Oahu bus route changes proposed to avoid fare hike

HONOLULU (AP) - Changes to some Oahu bus routes are being proposed to save on operating expenses while avoiding fare hikes.

Riders have until May to comment on the plan.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser (http://bit.ly/I0anNy ) reported Friday some proposed changes to take effect this summer will decrease the frequency of service while most will move routes to different streets, while eliminating two routes.

Route 231 in Hawaii Kai is slated to be eliminated, which is a circulator between Koko Marina and Hahaione Valley. Route B from Kalihi to Waikiki will also be eliminated, but a similar route will compensate with increased service.

Officials are looking at increasing frequency for the Waianae Coast, where ridership is particularly high.

Ridership is on the rise and Hawaii's gas prices are the highest in the nation.

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