Honolulu wins victory in quest for rail transit

HONOLULU (AP) - A federal appeals court is upholding the dismissal of a lawsuit seeking to stop Honolulu's high-speed rail transit project.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling issued Tuesday says the project complies with environmental and transportation requirements. The ruling says Honolulu officials made a "good faith and reasonable" effort to identify archaeological sites along the proposed route and developed an appropriate plan for sites discovered during construction.

The ruling affirms a lower court's dismissal of a lawsuit by opponents of the more than $5 billion project.

The project is scheduled for significant construction work this year. Work resumed last fall in west Oahu after a yearlong court-ordered hiatus. The Hawaii Supreme Court ordered the city to conduct archaeological studies throughout the 20-mile route.

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