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            (Fri., Sept. 10, 2010)—Toru Hamayasu, Deputy Director, Honolulu Department of Transportation Services, issued the following statement in response to claims made today by City Councilwoman Ann Kobayashi:

“All contracts related to Honolulu’s rail transit project have been awarded fairly and appropriately, as has been proven time and again through independent audits and reviews. The Federal Transit Administration exercises strict oversight of this project.

“The City has provided to Councilwoman Ann Kobayashi in a timely manner all information she has requested, and any claims to the contrary are patently false.

“Given the timing and tone of the councilwoman’s recent statements, and the fact that the information she requested about the rail project was provided to her months ago, it is unfortunate that she seems to be focusing more on her expression of political preference than on the rail project and its contract management.”