$5B Honolulu Railway Violates Fed. Law, 9th Circ. Hears

Law360, San Francisco (August 15, 2013, 10:59 PM EDT) -- Opponents of a $5.2 billion Honolulu elevated-rail project urged the Ninth Circuit Thursday to revive claims that city officials and the Federal Transit Agency violated federal laws by failing to consider transit alternatives before approving a plan that would destroy historic parts of Honolulu’s downtown.

The defendants should have examined whether non-elevated light rail, bus rapid transit or carpool lanes would have been feasible and less destructive to historic resources, including Honolulu’s Chinatown Historic District and Dillingham Transportation Building, argued attorneys for Honolulutraffic.com, a citizen group...
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