BY CLIFF SLATER FOR HONOLULUTRAFFIC.COM – U.S. District Chief Judge Susan Oki Mollway writing, “On behalf of the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii,” charged that HART, in its latest Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, “fails to give adequate consideration to the Beretania Street Tunnel Alternative.”
The Hawaii Federal Judges’ move, according to former Hawaii Federal Judge Walter Heen, a plaintiff in our lawsuit, was unprecedented not only in Hawaii but also, it appears, nationally. University of Hawaii Professor Randall Roth agreed. State Senator Sam Slom characterized the Federal Court’s action as, “An elegantly written judicial smackdown for both HART and the City Council.’
The judges further criticized the plan because instead of its final destination being UH Manoa, its original intention, it stops at Ala Moana Center (They could have added, what has the Center to do with rush hour traffic congestion? It doesn’t open until 9:30 AM).
The Federal Court’s letter is worth reading in the original.
We had a press conference on Thursday morning to discuss this matter and had the following coverage in the media: