EAST HONOLULU, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The board that oversees Oahu's $6.5 billion rail project has selected Colleen Hanabusa as its new chair.
Hanabusa replaces Don Horner, who resigned last week following a critical audit of the rail project.
The board vote comes as a day after Mayor Kirk Caldwell appointed Hanabusa to a second five-year term, through June 30, 2021.
"Colleen Hanabusa already has proven her effectiveness on the HART Board of Directors by asking detailed questions and demanding accurate figures in light of the financial challenges facing the rail project," Caldwell said, in a news release.
"She raised red flags when she discovered that projections had increased beyond what had been presented to the people of Oahu. She's a strong advocate for taxpayers who are funding this project."
Hanabusa said serving on the HART board is about "ensuring the public's trust."
"It is to build and maintain confidence in the project. It is also about presenting the hard work of the staff of HART so the public can be assured that their interest is protected," Hanabusa said, in a news release.
Hanabusa is a former U.S. Congresswoman and state Senate president.