9th Circ. Gives $5B Hawaii Rail Project Green Light

Law360, New York (February 18, 2014, 7:01 PM EST) -- In a major victory allowing Honolulu’s high-speed, elevated rail project to move forward, the Ninth Circuit ruled Tuesday that the controversial $5.16 billion project fully complied with the proper environmental and transportation route reviews, defeating a citizen group’s attempt to block construction.

A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit affirmed a Hawaii federal court’s dismissal of the suit launched by Honolulutraffic.com, environmental and public interest groups, Hawaii’s former Gov. Ben Cayetano and others alleging state and federal transportation officials pushed through approvals for the 20-mile rail...
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