Amid rental car shortage, tourism authority explores enhancing public transportation

(Source: KEYC)
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Published: May. 28, 2021 at 10:24 PM HST|Updated: May. 30, 2021 at 10:27 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - With a huge increase in visitors traveling to Hawaii, officials are brainstorming ways to provide transportation accommodations for visitors amid a rental car shortage.

The Hawaii Tourism Authority said the state’s rental fleet dropped more than 40% during the pandemic.

With the shortage of rental cars, some visitors are renting U-Haul or other moving vehicles.

To combat the issue, Hawaii Tourism Authority President and CEO John De Fries said he is exploring the idea of enhancing public transportation.

”My hope is on every island, we will be taking a serious look at how to improve public transportation so that accessibility is not only by adding rental vehicles onto the roadway, but enhanced public transportation systems are also part of that solution,” De Fries said.

While visitors scramble to find transportation, HTA urged travelers to be mindful of rental car scams.

De Fries advised that visitors should seek transportation options at resorts if they are unsure of certain rental car promotions.

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