With talk of continued cost overruns on Hawaii’s first light-rail line, the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) may not renew the contract of CEO Andrew Robbins.
HART Chairman Toby Martyn sent an email to staff stating the board’s Human Resources Committee is recommending Robbins to be dismissed.
In the email Martyn said, “the full board will concur with the recommendation, and that a permitted interaction group will be formed to devise a leadership transition plan.”
HART could be facing more financial hardship with the light-rail line, as rumors are circulating that at least one contractor’s bid for the final phase is over $2 billion. HART has reserved about $1.4 billion for the project. The deadline for bids has past and the agency has not selected a winner for the public-private partnership.
Members of the Honolulu City Council would prefer the project delayed rather than dealing with another cost overrun. The current price of the project stands at over $9 billion, and due to the coronavirus pandemic HART is facing a shortage of funds.
HART’s board will meet on Sept. 24 to decide on the status of Robbins.