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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 9, 2004

 

 

OTS TO OPERATE KAIMUKI-KAPAHULU-WAIKIKI TROLLEY

 

Oahu Transit Services, Inc. (OTS) will begin operating the Kaimuki-Kapahulu-Waikiki service for the City on October 1, 2004, replacing the trolley service that had been provided by private operators since August 2000.

 

According to Cheryl Soon, director, Department of Transportation Services, the route number will be 303 and the destination sign will read Kaimuki-Kapahulu-Waikiki (KKW).

           

            The KKW service will follow the same route that is currently operated by the private operator E Noa with the exception of traveling on Kuhio Avenue instead of Kalakaua Avenue. Since the service will be provided by TheBus, fares will be the same as they are for all other bus routes, $2 per ride or riders may use their city bus pass.

 

            The new route will be served by 30-foot Opus buses on these days and times:

 

            Monday through Thursday:  every hour from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.    

            Friday and Saturday:  every half hour from 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

            Sunday:  every half hour from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

 

            The KKW service will stop at many of the same stops that the KKW trolley used and will have a special KKW service sign to designate its stops.

 

            During the recent budget process, the City Council required that $240,000 from the OTS budget be used for this route. The only way to provide the service within the budget constraints was to move it from a private operator to TheBus. The private operator was not only paid $240,000 for the service but was allowed to keep all cash fares.

 

            The city will use its own buses and not have to hire additional drivers, Soon said.

           

 

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Thursday, September 09, 2004

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