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Bus fares may increase, some by more than 200%

HONOLULU (KHON2) - A new bill before the Honolulu City Council seeks to increase bus fares in 2019, some by more than 200%.

Under the proposal, single fares for adults and youth could see a modest increase of 25 cents increasing fares to $3 and $1.50, respectively. 

One-day fares for adults and youth would be increased by 50 cents. 

Single and one-day fares for seniors and persons with a disability would remain unchanged.

However, the pass prices for passengers that fall into those categories would be exponentially increased under the new proposal.

Annual passes for seniors and persons with a disability would go from $35 to $110, an increase of 214%. 

Annual pass prices will also be hiked for adults, going from $770 to $880. 

Youth annual passes would be increased by $55 to $440.

The increases are based on recommendations by the Honolulu Rate Commission on the Department of Transportation Services. 

The following tables show the proposed price changes, which would be effective Jan. 1, 2019:

Passenger Category ID Card (new or renewal) Single Cash Fare Standard One-Day Pass Fare Monthly Bus Pass Fare Annual Bus Pass Fare Single Cash Fare Special Event
Adult Not applicable $3.00 $6.00 $80.00 $880.00 $8.00
Youth Not applicable $1.50 $3.00 $40.00 $440.00 $8.00
Child Not applicable $0.00

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

$8.00
Person with Temporary Disability under ROH Section 13-2.2 $10.00 for two years or duration of temporary disability specified by a healthcare professional, whichever is less (only needed for single cash fare, one-day pass, or monthly pass) $1.00 with valid temporary disability ID card $2.00 with valid temporary disability ID card $10.00 with valid temporary disability ID card $110.00 $8.00
Person with Permanent Disability under ROH Section 13-2.2 $10.00 for four years (only needed for single cash fare, one-day pass, or monthly pass) $1.00 with valid permanent disability ID card $2.00 with valid permanent disability ID card $10.00 with valid permanent disability ID card $110.00 $8.00
Person with Paratransit Eligibility ID Card under ROH Section 13-4.3 $0.00 $1.00 with valid paratransit eligibility ID card $2.00 with valid paratransit eligibility ID card $6.00 with valid paratransit eligibility ID card $66.00 with valid paratransit eligibility ID card $8.00
Personal Care Attendant (PCA) Not applicable $0.00 when performing PCA service

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable

$0.00 when performing PCA service

Senior Citizen

$10.00 for four years (only needed for single cash fare, one-day pass, or monthly pass)

$1.00 with valid senior citizen ID card $2.00 with valid senior citizen ID card $10.00 with valid senior citizen ID card $110.00 $8.00
Medicare Cardholders Not applicable $1.00 $2.00

Not applicable

Not applicable

$8.00

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