When FTA requests a Recovery Plan, that is already a red flag and it means that the project is in a, headed for a disaster. It also backs up the reason for the Feds to withhold half a billion dollars under the FFG (Full Funding Grant Agreement).
Pursuant to the FTA Project and Construction Management Guidelines 2016, Section 2.3.5, HART must follow the directives as stated.
The bottom line is that if the rail project was smooth or even a little rocky, FTA would not have requested a Recovery Plan.
FTA has requested another Risk Refresh, and that is another cause for concern as it wants to be assured of the final budget numbers and construction schedule. FTA has already mentioned that the previous numbers were not accurate.
I question the original cost estimates give by HART, and approved by FTA and the PMOC (Project Management Oversight Contractor/Consultant)
As far as the Issuance of the P3 (Public-Private Partnership) Solicitation, HART should have completed this from day one. More later.