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(Wed., Oct. 12, 2011)—The City and County of Honolulu will be able to purchase approximately 33 new buses with a $12 million federal grant from the State of Good Repair Initiative.

The money, which is administered by the Federal Transit Administration at the U.S. Department of Transportation, will help purchase 40-foot clean diesel buses and reduce the average age of buses in the City fleet.

“We’re very grateful to the U.S. Department of Transportation and to Hawaii’s congressional delegation,” said City Managing Director Doug Chin. “This grant will further enhance our City’s nationally recognized bus system.” 

“These federal funds will help our ongoing efforts to maintain a reliable bus fleet and to improve fuel economy and reduce engine emissions through continuously purchasing new buses to replace those approaching the end of their useful life,” said Department of Transportation Services Director Wayne Y. Yoshioka.

            The City will match the federal grant with approximately $3 million in local funds. The new buses are expected to arrive about 18 months after the federal and procurement procedures are completed.


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