Honolulu's controversial rail project has been derailed in federal court. This after Ninth Circuit Court Judge Wallace Tashima ruled today in HonoluluTraffic.com v. Federal Transit Administration et al that the city violated federal law on major three counts.
On December 12, the plaintiffs will return to court to ask the judge to grant a permanent injunction against the city, which could halt the rail project for good.
The eight plaintiffs who brought the challenge against the city and FTA last Spring include former Gov. Benjamin Cayetano, University of Hawaii Law professor Randall Roth, Retired Judge Walter Heen, retired businessman and transportation expert Cliff Slater, Dr. Michael Uechi, Hawaii's Thousand Friends, Outdoor Circle and Sen. Sam Slom's Small Business Hawaii Entrepreneurial Education Foundation.