Rail At The Airport: Investigation In 3 Parts

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One decision by Honolulu's rail planners exemplifies problems with the project in the eyes of critics.

A too-cozy relationship between the city and its two main engineering contractors has resulted in taxpayers having to pay tens of millions of dollars for a mistake in routing the train too close to Honolulu International Airport, they say.

Instead, the leading opponents say, the contractors — Parsons Brinckerhoff and InfraConsult — should have to bear that cost.

Former Gov. Ben Cayetano, former judge Walter Heen, law professor Randy Roth and businessman Cliff Slater have filed a federal lawsuit to stop the project. They also are waging a public campaign against it. One recent salvo came in an August letter to Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle and members of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) board of directors, calling the failure to place the line in an appropriate location from the start an act of "apparent negligence."

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