Double check your route: TheBus rolls out some changes

Double check your route: TheBus rolls out some changes

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - TheBus has made changes to dozens of routes across Oahu.

The changes went into effect Sunday. Among some of the major routes impacted include the City Express Route A and the Country Express route E.

The most major changes were made in Windward Oahu, especially for the Kaneohe, Kailua and Waimanalo areas.

“This is our largest bus service improvement package in ten years,” said Jon Nouchi, the deputy director of the city’s Department of Transportation Services.

Nouchi said many routes in the area had not changed since the 1970′s.

Most of the windward routes were meant to get people to and from the downtown area.

“I grew up on the windward side, and one of the hardest things to do was always to get between Kailua and Kaneohe, and it shouldn’t be that hard,” said Nouchi.

Many of the new windward area routes were modified from older routes that would travel from downtown and snake their way through the Kailua and Kaneohe areas, such as the old route 56.

“The 56 used to go everywhere. And then by that same virtue it took forever to get everywhere. So what we did was we cut up a lot of the routes into more efficient pieces and hopefully we’ve made it easier for people to get around,” said Nouchi.

The Department of Transportation Services spent two years working on the changes, and had spent several weeks trying to get the word out on bus destination signs and with new printed guides for passengers.

Even so, it’s a huge change for riders, who spent the day confronted with new route numbers and destinations. Bus drivers, who were also getting used to the changes, got a lot of questions from people asking if they were getting on the right bus.

“Was a little confusing," said regular bus rider John Libby in Kaneohe. “The bus went straight by Bayview and didn’t turn up into the subdivision, so it’s new. New to me.”

“It was alright, it was okay,” said Lahela Kama, another regular rider. “We’re just trying to get used to the bus routes. Had a couple of bus drivers who were like, ‘Don’t worry about it.'”

Libby and Kama were waiting at bus stops on Kawa Street near Windward Mall, where several of the new routes now converge at a major transfer hub.

The city is also looking to use the new routes to connect windward residents with rail stations on the other side of the Koolau range.

“The routes 61 and 66, which service both Kaneohe and Kailua respectively, and hook them up to the nearest rail stations in Kalihi and downtown,” said Nouchi. Route 61 will permanently use the Likelike Highway instead of the Pali.

While there was some confusion, rider John Libby said he likes the change.

“It cut down the commute a lot, your know?” he said. “Last week it was three hours, almost three hours. And today it’s a little less than an hour. That’s good.” Libby said that included time waiting for a bus.

The real test of the changes will come Monday, when regular weekday commuters return to work or school.

See the full list of changes below:

Route A, City Express!

Route resumes service at Waipahu Transit Center.

Extra service provided on Saturdays only when University of Hawaii football games are being played at Aloha Stadium.

Route E, CountryExpress!

Route resumes service at Waipahu Transit Center.

Route 23, Ala Moana – Sea Life Park

Route is renamed. Daily schedules are adjusted.

Route 32, Kalihi – Pearlridge

Extra service provided on Saturdays only when University of Hawaii football games are being played at Aloha Stadium.

Route 40, Honolulu – Makaha

Route resumes service at Waipahu Transit Center.

Route 41, Kapolei – Ewa Beach

Saturday and Sunday schedules are adjusted.

Route 42, Ewa Beach – Waikiki

Route resumes service at Waipahu Transit Center.

Route 43, Waipahu – Honolulu – Alapai

Route resumes service at Waipahu Transit Center.

Route 51, Honolulu – Wahiawa

Daily schedules are adjusted.

Route 52, Honolulu – Mililani – Haleiwa

Daily schedules are adjusted.

Route 56, Honolulu – Kailua – Kaneohe

Route is discontinued and replaced by routes 61, 66 and 651

Route 57, Kailua – Waimanalo – Sea Life Park

Route is discontinued and replaced by route 67

Route 57A, Kailua – Enchanted Lake

Route is discontinued and replaced by route 673

Route 60, Honolulu – Kaneohe – Haleiwa

Route is modified to service Kawa Street. Daily schedules are adjusted.

Route 61, Kalihi – Kaneohe – Aikahi

New routing and daily schedules.

Route 65, Honolulu – Kaneohe – Ahuimanu

Route is modified to service Kawa Street. Daily schedules are adjusted.

Route 66, Downtown – Kailua – Aikahi

New routing and daily schedules.

Route 67, Honolulu – Kailua – Waimanalo – Sea Life Park

New routing and daily schedules.

Route 69, Kaneohe – Waimanalo – Sea Life Park

Route is modified to service Kawa Street. Daily schedules are adjusted.

Route 70, Lanikai – Maunawili

Route is discontinued and will be replaced by routes 671, 672 and 674.

Route 86, Windward Express – Haiku

Route is modified to service Kawa Street.

Route 89, Waimanalo – Kailua Express

Route is modified, weekday and State Holiday schedules are adjusted.

Route 99, Wahiawa – Mililani – Waipahu – Kapolei

Route resumes service at Waipahu Transit Center.

Route 413, Campbell Industrial Park

Route is modified to service Lauwiliwili Street in Campbell Industrial Park.

All-day service on Weekdays and State Holidays.

Route 415, Kapolei Transit Center – Kalaeloa

Daily all-day service is implemented.

Route 432, East – West Waipahu

Route resumes service at Waipahu Transit Center.

Route 433, Waipahu – Waikele Shopping Center

Route resumes service at Waipahu Transit Center.

Route 434, Waipahu – Village Park

Route resumes service at Waipahu Transit Center.

Route 651, Kaneohe Circulator

New routing and daily schedules.

Route 671, Kailua – Lanikai

New routing and daily schedules.

Route 672, Kailua – Maunawili

New routing and daily schedules.

Route 673, Kailua – Enchanted Lake

New routing and daily schedules.

Route 674, Kailua – Aikahi

New routing and daily schedules.

Route PH4, Kaneohe – Kahaluu – Pearl Harbor Express

Route modified to service Kawa Street.

Route W1, Waipahu via Farrington Express

Route resumes service at Waipahu Transit Center.

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