The project began on the ballot. Maybe it should go back before voters to decide its future.
Officials will start a fourth attempt to find a way to finish the final four miles while adding hundreds of millions of dollars to the overall budget.
The mayor is pleading with the FTA to extend the deadline to avoid losing $250 million in federal money.
The rail authority’s executive director refuses to give up on the potential public-private partnership as the agency’s board looks to replace him.
City leaders and most HART board members want to cancel the public-private partnership process and start over.
Facing a more than $1 billion deficit, Amemiya and Blangiardi say they don’t have enough information to map out the next steps to finish the project.
The FTA considers rail the most “challenged and troubled project that they’re dealing with,” according to the HART board’s vice chairman.
Project leaders will likely struggle to secure more funding amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
But the situation with the more than $9 billion project is so fluid right now that both Amemiya and Blangiardi struggle to say how they’ll handle it.