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Court ruling prompts Honolulu to halt transit-rail project


Earlier this week, the city of Honolulu temporarily halted construction on a $5 billion transit-rail project after the Hawaiian State Supreme Court ruled that the city must conduct a complete archeological study for the 20-mile line before it can be built, according to Honolulu news reports.

Following the ruling, the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit (HART), which is managing the Honolulu Rail Transit project, issued a brief statement, as reported by Hawaii News Now stations KGMB and KHNL:

“HART has not yet determined the final details with respect to the recent State Supreme Court decision. In the meantime, in order to avoid additional litigation costs and until we are able to obtain guidance from the circuit court, no new construction, including ground-altering activity, will be done until the archaeological survey work is completed.”

The agency is working with contractors to determine what work will be necessary for public health and safety, to secure and maintain job sites, and wind up ongoing activity, the HART statement reads.

“All parties involved have agreed to work together to address any issues that may arise in the coming weeks,” HART officials said.

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