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(Wednesday, June 26, 2009) -- The Department of Transportation Services announced that the last day to ride TheBoat will be June 30, 2009.  Due to the current economic situation, TheBoat is being terminated to redirect funding to other core services.  


TheBoat is a demonstration passenger ferry service that runs between Kalaeloa Harbor and Aloha Tower during peak workday traffic periods.  TheBoat has carried about 110,000 passengers since its inception on September 2007, averaging about 270 riders per day. 


“I have not ruled out a return of TheBoat in the future, and the City has gained invaluable hands-on experience with ferry operations,” Mayor Mufi Hannemann said. “Should an Ewa terminus become available, which would enable us to expand our market and cut commuting time in half, we’ll be ready to act promptly to resume the service.”


At the same time, TheBus will be terminating the companion F-shuttle services for TheBoat, but will expand services and seating capacity to accommodate former boat riders on other alternative express and route options.


Contact: Wayne Y. Yoshioka, Director of Transportation Services, 768-8303