LOS ANGELES -- Mayor Frank Fasi of Honolulu has scheduled a special session of the city council for Wednesday to try to revive a crucial excise tax increase for a proposed $1.7 billion rail transit system.

The council dealt a stunning blow to the rail project last week by voting 5 to 4 against the proposed 10-year excise tax increase. The increase, to 4.5% from 4%, would help fund the local share of the 17-mile project.

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