US investigators demand documents from Honolulu rail line

HONOLULU — Honolulu’s rail agency says U.S. investigators are demanding to see documents related to a 20-mile rail line under construction on Oahu, including contracts and list of contractors.

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation said in a statement Thursday it received a federal subpoena this week. The agency didn’t identify what federal department the subpoena is from.

The agency says the documents requested largely duplicate those the agency recently provided to the state auditor.

Other documents include contractor change orders, archaeological studies and correspondence with the Federal Transit Administration.

The agency is pledging its full cooperation in complying with the subpoena. It says its staff and contractors will continue to work toward completing the project and having it ready for limited passenger service next year.


  1. paul February 15, 2019 5:48 pm

    why????????? just a show for the people ???highly doubt you will be smart enough to find the corruption and waste and corrupt government pukes and contractors…..sadly Honolulu is no longer Hawaiian but the new los angeles

    1. briala February 16, 2019 6:39 am

      I don’t know, those FBI agents / US Attorneys seem to be doing fine finding charges so far (Kealoha, etc.) I say they’re on a roll, let them keep going. I wouldn’t be surprised if they already had something that started this further thread pulling.

      One small advantage to officials thinking their corruption is acceptable and untouchable — folks get too used to it, too entitled, and they make mistakes. Big money usually leaves trails. If someone outside looks hard enough, they sometimes start to find them.

      1. ClutchCargo February 16, 2019 5:43 pm

        FBI agents finding charges?

        That is a knee slapper, look at the charges PIAPS is facing……….democrat corruption is mostly invisible to the FBI. She and the ‘toon are untouchable by mere FBI agents that take their orders from political appointees.

  2. metalman808 February 16, 2019 8:48 am

    You know it’s corrupt when all the other islands have to pay for a chu chu train on one island. Where’s our train from Hilo to Kona. Billions and billions and its not even a bullet train it’s a sqare box train that will be out dated when completed. They should of let mayor frank Fasi build it back in the day for millions, but they said he was crazy for wanting a rail system and H3. Go figure

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