That’s not a surprise. Governor Linda Lingle (R) was adamantly opposed to Honolulu’s grade-separated rail system and made that clear at every opportunity. Her politics were 180 degrees in opposition to former Mayor Mufi Hannemann, rail’s biggest champion over the past several years and potential general election opponent of Lingle’s lieutenant governor.
Newly installed Governor Neil Abercrombie (D) is a rail supporter. He accepted rail’s FEIS 10 days into his term, something Lingle refused to do. His administration didn’t order up the IMG study; Lingle’s did. It seems understandable that Abercrombie’s Department of Transportation didn’t respond to a request to participate in the Council’s hearing on an issue Abercrombie has said was outside the State's responsibilities for rail.
The City’s Department of Transportation Services did show up to rebut IMG’s study, as summarized in its document: