Frequent bus riders on Kauai are encouraged to purchase bus passes before the new rates take effect on July 1.
The price for a monthly pass will increase from $25 to $30 and the price for an annual pass will rise to $300 from $240.
Officials say the six-month bus pass will no longer be available come July 1.
Bus passes can be purchased at the following locations:
- Lihue Civic Center, Kapule Building, Treasury Division, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Pono Market in Kapaa
- Menehune Food Mart: Kilauea, Kapahi, Lawai, and Kekaha
The six-month and annual bus passes are only available at the Kauai Bus office located at 3220 Hoolako Street in Lihue.
Transportation officials say the increase in cost is necessary to cover a portion of the major changes in services offered over the last few years.
“We expanded our operations by about 35 percent adding Sunday service and extending hours on weekdays,” Transportation Executive Celia Mahikoa said. “In addition, we hired a consultant to design shelters for all of our bus stops, and are scheduled to build several bus stops later this year.”
Other changes were made including three additional runs for the Kapahi shuttle to make the service hourly and restructuring of the Koloa shuttle schedule to provide hourly service.
Also starting July 1, the Koloa ball park bus stop will change from a regular stop to an on-call stop.
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