Honolulu Drops Bus Rapid Transit Route

Nearly empty hybrid buses being reassigned to other, more crowded routes, in part because buses had trouble negotiating hills between Honolulu and Waikiki.

Published: 26-Jan-2005

ONG>HONOLULU -- The nearly empty hybrid buses the city placed on a new route from downtown Honolulu to Waikiki are being reassigned to a more crowded route.

KITV 4 News first reported the new, expensive buses were scarcely used after they debuted in late November.

Bus drivers joke that the "E" in the city's E-Route stands for empty because so few people ride the new buses. However, the city will discontinue the route starting as soon as next Tuesday.

The electric buses cost more than $750,000 a piece. Ten of them are running on Route E at about 30 percent capacity. Starting Feb. 1, the city is reassigning the buses to its more crowded Route A, which runs from Waipahu to the University of Hawaii.

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