Riders are complaining of crowded conditions as more people turn to the bus.
Anthony Barcenilla comes into town by bus every day from Kapolei.
"I noticed especially on the express bus that I catch, a lot of times in the morning it is standing room only," said Barcenilla.
His hunch about more bus riders was confirmed by the latest ridership figures released Wednesday.
Oahu Transit Services said ridership is up 2.5 percent over the same time last year, with an additional 5,396 daily riders.
OTS says other factors that could have affected lower ridership in March 2011 include bad weather, and the aftermath of the Japan earthquake and tsunami when there were fewer visitors from Asia.
Nanakuli resident Kahle Miller gave up driving to Honolulu because of the cost of gas.
But she said the bus ride has been rougher, because of the crowds.
"Two of our buses were taken out of our route so people are complaining. We have a long commute and it’s not easy to do when you have to stand the whole ride," Miller said.
Jon Katayama has been taking the bus for several weeks since his car has been in the shop for extended repairs.
He says it has been an eye-opening experience. Katayama has noticed longer delays particularly when there have been more riders with wheelchairs or bicycles.
"It makes it a little bit more difficult as far as timing and stuff, so it takes a lot longer," Katayama said.
Katayama, who has to make two transfers to get to school, is looking to get back in his car and leave behind lost time and crowded conditions, even with the high price of gas.
City Transportation Services director Wayne Yoshioka said soaring diesel prices are putting the squeeze on the bus system, as well.
“What we are trying to see is, how do we adjust to this, to make it more efficient and to make full use of the buses? That does require some compromise, and we hope people are understanding,” said Yoshioka.
The city is in the process of revamping its routes.
A series of community meetings is underway. Riders are being urged to provide input about the proposed changes, before they take effect later this summer.