Honolulu rail officials deal with staffing issues

Published: Jun. 28, 2016 at 8:34 AM HST
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HONOLULU (AP) - Officials overseeing Oahu's billion-dollar rail project have expressed concern in recent months about staffing issues that could potentially delay progress on the rail.

Letters obtained by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser say that Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation officials noted Ansaldo Honolulu JV had "unacceptable" personnel vacancies as recently as April. The Hitachi-owned firm has a $1.4 billion contract to create the rail cars and run the operating system.

Correspondence shows that one-third of the 15 vacancies HART had requested to be filled between July and April are now filled.

HART Project Manager Justin Garrod said in a recent email sent by the agency's spokesman that Ansaldo staffing is a "work in progress" and will continue to be monitored.

The company delivered the first train cars on time in March.

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