Honolulu Public Transit Awarded $5 Million for 10 Replacement Buses

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Photo: Emily Metcalf
Photo: Emily Metcalf
Photo: Emily Metcalf

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) announced that the City and County of Honolulu will receive a $5 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to maintain Honolulu’s bus system.

“Investing in Honolulu’s bus system means that the many residents who depend on it to get to school or work every day will continue to have an affordable way to get around,” Senator Schatz said.  “This funding will maintain Honolulu’s buses, easing traffic congestion and cutting commute times.”

The funds will be used to purchase 10 60-foot articulated diesel replacement buses. Honolulu’s TheBus system currently operates 111 60-foot articulated buses, with an average system-wide annual ridership of 73.8 million passenger trips.

The FTA’s State of Good Repair Program aims to maintain and improve America’s buses and bus facilities.  This grant program provides federal funding to ensure public transit systems across the country operate safely, efficiently, reliably and sustainably so that communities can offer balanced transportation choices.
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  1. a five million dollar grant from the federal government to purchase 10 buses? that comes to $500,000 per bus. is senator schatz involved in money laundering? some of that FTA money may end up lining the pockets of the government union officials that represent the bus drivers,mechanics,etc that work for TheBus.some of the money may end up with senior company officials.and some no doubt will eventually end up in senator schatz's re-election campaign committee.is this cronyism,corruption and vote buying?TheBus company has a monopoly on multi-passenger bus sevices thruout the island with stops and pick-ups allowed. and heavy tax-payer subsidies.in a free open market,public transportation would not need government funding.

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