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City increasing bus service to help students

Wayne Yoshioka Wayne Yoshioka
Shirdawn Julian Shirdawn Julian
Ray L'Heureux Ray L'Heureux
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

EWA (HawaiiNewsNow) - The 41 bus, Kapolei to Ewa Beach, will run more frequently during hours when public school students go to school, same with the 44, 53 and 73.

"We will just insert a bus or two. And because these are relatively short routes, they can actually traverse the route, turn around, come back and keep on re-circulating," city Department of Transportation director Wayne Yoshioka said.

TheBus could help nearly 900 students who lost school bus service for the upcoming school year, including about 150 at Ewa Makai Middle School, and another 100 at Campbell High School, where Shirdawn Julian's older daughter, Shayann, will go. The 41 could also take her younger child, Shaylynn, to school.

"I was just talking to my husband about catching TheBus with them to see where the routes go," Julian said. "If I feel it's safe I'll try it."

"It's going to be scary. There's more and bigger people," Shayann said.

The routes being increased travel near 13 campuses in four complexes -- Campbell, Kapolei, Pearl City and Waipahu.

"This is a community issue. Everybody's got skin in this game. We're all there to make sure we've got the safe, effective transportation of our students," said Ray L'Heureux, assistant superintendent of school facilities for the Department of Education.

The DOE cut school bus service to about 2,000 students to help close a $17 million shortfall for student transportation.

"If we can get all together and get that school bus back together, that would be great," Julian said. "Until then we can't do anything about it."

Yoshioka said the city is stepping in so students aren't left stranded.

"We really feel that this is something we can do on an interim basis to help DOE out. I'm not sure how long we can maintain this service," he said.

The increased service starts July 30, the first day of school.

 

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