Thursday, December 27, 2012

Federal District Court Allows City to Proceed with Construction of Honolulu Rail Transit Project

The Hawaii federal district court issued its final judgment in v. Fed. Transit Admin., No. Civ. No. 11-00307 AWT (D. Haw. May 17, 2012), which allows the City and County of Honolulu to move ahead with all phases of the Honolulu rail transit project except for the fourth and final phase.

Although the court disallowed construction of Phase 4 until the City complies with the court's decision in, the City "may prepare, Phase 4 engineering and design plans, conduct geotechnical training, and conduct other pre- construction activities, including any activities that are appropriate to complete the additional analysis required by the Summary Judgment Order." The requirements of the Summary Judgment Order are discussed in Federal Court Issues Significant Ruling in Honolulu Rail Project Case.

The final judgment allows the City to move ahead with construction of Phases 1 through 3 of the project, which is more half of the entire project. In addition, the construction schedule should not be significantly affected, because the City's plan has always been to construct the project sequentially from the west (the Ewa area) to the east (the Ala Moana Center area).

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