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COVID relief funds mishandled, Honolulu auditor says

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / 2022
                                A city audit points to the Department of Transportation Services’ use of $4 million to buy 27 new paratransit vans in early 2020 for TheHandi-Van program, even as that program’s ridership plummeted nearly 70% as pandemic lockdowns were implemented on Oahu. Above, vehicles used for TheHandi-Van services are kept at the Kalihi Transit Center on Middle Street.
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CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / 2022

A city audit points to the Department of Transportation Services’ use of $4 million to buy 27 new paratransit vans in early 2020 for TheHandi-Van program, even as that program’s ridership plummeted nearly 70% as pandemic lockdowns were implemented on Oahu. Above, vehicles used for TheHandi-Van services are kept at the Kalihi Transit Center on Middle Street.