HONOLULU (KHNL)- Starting Monday the City and County of Honolulu is expanding both shuttle bus service for passengers of the commuter ferry, TheBoat as well as hiring private bus companies for the UH Football Express a bus service for University of Hawaii football fans.
"UH football is very much a part of our island life and culture, and we're glad to assist in any way we can," said Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann.
Last season the City had operated 10 UH Football Express routes, carrying over 4,000 passengers. This year due to a revised definition of charter service the Federal Transit Administration ruled that public transit agencies receiving federal funds cannot operate charter service in competition with private bus companies.This new ruling prompted the City to take action.
City Transportation Director Wayne Yoshioka was applauded by Mayor Hannemann for pulling together private transportation services to fill the void left by the FTA's ruling.
UH Athletics Director, Jim Donovan is very pleased that UH football fans will still have a transportation option.
"We're very grateful to Mayor Hannemann for reaching out to help solve this dilemma," said Donovan.
TheBoat shuttle bus service for West Oahu and Ewa Beach residents will also expand.
The F11 shuttle will go as far as Makaha Towers.The F12 Makakilo shuttle will continue as far as Kapolei Knolls near the golf course; and the F13 will include service to Kaupe'a in Kapolei.