Goodbye, bus passes. New 'HOLO' cards to be used for buses, rail

Updated: Mar. 27, 2018 at 10:13 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - One card for everything.

That's the point of the new HOLO card, which will be used to ride TheBus and the future rail system.

"The word holo means to ride, to go, to glide or to flow and that is really the dream to have one card that can get you on anything," said Jon Nouchi, deputy director of the Department of Transportation Services.

Starting next month, Oahu Transit Services will start installing HOLO card readers on its fleet of buses. It costs adults $5 to ride TheBus for one day. The HOLO card eliminates bus passes, can be used on HandiVans and will be used for the future rail system.

"You move between the bus and the rail and you don't have to worry about paying a fare each time. It just gives you a complete sense of freedom," said Andrew Robbins, executive director of HART.

City planners say users will be able to load the cards from your phone or bank account.

Bus drivers say they like the new system because it'll help prevent fraud.

"With the monthly bus pass, people are fraudulently making their own bus pass that's one of the biggest things we have right now," said Linda Martos, who trains bus drivers.

Mayor Kirk Caldwell said the HOLO card is part of an integrated transportation system which he hopes will include Biki bike share and has many potential applications for city transactions.

"I want to make sure that it is integrated with Biki. We've just begun the discussions. I believe it will at some point. I don't want to say when," said Caldwell.

HOLO card test runs start this summer and the city hopes to have the $23 million program fully operational early next year.

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