New interim CEO of beleaguered rail project named

HART chooses Interim CEO
Published: Oct. 27, 2016 at 3:07 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A former Los Angeles transit executive has been named interim head of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation.

At its meeting Wednesday, the rail project's board unanimously selected K.N. Murthy as HART's interim executive director and CEO.

Murthy's first day on the job is Dec. 5, and his contract is for one year.

"Mr. Murthy is the perfect fit for HART at this time," said HART board Chairwoman Colleen Hanabusa, in a news release. "He brings to the table more than 40 years of experience in transit design and construction and has managed and implemented several multi-billion dollar rail and heavy rail projects in a number of cities."

Murthy is the former executive director for Transit Project Delivery at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

His interim appointment comes two months after HART CEO Dan Grabauskas resigned amid growing concerns about rail project delays and cost overruns.

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