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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 28, 2007
Release No. M-70-07
CITY GETS $3 MILLION
TO LAUNCH COMMUTER FERRY SERVICE
Mayor Mufi Hannemann today announced that the City has executed a $3-million grant agreement with the Federal Transit Administration for the commuter ferry service linking Kalaeloa on Oahu’s west side with downtown Honolulu. This federal grant allows the City to prepare and operate the ferry demonstration service, beginning this summer.
Mayor Hannemann said, “At long last, we’re ready to begin our intra-island demonstration ferry that will give commuters an alternative to rush-hour traffic congestion. It’s part of our multimodal approach to transportation, where we offer a variety of transit choices to residents, whether it be the bus, ferry, or other modes of public transportation. When our fixed guideway system begins, and we combine that with the transit-oriented improvements to encourage walking and bicycling, we’ll only build on the foundation we’re creating today with this new ferry service.”
Hannemann credited U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye for backing the ferry project, saying, “We’ve come this far because of the staunch support of our senior senator, who has been with us from the beginning.”
Two vessels will be operating during the year-long project, the Melissa Ann and the Rachel Marie. The ferries will carry passengers from
Unlike the previous ferry demonstration, a
The two 72-foot vessels, which are identical, can carry up to 149 passengers and are wheelchair-accessible. The vessels with have space to carry about 10 bicycles on-board.
The tentative ferry schedule is as follows:
Morning (3 trips)
Depart Kalaeloa Arrive Aloha Tower
5:30 a.m. 6:30 a.m.
6:00 a.m. 7:00 a.m.
8:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m.
Afternoon (3 trips)
Depart Aloha Tower Arrive Kalaeloa
4:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.
6:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m.
Morning bus shuttle service (reverse direction in afternoon):
Villages of Kapolei to ferry pier
Makakilo to ferry pier
Aloha Tower to
Aloha Tower to Waikiki via
Melvin Kaku, Director, 768-8303
Bill Brennan, 527-6928
|Thursday, June 28, 2007|