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Posted: Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 11:47 AM HST

Honolulu wins victory in quest for rail transit

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) A federal appeals court is upholding the dismissal of a lawsuit seeking to stop Honolulu's high-speed rail transit project.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling issued Tuesday says the project complies with environmental and transportation requirements. The ruling says Honolulu officials made a "good faith and reasonable" effort to identify archaeological sites along the proposed route and developed an appropriate plan for sites discovered during construction.

The ruling affirms a lower court's dismissal of a lawsuit by opponents of the more than $5 billion project.

Rail opponent Honolulutraffic.com says there's little likelihood of prevailing in any further legal action, so it is ending the legal fight.

The project is scheduled for significant construction work this year. Work resumed last fall in west Oahu after a yearlong court-ordered hiatus.

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