FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 30, 2003
NEW PROCEDURES FOR SENIOR AND DISABLED BUS PASSES
Senior and Disabled Passes and ID Cards Will Have Photos of Purchaser; New Senior Annual Passes On Sale Oct. 6
Department of Transportation Services Director Cheryl Soon announced today (September 30) several new procedures for senior and disabled passengers related to the new fare structure.
1. New senior and disabled passes and identification cards will contain a photo of the purchaser. Processing centers will be created for this purpose. The first center will be opened next week in the Hawaii Suite at the Neal Blaisdell Center. Hours will be 7 a.m. to 3 p.m from Oct. 6 to 10. At this same location, DTS personnel will be on site to sell senior annual passes for $30 each.
2. Seniors may purchase a senior identification card for $10 starting Oct. 6. The card allows seniors to pay a reduced rate of $1 per ride, or use a $5 reduced monthly pass/sticker, which is placed on the back of the card. In lieu of the identification card, seniors and the disabled may use their current annual pass as identification only until the date of its expiration.
3. Senior biannual passes that expire in September will be honored until Nov. 1, 2003.
4. Seniors with a valid two-year pass may use that pass until Nov. 1 to provide ample opportunity to choose which new pass they prefer. Seniors who do not purchase one of the offered passes will be charged the normal fee of $2 for each bus ride.
5. Passengers with valid disabled passes do not have to resubmit medical verification of their disability.
6. Biannual passes will be refunded on a pro rata basis based on the value of the time remaining. Refund application forms are available from all satellite city halls. The completed form should be returned by mail to the Department of Transportation Services, 650 S. King St., 3rd floor, Honolulu, HI 96813.
For further information, visit the city’s Web page at www.co.honolulu.hi.us/dts or call