The city is in the running for a grant to get a fleet of all new electric buses.
These buses would add to the hybrid electric bus fleet that you see around Waikiki.
The federal Tiger Grant would provide the city’s transportation department with $25 million for the new buses, and to revamp bus routes.
If the grant is approved, how much would the city have to kick in?
What else is the city doing to improve bus service?
If you’re in a wheelchair the bus stop at the corner of Monsarrat Avenue and Paki Avenue might be a little difficult to get to. That’s why Deputy Director of Transportation Services Mark Garrity says the city is planning on putting in a new sidewalk system to bring it up to the standards required by the Americans with Disability Act.
That is just part of the plan to update the city’s bus stops.
“We actually have a plan to install lighting at some of our shelters using solar power and we hope to put that in place sometime next year. We also have a plan to add some signage real time bus arrival information signage to our bus shelters in the future,” said Garrity.
You may have seen or ridden in the city’s hybrid busses that drive around Waikiki. The city has applied for a $25 million federal grant that would add 18 fully electric busses to it’s fleet. If the grant is approved Garrity says 80 percent of the funds would come from the federal government, “The hybrid busses are quiet and the way they work is they actually go into an idle mode when there at the stop so there quieter cleaner and more efficient, but by going to battery electric it will be 100% clean 100% quiet buses for the first time here so were excited about that.”
The grant would create a whole new electric bus route the city says will work in conjunction with the Ala Moana and Kakaako rail stations. With construction starting in 2018 or 2019. The new electric route would provide service between Ala Moana and Waikiki every 2-4 minutes. It would also have a seven-mile loop serving Makiki, UH Manoa, McCully, Moiliili, and Kapahulu.