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Vanpool Hawaii state funding to discontinue June 30

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Vanpool Hawaii recently notified its vanpoolers that the state Department of Transportation will end its funding in support of the program beginning June 30.

According to the DOT, the funding cannot continue in the current fiscal environment.

The 17-year-old ridesharing program caters to more than 1,600 vanpoolers across the state.

"While we are expeditiously working to control operational costs, we are simultaneously working with the state to find a way to tap available federal funds that will allow us to keep customer monthly fees down, thereby keeping the program a competitive transportation option that helps to reduce the number of cars on Hawaii roadways," executive director of Vanpool Hawaii Vicki Harris said.

Following the Lingle Administration, the DOT paid $3.7 million for 14 months to keep the program alive.

Despite the loss in funding, Vanpool Hawaii looks to continue its services.

The company will hold an informational meeting for its vanpoolers on Thursday.

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