A free trolley to help you with holiday shopping is the latest effort from HART to support businesses impacted by rail construction.
Officials on Sunday presented another promotion, offering two shuttles to nearly 100 businesses along the rail construction route.
A previous promotion, “Shop & Dine Down the Line,” was created a few months ago to push more people to shop at businesses that suffered during rail construction.
People KHON2 spoke with thought it was a great idea, but many weren’t aware this promotion was available.
It included free parking at Aloha Stadium, and a free ride to shopping centers in Pearl City and Aiea.
Now HART is rolling out “Shop, Dine and Shuttle,” a holiday trolley and mini-bus. HART says it is optimistic this time around.
“It’s a much more easier way for people to enjoy the holidays, do some errands and support local businesses during these tough times as construction goes along major highway corridors,” said HART Deputy Executive Director Brennon T. Morioka.
But are businesses optimistic about the new transportation promotion?
KHON2 got off one of the trolley stops to see how businesses along the Shop & Dine route are doing.
“It’s not really helping us out,” said Sheena Arca, manager of Shiro’s. “There’s no difference. The customer comes here, eat Saimin, they don’t even ask us about Shop and Dine down the line.”
Still, Hart officials gave Shop & Dine another go on Sunday, the goal is to make it permanent.
“Even though you may not live in the area, come here, come to Pearl City and Aiea and help support businesses who are going through some tough times during construction, because we’re all in it together,” said Morioka.
Sunday’s free holiday shuttle was a “trial run,” if it’s popular, HART officials will continue with the promotion.
Councilmember Joey Manahan says if it goes well, we could see a similar shuttle on Dillingham Boulevard in the future.