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More changes coming for TheBus

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The city Department of Transportation calls it a "major modification" to bus routes serving Waikiki, Kahala, KaimukiI, Aina Haina and other areas on the East side of Oahu.

Transportation director Wayne Yoshioka said the busses affected by the changes are the 2, 3,  4 and 9, which will discontinue direct service into Palolo Valley. "What we've done is we've taken that Palolo Valley loop and detached it from the number 9," he said.

Another bus will assume that section and drop off passengers who need to catch the 9  on Waialae Avenue.

Other routes being altered are the 13, 14, 18, 19 and 22.   Some riders will lose direct routes.

"It's potentially that they may have to transfer an additional time. So instead of one transfer they may have two," Yoshioka said.

Lyle Bullock of the Kaimuki Neighborhood Board expects riders in his area to initially complain after the changes begin on August 19. "That's when they'll realize what's the impact on their time schedule of getting to work, going to get groceries, going to see the family," he said.

This round of modifications is the second phase. The first began in June.

"I think initially there will be some disorientation as people try to get used to these changes. But once they see them they're going to really like them," Yoshioka said. "If something is not working right, we're certainly going to adjust."

The city estimates the adjustments will save up to $7 million in annual operating costs.

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