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Legislators added nonvoting members for more project scrutiny, but the move made it harder for the board to reach a quorum.
Backed in a corner, the Honolulu City Council took steps Wednesday to commit $44 million in bonds to help build the 20-mile rail system.
The incumbent has stalled council bills considered crucial for the project, while the challenger is a close ally of the mayor who leads the charge for rail.
The city is in a lousy bargaining position in its search for a partner to finish construction and operate the system.
The rail agency’s directors approve the concept of a public-private partnership to design and build the stretch through the central part of the city.
City leaders are once again sparring over rail as they look to comply with a federal agency’s challenging demands.
In a blunt letter, the Federal Transit Administration lays out demands that will prove tough for the city to meet.
Reject the mantra from the city and HART that it’s too late to change from steel wheels on steel rails.
Ansaldo’s 2016 claim — which came to light Thursday — is the latest spat between the city and the firm building the rail cars and communications system.
Mayor Kirk Caldwell called the idea a “red herring” that would kill the project.
San Juan’s Tren Urbano, an elevated, heavy rail system like that planned in Honolulu, has struggled with low ridership and cost overruns.
UPDATED: A new federal report on the transit project’s risks pushes its completion back nearly a year and says it needs even more cash.