Federal judge urges reconsideration of rail route
HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii federal court judge says Honolulu officials should reconsider a planned city rail line that ends at a shopping mall instead of the University of Hawaii’s Manoa campus.
Judge Susan Oki Mollway in a letter Monday on behalf of the court says a tunnel path under Beretania Street should be considered as a more prudent route.
The rail route is the subject of a federal lawsuit.
The Honolulu Star Advertiser (http://bit.ly/12lP3Yt) reports Mollway and other Hawaii judges have recused themselves from the case. They say a route near the court building poses a security risk.
A report by rail officials last month said tunneling under Beretania Street would be too expensive.
Mollway says she’s surprised her letter caused a stir and that judges were speaking in their administrative role, not a judicial role.