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OIP To Investigate HART For Possible Sunshine Law Violations Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

OIP To Investigate HART For Possible Sunshine Law Violations

Normally there’s a six-month cutoff to investigate such matters, but OIP made an exception due to the “significant public interest” in HART.

Another Questionable Million-Dollar Honolulu Rail Contract? Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Another Questionable Million-Dollar Honolulu Rail Contract?

Documents suggest a contract for federal lobbying services was already a done deal before it was put out to bid.

Emails Show Hanabusa Was Doing Rail Work Before She Got A Big Contract Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Emails Show Hanabusa Was Doing Rail Work Before She Got A Big Contract

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.

HART Asks The City To Borrow Up To $550 Million To Keep Rail Moving Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

HART Asks The City To Borrow Up To $550 Million To Keep Rail Moving

The rail authority has also been borrowing on its own to cover its costs and pay its contractors.

Honolulu Rail Chief Says Ridership Projections Have Dropped Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail Chief Says Ridership Projections Have Dropped

Rail authority CEO Lori Kahikina provided no details, but said she believes public interest in riding the train is still high.

For The Honolulu Rail Project, 2020 Was The Year The Wheels Fell Off Cory Lum/Civil Beat

For The Honolulu Rail Project, 2020 Was The Year The Wheels Fell Off

From stalled utility work in the Dillingham corridor to a failed P3 deal, rail suffered one setback after another.

Honolulu Rail Cost Now at $9.9 Billion But That Estimate Will Likely Grow Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail Cost Now at $9.9 Billion But That Estimate Will Likely Grow

The FTA considers rail the most “challenged and troubled project that they’re dealing with,” according to the HART board’s vice chairman.

Honolulu Rail’s New Budget Hole Estimated At More Than $1 Billion Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail’s New Budget Hole Estimated At More Than $1 Billion

Project leaders will likely struggle to secure more funding amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

City Leaders Advance Bill To Withdraw Rail Construction Dollars Cory Lum/Civil Beat

City Leaders Advance Bill To Withdraw Rail Construction Dollars

It remains unclear how the move would impact the transit project’s federal funding.

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