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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 8:58 a.m., Monday, April 2, 2007

Expanded Kaua'i Bus services start today

Advertiser Staff

Several changes in the operation of Kaua'i Bus services will take effect today.

Among the most significant changes will be establishing regular hourly service Monday through Friday on selected routes including:

  • Kekaha to Lihu'e, route 100 — 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

  • Lihu'e to Kapa'a, route 500 and 550 — 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Lihu'e/Airport/Courthouse shuttle, route 70, which circles Lihu'e from Kukui Grove Center to the Airport — 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    "Now bus service will be available every hour on the hour on these routes, which will make it really convenient for people," Janine Rapozo, Kaua'i County's acting director of the Offices of Community Assistance said in a news release.

    Another change that's forthcoming is the expansion of the Kapahi, route 60, and Lihu'e, route 70, shuttles. These routes had been offered only on Saturdays. Starting today they will be available Monday through Saturday.

    "We're also going to establish hubs at the Kapa'a Ball Park Pavilion, Lihu'e Big Save and the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center, where transfers can be made with minimal waiting time," Rapozo said.

    New bus stops will also be added including the Vidinha Stadium, Kaua'i War Memorial Convention Hall, and the Kilauea Neighborhood Center.

    To streamline eastside routes, the Kojima Store bus stop will be eliminated and replaced by a stop at the Kapa'a Neighborhood Center parking lot.

    "One of the main objectives in coming up with some of these changes was to fully service all of our after-school programs," Rapozo said. "So we added a number of stops to achieve this."

    Included on the list of stops available Monday through Friday for participants in after-school programs are the following schools — Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle, Kapa'a Middle and High, Kaua'i High and Waimea Canyon, along with the Hanapepe Neighborhood Center, Waimea Boys & Girls Club, and Waimea Nr.

    Coinciding with the expansion of services is the release of new bus schedules that are printed on different colored paper based on bus routes:

  • Hanalei, routes 400 and 500 — golden rod

  • Kapa'a-Kapahi, 450, 550 and 60 — yellow

  • Kekaha, 100 and 200 — blue

  • Koloa-Poi'pu, 300, 350 and 30 — green

  • Lihu'e, 70 and lunch shuttles, 1 to 12 — pink

  • Wailua, 800 and 850 — orange

    "I think that color coding the routes will make it easier for everyone to see the schedules at a glance," Rapozo said, noting that the new schedules are available on all buses, at all neighborhood centers, public libraries, and hospitals, as well as on the county website, www.kauai.gov.

    The new schedules can be picked up at various businesses around the island, including Foodland in Princeville, all Menehune Food Marts, most Big Save stores, the Lihu'e Airport information center, Kaua'i Community College library, K-mart, Kukui Grove Center management office and Wal-Mart.

    For additional information about the Kaua'i Bus, call 241-6410 or visit the county website, www.kauai.gov.