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November 15, 2004




            Honolulu’s new hybrid electric transit vehicles will roll out on Thursday, November 18, launching a new bus route from Iwilei to Kakaako to Waikiki and back.


            “This occasion marks another significant step for Honolulu along the path to sustainability,” said Mayor Harris.  “These hybrid electric vehicles protect our environment because they are cleaner, quieter and more fuel efficient than conventional diesel buses.”


            The new 60-foot, low-floor articulated buses emit 90 percent less air pollution, use 50 percent less fuel and are ultra-quiet.  These hybrid electric buses are called E-Transit because much of their power comes from electricity generated by the buses themselves.  The new hybrid electric bus will be on display at the Brunch on the Beach next Sunday, November 21, 2004.


            Oahu Transit Services (TheBus) will operate TheTransit, and fares and transfers will be the same as all other routes operated by TheBus.  TheTransit’s first and last buses will depart at the following times:


  • Weekdays/State Holidays
    • Aala Park to Waikiki:  5:00 a.m. to 11:35 p.m.
    • Waikiki to Aala Park:  5:33 a.m. to 12:08 a.m.


  • Saturdays
    • Aala Park to Waikiki:  5:30 a.m. to 11:35 p.m.
    • Waikiki to Aala Park:  6:03 a.m. to 12:08 a.m.


  • Sundays
    • Aala Park to Waikiki:  6:00 a.m. to 11:35 p.m.
    • Waikiki to Aala Park:  6:33 a.m. to 12:08 a.m.


Look for the special TheTransit/E-Express Route signs at key stops:

      • Aala Park/King Street
      • Aala Park/Beretania Street
      • Hotel/River Streets
      • Hotel/Bishop Streets
      • Bishop/Queen Streets
      • Aloha Tower
      • Alakea Street/Aloha Tower
      • Ala Moana/South Street
      • Ilalo/Coral Streets
      • Kewalo Basin
      • Auahi/Kamakee Street
      • Ala Moana Center
      • Hobron Lane
      • Kalia Road/Paoa Place
      • Saratoga Road
      • Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center
      • Waikiki Beach
      • Kapiolani Park/Zoo
      • Kuhio Avenue/Liliuokalani Street
      • Kuhio/Seaside Avenues


New shelters are located at both the mauka and makai stops at Coral and Ilalo Streets, the East-bound stop at the intersection of Auahi and Kamakee Streets, the Kapiolani Park/Zoo stop and the stop at Seaside and Kuhio.  The new shelter at Kapiolani Park/Zoo stop on Kapahulu Avenue is a replica of the old Honolulu trolley stop in the Kapiolani Park.


 The transit stops at Ilalo/Coral Streets (mauka and makai), Auahi/Kamakee Street (mauka and makai), and Kuhio Avenue/Liliuokalani and Kuhio Avenue/Seaside Avenue feature raised curbs for level boarding with the buses.  Kuhio Avenue has been transformed into a pleasant new tree lined and pedestrian friendly environment that integrates the new bus service.  


The Department of Transportation Services and Oahu Transit Services will distribute flyers to riders on routes that connect with the new E-Express Route to help people better understand the convenience of this new transit service.


For more information on the new service, call 848-5555.




Monday, November 15, 2004

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