LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - Newer and more reliable transportation is coming to transit riders in Kauai County.
The Garden Island reports that the county purchased 20 new buses that will be used to replace older ones in the Kaui Bus fleet. The total number of buses will remain unchanged at 56.
The buses were purchased with help from the Federal Transit Administration, which paid 80 percent of the total cost. The agency provided $2.3 million and the county paid close to $592,000.
Mayor Bernard Carvalho, Jr. says the new buses will improve the transit system's reliability and reduce expenses brought on by repairs for the older vehicles.
Transit riders will also see fare prices increase starting July 1. The monthly fare will increase by $5 and the annual pass will increase by $50.