Hawaii court denies request to revisit rail ruling

HONOLULU (AP) - The Hawaii Supreme Court has denied Honolulu's request to reconsider a recent ruling that led to shutting down construction of the city's $5-billion rail project.

The city asked the high court to revisit a unanimous ruling that the state Historic Preservation Division violated its own rules by allowing rail construction to begin before an archaeological survey was completed for the entire 20-mile route. City lawyers argued the division has authority to allow the project to continue.

The Native Hawaiian Legal Corp. says the court denied the city's motion on Thursday.

Paulette Kaleikini sued to stop construction in an effort to protect ancient Hawaiian remains in the path of the rail line.

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation says in accordance with the ruling, archaeological survey work is being accelerated.

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