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The trip to San Francisco was made in hopes that the Federal Transit Administration will start releasing more money for the project.
UPDATED: The Federal Transit Administration has withheld $744 million from the project since 2015.
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.
While shortening the line could save hundreds of millions of dollars, rail leaders argue the system would lose nearly half its projected ridership.
Flooring and roofing were found to not be sufficiently fire-resistant in a test conducted in Texas.
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.
The Honolulu rail agency’s board hasn’t yet consulted with its attorneys on whether to give investigators its closed-door meeting records.
The City Council wants to investigate potential criminal activity surrounding the fiscally troubled transit project.
Proposed legislation would repeal the requirement for more audits. But added scrutiny has already led state finance officials to withhold $40 million from HART.
The lawsuit’s allegations echo problems flagged by the city auditor. Meanwhile, federal investigators have demanded HART provide its change order records.
UPDATED: The latest subpoena requires HART to provide unredacted minutes of its board’s executive sessions, but HART questions whether it can fully comply.
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