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Honolulu Rail Project

As Deadline Looms, HART May Not Fully Comply With Federal Subpoena Cory Lum/Civil Beat

As Deadline Looms, HART May Not Fully Comply With Federal Subpoena

The Honolulu rail agency’s board hasn’t yet consulted with its attorneys on whether to give investigators its closed-door meeting records.

Yet Another Audit Planned For Honolulu Rail Project Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Yet Another Audit Planned For Honolulu Rail Project

The City Council wants to investigate potential criminal activity surrounding the fiscally troubled transit project.

Federal Probe Has State Looking To Pull Back On Rail Audits Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Federal Probe Has State Looking To Pull Back On Rail Audits

Proposed legislation would repeal the requirement for more audits. But added scrutiny has already led state finance officials to withhold $40 million from HART.

Whistleblower Lawsuit: HART Mishandled More Than 100 Change Orders Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Whistleblower Lawsuit: HART Mishandled More Than 100 Change Orders

The lawsuit’s allegations echo problems flagged by the city auditor. Meanwhile, federal investigators have demanded HART provide its change order records.

Feds Demand Records Of HART Board’s Closed-Door Meetings Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Feds Demand Records Of HART Board’s Closed-Door Meetings

UPDATED: The latest subpoena requires HART to provide unredacted minutes of its board’s executive sessions, but HART questions whether it can fully comply.

Ige Doesn’t Think HART’s Federal Funding Is Threatened Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Ige Doesn’t Think HART’s Federal Funding Is Threatened

For now, Hawaii’s governor expects the funding will go forward despite an investigation into the rail project and the state’s recent lawsuit against the Trump administration

Feds Are Investigating HART’s Relocation Payments Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Feds Are Investigating HART’s Relocation Payments

UPDATED: The criminal probe widens as the Honolulu rail agency is served with its second subpoena, this time seeking records concerning payments to property owners along the rail route.

Rail Project Faces Grand Jury Probe Just As It Pushes For Federal Funds Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Rail Project Faces Grand Jury Probe Just As It Pushes For Federal Funds

News of a criminal investigation arrives as Honolulu looks to seal the deal on the release of $744 million from the Federal Transit Administration.

Honolulu Rail Agency Hit With Federal Subpoena Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail Agency Hit With Federal Subpoena

UPDATED: HART must provide consultant contracts, lists of contractors, change orders, archaeological studies and correspondence with the Federal Transit Administration.

City Councilwoman Calls For Forensic Audit Of Honolulu Rail Project Cory Lum/Civil Beat

City Councilwoman Calls For Forensic Audit Of Honolulu Rail Project

UPDATED: Heidi Tsuneyoshi wants an independent probe to determine if public money has been misappropriated and if project officials have acted illegally.

Rail Project Director Doesn’t Fully Meet Expectations — But Still Gets A Bonus Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Rail Project Director Doesn’t Fully Meet Expectations — But Still Gets A Bonus

UPDATED: Andrew Robbins has proven a “quick study” in his first year leading the project but needs to improve, according to his job evaluation.

Audit: Heavy Reliance On Consultants Is Causing Problems For Honolulu Rail Project Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Audit: Heavy Reliance On Consultants Is Causing Problems For Honolulu Rail Project

UPDATED: “Consultants often manage consultants, who manage other consultants,” the state audit found, and HART doesn’t hold them accountable.