HONOLULU - The Office of the Auditor conducted post-audits of the transactions, accounts, programs and more of all departments associated with the Honolulu rail system.

It examined the efficiency and effectiveness of the government programs and agencies that attest to the fairness of the financial statements.

The audit of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) found that the costs went from $5.122 billion in 2012 to $9.188 billion in 2018.

"Over-promise, under-deliver. It has been the hallmark of the Honolulu Rail Transit Project’s near-decade long, stop-and-go journey," was written in the document.

The FTA felt monthly HART progress reports from 2014-2016 contained tainted data.

As of late 2018, $3.32 billion has been spent on the project. Two major construction projects remain unawarded.

In a revised plan released on November 19th, 2018 -- HART wrote,  “Consistent with FTA direction, the Project will be completed at a cost of under $8.299 billion excluding financing costs with a Revenue Service Date (RSD) for the full system no later than September 2026.”

HART also claimed in the revised plan, that the project will be completed with a 'cost no greater than $8.165 billion' by December 2025. 

HART responded to the audit Thursday, and said much of the report looks at the project prior to its new CEO, Andrew Robbins, coming onboard in September of 2017. 

"We're managing the project I would say, much more robustly over the last two years.  In fact, for two years now we have not asked for one more penny on this project.  We're at the same budget and the same schedule for two years now running." explained Robbins.

Mayor Kirk Caldwell issued the following statement Thursday upon the release of the state audit report:

I welcome Hawai‘i State Auditor Les Kondo’s audit report on the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, or HART. It is clear that an extensive amount of effort went into the audit report by all parties. I believe that vigorous and constructive oversight of HART makes for better management of our transformative inner-city mass transit rail system. The findings contained in the audit report is a further call to action by the HART Board of Directors to maintain strong management oversight of the transit authority and to ensure that HART incorporates into their everyday practices the suggested recommendations contained in the state auditor’s report.”