Judge Narrows Case in Honolulu Rail Lawsuit

Lena Tran/Civil Beat

Honolulu officials celebrated a federal court ruling on the rail project Thursday that reduced the number of disputed recreational and historic site claims.

"This is a significant and positive ruling that narrows the litigation," said Dan Grabauskas, executive director and CEO of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation.

U.S. District Court Judge A. Wallace Tashima sided with the city and the Federal Transit Administration on most sites and with opponents of the rail project on others. In the end, the number of site claims dropped from more than 40 to fewer than 10.

The ruling on the defendants' motions for partial summary judgment was the latest development in the federal lawsuit against the transit project.

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