Expedited hearing granted for Honolulu rail appeal

HONOLULU (AP) - The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is granting a request to expedite a hearing on whether construction of Honolulu's rail project can continue.

Opponents of the project are appealing a December ruling that allowed construction to continue on the west end of the $5 billion rail line.

The group asked the court to expedite the hearing, with the hopes that a decision could be made before construction is set to resume in September.

Their request was granted Friday. Oral argument in San Francisco will be scheduled the week of Aug. 12.

The appeals process can normally take three months to several years.

Friday's order also denies the city's motion to dismiss the appeal.

Honolulu officials didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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