Rail officials admit progress on a utility relocation plan has been too slow. The mayor worries that nearby residents and businesses will pay the price.
The FTA won’t release rail’s remaining $744 million, however, until the project’s actual costs are clearer.
The four members appointed by lawmakers rarely show up, weakening promised legislative oversight on a project that is wildly over budget.
Canopy arms, meant to anchor the sail-like fabric covers for the stations, were already plagued with design and construction problems. Then, they started cracking.
UPDATED: Only one Legislature-appointed member has attended a board meeting since February, making it hard for the Honolulu rail project to get routine business done.
The latest federal orders were served to an unspecified number of HART employees. The rail agency won’t say who or how many staff members got them.
The proposed resolution would have allowed voters to decide whether to end HART, but it didn’t clear its first reading.
After years of missteps it’s time for the rail agency to be replaced by city control, Honolulu’s City Council chairman argues. HART says that’ll only make things worse.
Negotiations to compensate the Kakaako landowner for properties critical to the project have broken down, with the parties as much as $100 million apart.