Backed in a corner, the Honolulu City Council took steps Wednesday to commit $44 million in bonds to help build the 20-mile rail system.
The city is in a lousy bargaining position in its search for a partner to finish construction and operate the system.
The rail agency’s directors approve the concept of a public-private partnership to design and build the stretch through the central part of the city.
City leaders are once again sparring over rail as they look to comply with a federal agency’s challenging demands.
In a blunt letter, the Federal Transit Administration lays out demands that will prove tough for the city to meet.
Reject the mantra from the city and HART that it’s too late to change from steel wheels on steel rails.
Ansaldo’s 2016 claim — which came to light Thursday — is the latest spat between the city and the firm building the rail cars and communications system.
Mayor Kirk Caldwell called the idea a “red herring” that would kill the project.