Honolulu's award winning transit system has one of the country's oldest fleets. So, they're retiring the last of the dinosaurs-- and introducing 18 new diesel buses.
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell gave the city's newest buses a test drive so to speak operating the ADA access ramp. Kirk Caldwell showed off the wheels to the press, that will replace 18 aging buses around Oahu.
According to the Mayor, "The average age of a bus for our fleet is 9.6. The buses being retired are almost 20 years old. These are old timers, work horses. They've served their time."
The bus will get get plenty of mileage out of these 18 buses, purchased with 20 million in federal funds, and 10 million from taxpayers.
"This bus will probably have close to a million miles on it" says Roger Morton of Oahu Transit Services. "More than a million on the bus. We have some that have a million on the original engine."
The new additions to the city bus fleet have all the bells and whistles. We're talking mobile surveillance, fuel efficiency and also air conditioning. Morton adds, "We think these buses will get 10-15 percent better fuel economy than the buses they're replacing."
The new ones will hit the road island wide next week. Mayor Caldwell says, "They're going to be on the road by the end of October. They're going to have great AD accessibility, led signs, cameras on the bus for security reason. All the things you expect from an award winning bus service."
These are the last of 68 new buses, bought with federal transit authority grants, to keep one of the nation's oldest fleets, up to speed.
Another bus update to report. All King street stops between River street and Richards street will re-open this Saturday-- to coincide with the closure of Hotel street for the Hallowbaloo Music and Arts Festival.