20 aging buses in Kauai Bus fleet to be replaced

Kauai mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. and members of the Kauai Bus ohana after a blessing by "Uncle" Thomas Takahashi. Photo: Courtesy Kauai County.
Kauai mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. and members of the Kauai Bus ohana after a blessing by "Uncle" Thomas Takahashi. Photo: Courtesy Kauai County.

Next week, Kauai is set to replace 20 aging buses in the Kauai Bus fleet. The new buses will include nine (31 seats) going on commuter routes, six (21 seats) on multiple routes and five (14 seats) assigned to paratransit routes.

Like previous acquisitions of county buses in recent years, the new buses were purchased with an 80/20 matching State of Good Repair (SGR) grant from the Federal Transit Administration. The FTA provided $2,167,778 and the county’s share was $541,944.

“We truly appreciate the support of our congressional delegation as it was largely through their efforts that Kauai received the State of Good Repair grant,” said Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. “Having the new buses will improve the reliability of our transit services, as well as reduce the expense of frequent repairs required with older vehicles.”

The Kauai Bus operates Monday to Friday, 5:15 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., depending on the route. On Saturdays, Sundays and most holidays, it runs on a reduced schedule. No bus service is offered on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

For more information, call 246-8110 or click here.

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