HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Starting Wednesday, a plantation-inspired electric tram ― and not a fleet of shuttle buses ― will ferry passengers between Kahului airport’s terminal and its rental car counters.
The new mode of transportation was part of a $340 million project at the airport that also included the construction of a three-story rental car center.
That facility includes rental car offices, customer service counters, car wash bays and maintenance and mechanic stations. It also has 3,700 parking stalls for rental car companies.
The project also included the installation of a sustainable water feature.
The tram system, meanwhile, actually features two trains that will carry passengers about a half mile each way. The capacity for each tram: 38 people with their luggage.
The trams will have three stops: One at the airport terminal and two at rental car counters. The full trip ― from the rental car facility to terminal and back again ― takes about six minutes.
“Kahului is the second busiest airport in the state and the people of Maui deserve a facility of this caliber. Our team found a way to add functional beauty to the project without adding to the cost,” said state Department of Transportation deputy Director Ross Higashi, in a news release.
“I am proud of this project and everyone who worked to build it on time and on budget.”
Construction for the project kicked off in 2016. The work was funded solely by a rental car fee.