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HI: Federal court derails controversial rail project

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By Malia Zimmerman | Hawaii Reporter

RULING: A federal judge’s decision halts the controversial Honolulu rail project, a political lightening rod during the city’s mayoral race.

HONOLULU — Honolulu’s controversial rail project was derailed in federal court, when Ninth Circuit Court Judge Wallace Tashima ruled Thursday that the city violated federal law.

The plaintiffs will return to court Dec. 12 to seek a permanent injunction against the city, which could halt the rail project for good.

The rail project has become a major issue this election with the vast majority of the public now opposing it. Former Gov. Benjamin Cayetano promised to kill the rail if he is elected Honolulu’s mayor, while his opponent, Kirk Caldwell, is a big advocate of the project.

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