HART Receives Federal Subpoena

Feb 14, 2019

Credit Cory Lum / Civil Beat

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation received a federal subpoena for project documents this week, the agency said today.

Federal officials want HART to provide documents and files that were made available to the state auditor.

In a statement, HART said the documents included those dating back to the start of the project. These include "consultant contracts, a list of contractors and subcontractors, contractor change orders, and supporting documents, archaeological studies, and correspondence with the Federal Transit Administration regarding the rail project's Full Funding Grant Agreement."

HART said it is pledging its full cooperation to federal authorities in complying with the subpoena, and wants to assure stakeholders that its staff and contractors will continue to work toward completing the project.

Acting Mayor Roy K Amemiya Jr. issued the following statement in response to the subpoena: “The city encourages and expects HART’s full cooperation with the subpoena for documents related to construction of the city’s rail project. The transit authority needs to continue building greater community trust.”

Earlier this year, the state auditor found the delays to the rail project not only pushed back its operation date, but also inflated the construction cost from $5 billion to $9 billion. HART plans limited service by next year.