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Group files anti-rail complaint in federal court

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -, Inc. filed a complaint in U.S. District Court Thursday to stop the city's rail project from moving forward.

According to the 56-page complaint, the city's rail project "will not have a meaningful, lasting, positive effect on traffic conditions" and "it will have a number of significant, negative effects on the environment." is a Hawaii non-profit corporation. According to the lawsuit, its mission is to be a public watchdog for transportation issues, to foster discussion of cost-effective solutions for traffic problems, and to advocate solutions for traffic congestion that do not ruin the ambiance of downtown Honolulu.

The group is asking for a declaratory judgment saying that the rail approvals have been "legally inadequate," an injunction to withdraw approvals for the project, and require a new public review process including and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement.

The lawsuit's defendants include Leslie Rogers, the Federal Transit Administration's Region 9 Administrator; Peter M. Rogoff, FTA Administrator; Ray LaHood, U.S. Secretary of Transportation; and Wayne Yoshioka, Director of the city's Transportation Services.

Plaintiffs are former Hawaii Gov. Benjamin J. Cayetano; the Small Business Hawai'i Entrepreneurial Education Foundation; Judge Walter Heen, former chairman of the Hawai'i Democratic Party and former Trustee of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Hawai'i non-profit corporation Inc.; Dr. Michael Uechi; Hawai'i's Thousand Friends, UH Law Professor Randal Roth; and Cliff Slater.

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