TheBus - Rail Integration
News Release from DTS, May 4, 2023
The City and County of Honolulu’s Department of Transportation Services (DTS) is working with local communities, other agencies, and experts in public transportation to develop Honolulu’s first Bus-Rail Integration Plan (BRIP).
With the first segment of passenger service coming up, DTS is planning to have a unique opportunity to redesign and reimagine Honolulu’s TheBus network in a way that works for residents and visitors alike. The Bus-Rail Integration Plan will help us to achieve that vision while minimizing redundancies in the overall transit network and keeping operating costs low.
What Bus Routes are Changing?
For the first phase of the BRIP, most changes to bus routes will be improvements to the frequency and availability of service with slight changes to the route alignment. There will also be new routes, to provide direct connections to the rail line. No Peak Express bus routes are affected in preparation for passenger service.
The biggest change will be Route A, which will terminate at Pearlridge rather than extend into Waipahu, and no longer serve the Middle Street Intermodal Center and King Street. This shorter route will create a direct, high-speed and high-frequency (every 10 minutes during peak hours/15 minutes during off-peak hours) connection between rail, downtown Honolulu, and the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Riders traveling from Waipahu can catch a train, then transfer for free to Route A at Aloha Stadium Station. Riders destined for Middle Street Intermodal Center and King Street will be able to catch Route 1L starting at Aloha Stadium.
For a complete visual map of TheBus and Rail system:
When Will These Changes Happen?
The first segment of passenger service between East Kapolei and Aloha Stadium is planned to begin in 2023. To prepare for this major milestone, DTS is planning to add new routes and modify select TheBus routes to better connect riders with the rail. These changes will happen immediately prior to the first segment of passenger service opening. Additional changes to TheBus network will correspond with the opening dates of future operating segments of rail.
For More Information
DTS, in partnership with Oahu Transit Services, Inc. (OTS) will provide more information about the Bus/Rail Integration Plan when more information becomes available.
For TheBus fare, routes, schedule information, and planning, visit www.thebus.org or call (808) 848-5555.
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