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Honolulu Donates Buses to Big Island

June 30, 2017, 9:29 AM HST
* Updated June 30, 9:32 AM
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(L–R) Hawai‘i County Mass Transit Administrator Curtis Sharp, Mayor Kirk Caldwell, O‘ahu Transit Services General Manager Roger Morton, Honolulu Transportation Services Deputy Director Jon Nouchi.

The City & County of Honolulu donated seven buses from Honolulu’s TheBus fleet to Hawa‘i County’s Hele-On bus fleet on Thursday, June 29, 2017.

The donated buses were built in 1997 and have been retired from Honolulu’s fleet, but are still in working condition.

Similar buses are capable of running for over a million miles and are still used for daily TheBus operations.

The donated buses will be replaced in Honolulu by new 40-foot buses purchased using a combination of local and federal funds.

The City and County of Honolulu has regularly provided retired TheBus vehicles to Maui, Kaua‘i and Hawai‘i Counties.

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Transit officials from all counties in the state meet regularly to collaborate on best practices, service strategies and other opportunities.

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O‘ahu Transit Services maintenance personnel have kept thorough maintenance records of these vehicles and are turning over these records, preventative maintenance schedules and service manuals to ensure Hele-On’s maintenance team a successful transition into their fleet.

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