HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu city council chair Ernie Martin wants to hold public hearings before the council votes on the rail tax extension. He believes that the delay will not jeopardize the outcome and that the council needs to consider all options. Already at least $900 million over budget, the CEO of the Honolulu Authority for Rail Transportation Dan Grabauskas has said in the past, time is critical. In order to keep the project on track, Grabauskas said they need to advertise their major bids by the end of the year or else the costs could skyrocket and threaten federal funding.
Martin also plans to pursue the former Hilo Hattie location on Nimitz highway as a homeless shelter, even though Mayor Caldwell's administration has said it would be too expensive to operate.
As for running for mayor, Martin said that he plans to run in the future, though he was not clear whether that would be next year which is when the next mayoral election will be held.