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10,000 RIDE TheBoat


In just the first six weeks of service, more than 10,000 passengers have used the City and County of Honolulu’s new intra-island ferry service, “TheBoat,” to make their morning and evening commutes.

“We are happy that so many people have chosen to use this new service,” said Mayor Mufi Hannemann.  “TheBoat is providing our residents with a choice they never had before, a choice to use a ferry linked to bus service.  I’ve always said we are looking to offer people options in an integrated, multi-modal transportation system, and I’m pleased that they are taking advantage of ‘TheBoat.’”

The 10,000th passenger was among those on this afternoon’s 4:20 pm run from Aloha Tower to Kalaeloa.  “TheBoat” was launched on September 17th with one vessel.  A second vessel was added the following week, when the service was provided free of charge.  Since then, the City has added features such as free WiFi service and free parking at both Kalaeloa and in Kapolei.

“Our hope is that people who haven’t yet had the opportunity to ride TheBoat do so,” Hannemann said.  “It is an excellent way to avoid the congested freeway.”

TheBoat is a demonstration project run by the city’s Department of Transportation Services with a $5 million grant from the federal government.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

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