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For years, the agency didn’t follow the proper federal rules moving businesses on the path of the rail line. Those still in charge will spend the next year cleaning up the mess.
The HART board is poised to approve an $18 million deal to resolve about 150 construction claims. More claims on those stations remain.
It’s not clear how the departures have impacted the federal probe that’s ensnared the rail project, if at all.
HART first self-reported its “potential problems” last year. A new federal report shows just how bad those violations actually were.
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.
If the trains draw too much power as they speed up to leave stations, it could affect the use of household appliances and other electrical-powered equipment.
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.