Hawaii Superferry Gets Final Approval

HONOLULU (AP) - A bill to get the Hawaii Superferry running while an environmental assessment is conducted has passed the Hawaii Legislature on a 39-11 final House vote.

The bill now goes to Governor Lingle who is expected to sign it.

The bill overturns a Maui court ruling last month that blocked Superferry from using Kahului Harbor until the state completes an environmental review.

The bill has already passed the Senate with strong support from lawmakers in both parties who want the islands' first passenger-car alternative to air travel.

Lawmakers voted during a special session held to override court rulings and return the 800-passenger, 42 mile-per-hour Superferry to the water after two months' delay.

Superferry CEO John Garibaldi says he hopes to resume service in about two weeks.