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                             Public Communications Division
                             Department of Customer Services
                             City & County of Honolulu
                             523-4385 
                                                                                                                                                              

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - JANUARY 18, 2002 

Rainbow Colors for TheBus

            Look for something new in comfort and design in the City’s bus fleet.

             Two new 30-foot Opus Coach buses sporting a fresh new color scheme reflective of our unique island environment and aloha spirit were unveiled at Honolulu Hale today. .

             The “rainbow” color scheme will be used on all new buses purchased by the City, Mayor Jeremy Harris announced. Ten Opus Coach buses, manufactured by Chance Coach of Wichita, Kansas, are now part of the City bus fleet and will be used on community circulator routes.

             The Federal Transit Administration, USDOT, has funded 80% of the $268,000 purchase price. The new low-floor bus is designed for easy access and includes spacious seating, larger windows and a powered wheelchair ramp.

            Its 30-foot length is small enough to negotiate narrow community streets and still carry up to 54 riders. The coach is constructed of modular bolted aluminum that combines remarkable structural strength with low overall weight.

            The rainbow color scheme will be used on all new buses as part of an effort to modernize the City’s transit system. Recent service improvements include the Hub and Spoke and Express service.  Large-capacity articulated buses, in service on the successful CityExpress! and CountryExpress! Routes, are also using this color scheme. 

            Sandy Hiraoka of Hiraoka Designs developed the design and color scheme and Fleet Street Graphics of Honolulu “wrapped” the buses with the new rainbow design..       Providing remarks at the press conference were City Council Chair Jon Yoshimura; Council Transportation Committee Chair Duke Bainum; Edward Thomas, Associate Administrator; Research, Demonstration & Innovation at the Federal Transit Administration; Bill Millar, President of the American Public Transportation Association, and Reba Malone, Vice President of Market Development at Chance Coach, Inc.

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Tuesday, July 09, 2002

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