Group to appeal court decision on Honolulu rail

HONOLULU (AP) - A group that includes former Hawaii Gov. Ben Cayetano has told a federal court it will appeal a December ruling that allowed construction to continue on the west end of Honolulu's planned rail line.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Wednesday the group says it will also appeal rulings that threw out its environmental and historic preservation claims.

The decision issued by 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Wallace Tashima ruled Honolulu can continue work on the western end of the more than $5 billion rail line. The city can also do engineering and design work on the city center portion.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell says in a statement that the group has a right to appeal but there are no benefits to continued litigation.

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