TheBoat riders react to final voyage

HONOLULU (KHNL)- The city unveiled "TheBoat" as a way to alleviate some of the traffic congestion. But now, budget cuts are docking the ferry.

The project was started to see how the boat coordinated with the bus allowed commuters to avoid that dreaded bumper to bumper traffic. Now, the City and County of Honolulu is saying "so long" to the hour-long ferry service.

"The captain always comes down first," said Honolulu Resident Richard Alcantara.

It's Richard Alcantara's routine.

"4 to 5 times a week," said Richard Alcantara.

He picks up his wife Aurelia.

"There she is, my lady in red," said Richard Alcantara.

He's self-employed out of his westside home, she works downtown.

"How was the ride?," said Richard Alcantara.

For sightseers it's a shame, but for those that depend on it, TheBoat ceasing service is devastating.

"My heart broke," said Boat rider Aurelia Alcantara.

The halt will hit family finances hard. Starting next week, Aurelia will have to drive to work or carpool. She says her transportation costs will go up 50%.

"Gas is rising up again and maintaining the vehicle," said Aurelia Alcantara.

"Three dollars a gallon compared to 2 dollars a ride, 4 dollars a day," said Richard Alcantara.

TheBoat averages about 300 passengers a day. It's taken a total of more than a 100,000 from Kalaeloa Harbor to Aloha Tower since it started in the fall of 2007.

"The numbers we were carrying were very happy satisfied customers, it just wasn't quite enough," said Boat Captain Chris Allen.

For riders like Aurelia that means seeing how she can afford getting from "a" to "b" without the service, but for now there's a more pressing issue.

"Transformers at 8? Yeah I prefer to go to the movies than cook," said Richard Alcantara.

The city says it will expand other services to accommodate boat riders. For now, it's final run is Tuesday, June 30th. But, officials haven't ruled out it's return in the future.