HONOLULU — The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is granting a request to expedite a hearing on whether Honolulu rail construction can continue.
Rail opponents are appealing a December ruling allowing construction on the west end of the $5 billion rail line.
Opponents asked the court to expedite the hearing. They hope the court will decide before construction is set to resume in September.
The court granted their expedited hearing request Friday. Oral argument in San Francisco is scheduled for the week of Aug. 12.
The appeals process can normally take three months to several years.
Friday's order also denies the city's motion to dismiss the appeal.
Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation CEO Daniel Grabauskas says the ruling is procedural and has no bearing on the merits of the city's case.