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NEW BOAT JOINS CITY’S COMMUTER FERRY SERVICE  

 

The City’s Department of Transportation Services announced today that a new vessel has been added to its popular ferry service between Kalaeloa and Aloha Tower, called TheBoat.

 

The 81-foot Catalina Adventure was built last year and is expected to be more comfortable and reliable than an older vessel that has plied the route since the City launched ferry service 15 months ago.

 

The Catalina Adventure is also more fuel efficient and provides a more comfortable ride. The vessel will replace the 20-year-old Rachel Marie. A third vessel, the Melissa Ann, will remain.

 

The City held a blessing for the Catalina Adventure today at the Aloha Tower pier.

 

“We’ve worked very hard to provide commuters with pleasant alternatives to clogged freeways and traffic jams,” said City Transportation Director Wayne Yoshioka. “We look forward to smooth sailing with the Catalina Adventure.”

 

TheBoat has carried more than 83,000 passengers since service began in September of 2007. Each ferry can carry up to 149 passengers per trip, and includes a snack bar, restrooms and free Wi-Fi access for laptop computers.

 

The ferries are integrated with a network of feeder buses that carry passengers to and from the piers at each end, connecting communities as far away as the Leeward Coast with final destinations such as Waikiki and the University of Hawaii-Manoa. Passengers pay a single fare to ride the ferry and buses. The adult fare is $2.

 

In August, the bus service was expanded to Makaha and to Kaupea and Kapolei Knolls in Kapolei.

 

Passengers may also be dropped off at the piers, and there are 23 free parking stalls available at the Kalaeloa pier on a first-come-first-available basis for vehicles arriving with two or more occupants. More free parking is available nearby at the Kapolei Home Depot parking lot along the Kapolei Parkway frontage, connected to the pier by a shuttle bus.

 

For further information, including schedules for TheBoat and TheBus routes, go to www.trytheboat.com.

 

Media contact: Department of Transportation Services Director Wayne Yoshioka, 768-8303

Friday, December 19, 2008

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