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MAYOR HANNEMANN SUSPENDS THEBOAT
TheBoat is a passenger ferry service operated by the City and
Mayor Hannemann said, “The City has gained invaluable hands-on experience with ferry operations for the next go-around. We linked TheBoat and TheBus to demonstrate the effectiveness of a multimodal transportation system and offered a welcome commuting alternative for
“As I noted in my state-of-the-City address, I am a staunch supporter of multimodal transportation, which includes the bus, this ferry, and rail transit that breaks ground later this year. However, given our fiscal condition, we needed to take a critical look at all expenditures, and I directed the Department of Transportation Services to complete an evaluation of the service. That’s led to my decision to terminate the project and redirect the money to increasing the homeowners’ tax credit proposed in the Fiscal Year 2010 budget, as well as to offering additional bus service to accommodate those riding TheBoat.
“I have not ruled out a return of TheBoat in the future. Should an Ewa terminus become available, which would open a new market and cut commuting time, we’ll be ready to act promptly to resume the service.”
TheBoat has carried about 110,000 passengers since its inception on September 2007, averaging about 270 riders per day. Despite an early vessel reliability problem, TheBoat has enjoyed a 95-percent on-time and in-service performance.
Community response has been positive and those who ride TheBoat have reported in surveys that they like the service. Despite its popularity among commuters, ridership on TheBoat hovered around 30 percent of capacity. Increasing ridership hinged on obtaining a western terminus located in Ewa instead of at
TheBoat offered commuters amenities such as guaranteed seating, bathrooms, a snack bar, free wifi, and a chance to see marine life and spectacular scenery all for the price of a single bus fare.
Wayne Y. Yoshioka, Director of Transportation Services, 768-8303