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Local Connection: Rail Ruling

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By: Rick Blangiardi

Now that there has been a federal ruling in the court case against Honolulu rail, it seems like we have some clarity on what comes next.

There is no doubt that the city did not take into full consideration several studies that relate to the identification of cultural remains along the rail line and did not consider impacts to a local park or an alternative to one of the routes.

But in ruling for 20 of 23 claims for the city, it is clear that the rail project is going to move forward.

There is a Dec. 12 hearing for an injunction to stop work, but construction has already been halted since august.  As a result, the Hawaii supreme court ruled the city was required to do an archeological study of the entire route before allowing them back to work.

One of the biggest pieces of the ruling, whether the city considered all alternatives to rail, the city won handily on that count.

This is a clean and clear ruling from Federal Judge Wallace Tashima.

It gives the city what it needs to remedy what remains to be done and to provide Oahu with a transportation future.

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