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Rail opponents take their case to federal court

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Rail opponents are rejoicing at news that their case will have its day in federal court -- and it's only a few months away.

Rail construction is set to resume this September, but opponents are pleased they will have at least have a chance to put an end to that ever since the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals granted a request to expedite a hearing that will decide if the project can continue.

This comes just days after rail leaders were assured by Federal Transportation officials that the project will get the full funding of $1.5 billion.

Hart President and CEO Dan Grabauskas said that put rail in as strong a position as its ever been. However, opponents still think it can be stopped.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals also denied a motion from rail supporters to dismiss an appeal.

The hearing is set for August 12 in San Francisco.

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