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Judge in packed courtroom hears arguments in rail lawsuit

By Kevin Dayton

LAST UPDATED: 02:32 p.m. HST, Aug 21, 2012

Federal Judge A. Wallace Tashima heard two hours of arguments Tuesday in a federal lawsuit that seeks to stop work on the city’s $5.26 billion rail project, but gave no clear indication of how he will rule in the case or when.

About 100 spectators packed the second-floor courtroom, and more than a dozen people stood at the rear of the courtroom during the hearing to listen to arguments after every chair was filled.

The suit alleges city and Federal Transit Administration officials violated federal environmental law in the planning of the 20-mile Hono­lulu rail line.

Lawyers for the city counter that the voluminous record of the rail planning effort demonstrates the FTA and city rigorously followed the requirements in the National Environmental Policy Act and other federal law.

Participants in the lawsuit have suggested it may be weeks or months before Tashima issues a decision in the case.

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autumnrose wrote:
Mr. Dayton, we the public who couldn't be there, thank you for your report and are depending on you to observe, digest and keep us updated. This could be as future changing as the results of mayoral election...yes?
on August 21,2012 | 03:07PM
HD36 wrote:
Alabama had a billion dollar sewer project shut down by the EPA after they had already spent billions. The county had to file bankruptcy. I hope they stop rail before it gets started.
on August 21,2012 | 03:15PM
Mahalo wrote:
autumnrose, I must agree the reporting in this paper when it comes to the local reporters are just useless. When I see a headline and click on it before I open it I already no that my 6 year probably could have written a better report. HEADLINE: GIANT MASSIVE METEOR WILL HIT HAWAII IN 5 HOURS Hawaii Reporters column: A giant massive meteor is predicted to hit Hawaii in 5 hours.... end of report. Associated Press Column: Agiant massive meteor from the planet zars has been orbiting the Earth since 2000. Scientist first reported finding the meteor while examining the effects of vapor from those electric cigarettes they are claiming on not harmful to the world. Their research discovered that the vapors are causing large masses to clump together and form meteors. The meteor, named E4 will first impact Hawaii at 0900 hours and is predicted to completely destroy Hawaii and cause wide spread tsunamis in Asian Pacific, US west coast. blah blah blah..
on August 21,2012 | 03:28PM
gsc wrote:
Eh Mahalo what are you smoking ? I like some............
on August 21,2012 | 03:57PM
Anonymous wrote:
"Lawyers for the city counter that the voluminous record of the rail planning effort demonstrates the FTA and city rigorously followed the requirements in the National Environmental Policy Act and other federal law." - A whole lot of data does not validate what you did.
on August 21,2012 | 05:24PM
Changalang wrote:
" Gee Wally, weren't you a little hard 0n the Beawer? "
on August 21,2012 | 06:39PM
soshaljustic wrote:
Was anything said in the 5 hours or did everyone jus stare at each other? Was someone from the Newspaper present in the courtroom that might give a little summary of argument, or what could have occurred in the five hours? Did people stare at the ceiling? Was it hot in the room? What were the plaintiffs and defendants doing? Were they even present in the room? Gee, it would be good to know a little more. Perhaps the newspaper writer could call a television reporter and find out what happened to write more of what occurred for those of us that purchase the newspaper? That would be really nice. I would enjoy that. Please?
on August 21,2012 | 07:28PM
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