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Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation

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.

Rail Project Faces Grand Jury Probe Just As It Pushes For Federal Funds Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Rail Project Faces Grand Jury Probe Just As It Pushes For Federal Funds

News of a criminal investigation arrives as Honolulu looks to seal the deal on the release of $744 million from the Federal Transit Administration.

Honolulu Rail Agency Hit With Federal Subpoena Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail Agency Hit With Federal Subpoena

UPDATED: HART must provide consultant contracts, lists of contractors, change orders, archaeological studies and correspondence with the Federal Transit Administration.

City Councilwoman Calls For Forensic Audit Of Honolulu Rail Project Cory Lum/Civil Beat

City Councilwoman Calls For Forensic Audit Of Honolulu Rail Project

UPDATED: Heidi Tsuneyoshi wants an independent probe to determine if public money has been misappropriated and if project officials have acted illegally.

City Auditor: Rail Costs Could Keep Rising If HART Doesn’t Take Action Cory Lum/Civil Beat

City Auditor: Rail Costs Could Keep Rising If HART Doesn’t Take Action

UPDATED: The latest audit to drop on the agency blames “inexperienced HART managers and contractors” for not keeping costs in check.

Rail Project Director Doesn’t Fully Meet Expectations — But Still Gets A Bonus Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Rail Project Director Doesn’t Fully Meet Expectations — But Still Gets A Bonus

UPDATED: Andrew Robbins has proven a “quick study” in his first year leading the project but needs to improve, according to his job evaluation.

Audit: Heavy Reliance On Consultants Is Causing Problems For Honolulu Rail Project Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Audit: Heavy Reliance On Consultants Is Causing Problems For Honolulu Rail Project

UPDATED: “Consultants often manage consultants, who manage other consultants,” the state audit found, and HART doesn’t hold them accountable.

Honolulu Will Pay Train Maker $160 Million To Cover Rail Delays Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Will Pay Train Maker $160 Million To Cover Rail Delays

Rail officials said the settlement with Ansaldo covers a delay of more than 2,000 days.

Audit: Honolulu Rail Agency Hid True Costs From Public View Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Audit: Honolulu Rail Agency Hid True Costs From Public View

UPDATED: The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation did not even level with its own board of directors about ballooning expenses, a new report says.

Honolulu Meets Federal Demands On Rail Project Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Meets Federal Demands On Rail Project

City and rail officials satisfied federal requirements that they spend $44 million in local funds on the project, pursue a public-private partnership and update their financial recovery plan.

The Cost Of Honolulu Rail’s Westside Stations Keeps Going Up Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Cost Of Honolulu Rail’s Westside Stations Keeps Going Up

HART had boasted of savings from its decision to build the nine stations three at a time. But those savings have disappeared.

Pod Squad: Honolulu Rail CEO Promises Passenger Service In 2020 Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: Honolulu Rail CEO Promises Passenger Service In 2020

Andrew Robbins, executive director of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, foresees “interim service” from East Kapolei to Aloha Stadium.

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