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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 6, 2003

 

 FIRST NEW BUS PASSES FOR SENIORS AND DISABLED ARE ISSUED

           Over 1,500 seniors and disabled bus riders got their new bus passes and identification cards today at the processing center set up by the Department of Transportation Services at the Neal Blaisdell Center.

           The second processing center at TheBus Office, 811 Middle Street, handled several hundred persons.

           DTS Director Cheryl Soon said many bus riders had to be turned away due to the overwhelming numbers who chose to come down on the first day of processing.

           Tomorrow, the processing center at Blaisdell Center will serve only those who were turned away today. They were given an application form and asked to return Tuesday.

Soon reminds senior and disabled bus riders that their current passes are good until November 1. “There’s no need to rush down to the processing centers,” Soon said.

She also points out that current senior and disabled bus passes can be used as identification cards until their expiration date allowing the rider to board for $1. Riders can also show their medicare cards as an ID.

            Processing hours at Blaisdell Center are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. TheBus Office is open from 7:30 a.m to 3:30 p.m.

            Next week, DTS will continue its processing operation at Blaisdell Center from Oct. 14-17 but also move into the community to serve those who cannot come into town. The schedule is as follows:

            Oct. 13, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wahiawa District Park, Pearlridge Satellite City Hall and Windward Mall.

            Oct. 14, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Waimanalo District Park, Pearlridge Satellite City Hall and Windward Mall.

            Oct. 15, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Makua Ali’I Senior Citizen Center, Pearlridge Satellite City Hall and Windward Mall.

            Oct. 16, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Kaneohe Community Center, Pearlridge Satellite City Hall and Windward Mall.

            Oct. 17, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Pearlridge Satellite City Hall and Windward Mall.

            From Oct. 21-24, DTS will operate the processing center again from the Blaisdell Center.

            DTS is looking for additional sites in the community where seniors and disabled riders can process their ID cards and purchase their bus passes.  Additional information on processing sites will be available on the city’s web page: www.co.honolulu.hi.us/dts

 

 

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Monday, October 06, 2003

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