UPDATED: The bids won’t be publicly released until the contract is awarded by unidentified officials. That’s expected to take at least another month.
Most of the top contenders say they would hit the brakes on the $9 billion project if financial hurdles can’t be overcome.
The issue arose at Thursday’s board meeting as members grappled with the latest round of cost increases.
Rail officials didn’t have a clear idea of how much the relocation work would cost when they awarded the contract to get it going.
The transit project has been plagued for years by skyrocketing costs. Now it faces a $100 million slump in the revenues that fund construction.
The agency overseeing Hawaii’s largest-ever public works project has struggled to run remote meetings smoothly during the virus crisis.
Worried about financial mismanagement, a HART employee said she was asked to resign when she spoke up.
Critics now worry HART is moving too slowly, but the agency found it previously moved too fast without proper planning.