Hawaii receiving over $5 million to expand bus service

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Over $5 million in federal transportation funds are heading to Hawaii, mainly to expand bus service on the neighbor islands. Senators Akaka and Inouye announced the US Department of Transportation grant Friday.

"These federal funds will allow Kauai, Maui and the Big Island to invest in new buses and improve service for neighbor island residents.  Buses help families, commuters, and the environment by providing greater accessibility, reducing traffic congestion, and lowering overall pollution," said Akaka.

The money will be administered through the state Department of Transportation and will be used to buy new buses and for transit enhancements. An additional $196,000 will go to Honolulu to buy two additional Handi-Vans.

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