TheHandi-Van is a public transit service for persons with disabilities who are unable to use the City's bus service, TheBus. TheHandi-Van service is generally available islandwide, Mondays through Sundays from about 4 am through 1 am. All-day service (24 hours per day) is available in areas located within ¾ mile of TheBus Routes 2 and 40. PDF maps of the service area around Route 2 and Route 40 can be found here: Service Area Around Route 40 Service Area Around Route 2.
TheHandi-Van fare is $2.00 per one-way passenger trip.
Advanced reservations are required. Passengers are picked up at the nearest and safest point next to the curbside of the public street address requested. They are dropped off at the nearest and safest point next to the curbside of the requested destination address.
TheHandi-Van is not a taxi and there will be other riders in the vehicle. Also, TheHandi-Van does not provide ambulance or emergency type service. If you require emergency services, please call 911.
How Do I Apply?
Effective October 14, 2009, individuals applying for TheHandi-Van paratransit service will no longer be required to submit long, paper applications. A new, more personalized approach to eligibility determination will make it easier for applicants to discuss their situations with trained Mobility Coordinators who will help identify public transit options. Individuals who are interested in using TheHandi-Van service will participate in an in-person interview during which their abilities to use TheHandi-Van and TheBus will be assessed.
What Information do I need at my In-Person Interview?
HOW WILL I KNOW I AM ELIGIBLE?
You will receive a letter informing you whether or not you qualify for TheHandi-Van. If you qualify, you will also receive more information about TheHandi-Van service at that time.
How Do I Become Eligible To Ride TheHandi-Van?
ADA Paratransit Information
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) requires fixed-route bus systems to provide paratransit (curb-to-curb) service to eligible persons who, because of a disability, are unable to use the regular bus system.
The Department of Transportation Services (DTS) operates TheBus, fixed-route bus transit, and TheHandi-Van, paratransit, through contracts with a private management company.
Eligibility for paratransit service is based upon a person's inability to use the regular TheBus service due to their disability.
Persons visiting TheHandi-Van service area who provide documentation of ADA paratransit eligibility from another area will automatically be eligible for TheHandi-Van paratransit service for a period not to exceed 21 days per 365 day period. If the person plans to remain in the area longer, he/she must go through the eligibility process which has been established for residents.
Right to Appeal
Persons who are denied eligibility for TheHandi-Van paratransit services have the right to appeal the decision. A request for appeal must be filed in writing within 60 days of the receipt of the denial of the application.
A copy of the appeal process is available from the DTS during regular business hours at the DTS offices.
Mail appeal form and direct inquiries to:Department of Transportation Services
City & County of Honolulu
Frank F. Fasi Municipal Building
650 South King Street, Third Floor
Honolulu, Hawai'i 96813-3017
Please note that TheHandi-Van Rider's Guide is only intended for those whose applications for TheHandi-Van service have already been approved by DTS.
If you are an approved TheHandi-Van rider, you should have received a copy of the Rider's Guide along with the notification of your TheHandi-Van eligibility. If you have misplaced your copy or would simply like another, please use one of the links below to download the Rider's Guide. You may also request a replacement hard copy by calling TheHandi-Van Operations at (808) 768-8300.
TheHandi-Van Rider's Guide Downloads:
- TheHandi-Van Rider's Guide 2011 (PDF Version)
- Rider's Guide 2011 - MS Word
- TheHandi-Van Rider's Guide – Revised May 2013 (MP3 Audio Version)
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