TheBus changes schedules due to school bus cuts, public feedback

 UPDATED 5:35 PM HST Jul 16, 2012
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HONOULU -

Honolulu's Department of Transportation Services announced Monday that it will increase bus service to assist riders affected by the State Department of Education cutting back its school bus service.

The increased city bus service will begin Monday, July 30 on the following routes:

Federal rules prohibit the city from providing bus service exclusively for school service, but the city may increase bus service in areas where students will most likely ride city buses.

The Department of Transportation Services is targeting areas where ridership is expected to increase due to the DOE’s termination of certain school bus services.

"By utilizing projected fuel cost savings, we are proactively working to ensure that students along with our regular riders won’t be stranded when school starts later this month," said Wayne Y. Yoshioka, Department of Transportation Services director.  "Hopefully, this will bridge the gap until the DOE can formulate a more permanent solution to their school bus problem."

The Department of Transportation Services has also made the following updates at minimal cost in response to feedback from riders about recent city bus route and schedule changes:

The city will continue to monitor routes impacted by these recent changes and update them as practicable.  Many riders have already provided comments and as a result, certain suggestions have been incorporated.

To provide specific route feedback, e-mail DTS at TheBusStop@honolulu.gov or call 768-8365 during business hours.

Increased labor costs and fuel cost projections during the city’s budget cycle led to the implementation of certain service changes on June 3, according to the city.  Officials said these changes were necessary to avoid increasing bus fares, and to manage operations efficiently.

Changes focused on off-peak time periods.  Peak period bus service was mostly left unchanged.

The Department of Transportation Services conducted extensive outreach prior to the June 3 implementation and continues to speak to community groups and riders in preparation for additional route changes scheduled in August.

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