Audit says oversight lacking on transit outreach

HONOLULU (AP) - A Honolulu city audit says more oversight is needed to justify money spent on public outreach by the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation.

The audit says the agency overseeing Oahu's rail transit project generally followed federal rules in spending nearly $14 million on public outreach but could practice more accountability.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the semiautonomous transit authority disputes the findings.

Director Dan Grabauskas in a written response says the authority has made efforts to measure the effectiveness of its outreach and has converted pricey consulting jobs into city positions.

Grabauskas says about 80 percent of the authority's 132 staff positions are now city jobs.

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