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Vanpool Hawaii postpones rider fee increase

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Vanpool Hawaii is giving its riders one more month before they may need to raise their rates.

The state operates the service and announced that a subsidy will end on June 30.

According to Vanpool Hawaii, rates could increase as early as August.

About 1,600 customers pay $65 per month for a seat in one of the 323 Vanpool Vans around the state. The monthly fee includes free roadside assistance, vehicle insurance, maintenance and repairs and 24-hour on-call customer service.

"Keeping vanpooling affordable is imperative to it remaining an attractive transportation alternative. We are continuing to work with the state to find a way to tap available federal funds that will allow us to keep vanpoolers' monthly fees to a minimum," executive director of Vanpool Hawaii Vicki Harris said. "Due to the nature of accessing federal funds, we must work with either the state or city government to qualify, and this may take six months or more."

For more information, please call (808) 596-VANS (8267) or 1-800-VAN-RIDE. You may also visit www.VanpoolHawaii.com.

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