Storm shuts down TheBus and other services on Oahu

Storm shuts down TheBus and other services on Oahu

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - TheBus and Handivan riders finding out they'll have to make other transportation plans as Iselle is shutting down all routes island wide.

Iselle hasn't hit, but it's already making an impact. Namely to the thousands of people who ride TheBus or Handivan every day.  Both services will be closed starting at 10 pm Thursday and all day Friday. Many will have to figure out how they will get around town.

Starting at 10 p.m. Thursday, the city will begin running special bus evacuation routes to the ten shelters the American Red Cross will open Thursday night.

"That's a good question because I catch the bus almost every day so I don't know what I'm going to do on Friday," said Tiazze Taito, bus rider from Makakilo to Kalihi.

"I'm probably going to have to ask another friend who lives on the side I live to catch a ride with," said Jacob Lealamanua, bus rider from Waikele to Kalihi.

"I have an alternative to ride on my private car," said Liza Elido, bus rider from Waipahu to Kalihi. "I understand why the bus company canceled TheBus."

Starting Thursday at 4:00 pm all Honolulu city parks and campsites will be closed until further notice. Fees will be refunded and park events will be canceled.

Neighborhood board meetings on Friday will not happen.

City road work will be stopped and construction contractors are being told to secure their work sites.

City offices will be open for now although that could change.

Trash pickup is on schedule for Thursday. Friday and Saturday are still up in the air.  The city will make a decision at noon tomorrow if service will be interrupted, but be prepared to pull your carts and bulky waste back onto your property.

"Even my own house I put mine out this morning and if they didn't pick it up I have to pull it back. We're not sure if our guys are going to be able to pick them up," said Lori Kahikina, Honolulu Department of Environmental Services Director.

"Part of the reason too is if we do have sustained 40-50 mph some of that bulky item material could become a projectile. It can blow into something. Another reason is for safety concerns," said Kirk Caldwell, Honolulu Mayor.

The City doesn't like disrupting service, but it also doesn't want to see anyone hurt.

TheBus will say "Evacuation" on the front and you can flag it down from any safe spot on the route not just a bus stop.  It will take you to a shelter for free with your pet that is in a carrier or on a leash.  Those shelters open at 10 pm Thursday night.

For more information about the 10 shelters on Oahu


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