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Despite the cost increases, the 20-mile, 21-station transit line is holding steady to HART’s latest, $8.14 billion construction budget, officials say.
Heidi Tsuneyoshi has recently brought fresh scrutiny to HART. Now, she’s urging the city to reverse plans to cover the rail agency’s legal costs.
Key personnel continue to leave the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation as rail construction nears its most critical crossroads.
Those increases, coupled with appreciating property values on Oahu, should be enough to make it work, the mayor asserted Thursday. But the proposal is light on specifics.
The trip to San Francisco was made in hopes that the Federal Transit Administration will start releasing more money for the project.
These won’t be bus stops, and Honolulu would do well to look east to cities where transit centers are integrated into surrounding communities.
The rail board got a preview Thursday of the issues that the state auditor’s final is expected to cover.
UPDATED: The Federal Transit Administration has withheld $744 million from the project since 2015.
Rail officials had hoped to finally get their long-stalled recovery plan approved by this month. Now, they hope to get “provisional’ approval in late May or early June.
While shortening the line could save hundreds of millions of dollars, rail leaders argue the system would lose nearly half its projected ridership.
Flooring and roofing were found to not be sufficiently fire-resistant in a test conducted in Texas.
UPDATED: The Hawaii agency that oversees rail spending lacks the proper rules, training and procedures to make sure its reviews are sound, the latest audit finds.