HILO, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Gas Prices have been soaring across the nation and the Big Island is no different. Ranging from about $4.50 to $4.73 - prices show no sign of slowing down. Moped and bike sales are up while bus transit and taxi use have increased as well. Malika brings you the story from the island of Hawaii.
Shared ride taxi coupons are available for purchase all year long at the Mass Transit Agency, 1266 Kamehameha Avenue, Room A2, Hilo or at the Downtown Improvement Association, 329 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo.
The coupons are subsidized by the county, allowing the taxi companies to receive reasonable payment for providing cab rides while giving the customer a reduced rate. The most economical package is a booklet of 15 coupons for $30. Also available are booklets with 10 coupons for $25 and 5 coupons for $15.
One coupon is good for four miles of travel and two coupons are good for nine miles of travel, provided the travel is within urban Hilo or Kailua-Kona. Any distance beyond that covered by the coupons must be paid for in cash.
Eight taxi companies participate in the program. They are Ace One Taxi, Ali'i Taxi, Bay City Taxi, Bobby Taxi, Hot Lava Taxi, Marthysha's Taxi and Percy's Taxi in Hilo and J & A Taxi in Kailua-Kona.
For more information about purchasing discount taxi coupons, call the Mass Transit Agency at 961-8744.
For more information on the FREE Hele On Bus system click HERE.
Malika Dudley will have stories all week from the Big Island airing both in the morning and at night.
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