Councilwoman wants more scrutiny of Honolulu rail

HONOLULU (AP) - City Councilwoman Ann Kobayashi is calling for greater public scrutiny of contracts issued for the city's $5.5 billion rail transit project.

Kobayashi says a preliminary review of about $48 million in contracts to 113 vendors raises questions about duplication of services.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Tuesday she said the review also raises questions about whether some of the contracts are really necessary.

She's called some of the contracts "exorbitant," but stopped short of saying there's been any wrongdoing.

City Department of Transportation Services Director Wayne Yoshioka says he'll take a look at Kobayashi's findings. But he says the city's spending on the project has repeatedly been reviewed, audited, and scrutinized.

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