(KHNL) - Leeward commuters, get your sea legs ready! Oahu's new commuter ferry service starts up for the first time Monday morning. But today many got a chance to check out the new service, named "The Boat".
Hundreds of people toured TheBoat. Starting Monday morning she will ferry her first passengers from the Leeward side to the Aloha Tower. There is pomp and circumstance surrounding Oahu's new ferry service.
A service that never really caught on in the past. But organizers and riders say this time it's different
Mayor Mufi Hannemann announces, "You get up in the morning and you have choices of travel."
Maeda Timson Chair of the Makakilo, Kapolei neighborhood board recalls, "I rode it back in 2000 and the problem was once we got off we had to figure out to get to work, now everything is connected, it's the best thing that can happen."
Mayor Hannemann assures everyone, "I said what we are going to do is, we are going to connect the busses to the ferry service."
The Royal Hawaiian Band plays local favorites as everyone is welcomed aboard. Her maiden voyage launches the City and County's new service simply known as TheBoat.
Walter Nihipali commented on his first impressions, "I kinda expected something a little more updated, it looked a little bit older. But inside the interior is all new, nice chairs and tables."
Spacious seating for 149 passengers. Visitors can make themselves comfortable on the open air upper deck and take in the views on their trip.
The Nihipali's live in town so commuting is out but they think it would be a fun adventure.
Bobbi Nihipali says, "We may want to try it for a one time fun thing. It might be a good tourist thing you never know, get a bunch of family together go from Waianae into town."
The cost of the ride is two dollars or the bus pass. But it costs more than that for the City to operate the ferry.
But some Leeward commuters say you can't put a price on a smooth commute. "Yeah it's great, I'm so happy about we have such horrible traffic."