He basically said the city and county of Honolulu and Federal Transit Administration gave short shrift to rail alternatives, such as bus rapid transit, downtown tunnels and a “managed lane alternative.”
Adams also said the city’s plans to deal with Native Hawaiian burial grounds is inadequate. Construction crews won’t just be able to move a rail column to the left or right by five feet to avoid the sacred sites, he said, because some of the burials are huge, including one that is 230 feet by 640 feet.
Attorney Robert Thornton, who represents the defendants, then took to the podium, saying the rail project has been studied ad nauseum.
“This project has been debated and discussed more than any project in the state’s history,” Thornton said. …
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