HECO’s new safety standards were the problem. The utility, meanwhile, blames shoddy and delayed design work by a rail contractor.
HART is looking into helping to cover a $3.6 billion shortfall with a share of a new 3% city hotel tax, but the City Council is noncommittal and the hotel industry is wary.
Updated: The nomination of Joe Uno’s proposed replacement, Anthony Aalto, could go before the full City Council next week.
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.