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State receives federal funding to improve bus systems

August 9, 2012
The Maui Weekly

Pacific Business News - Hawai'i will receive more than $9 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation for bus transit on four islands. Maui County will receive $1 million to purchase large vehicles compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act to replace current buses.

The City and County of Honolulu will receive $5 million to replace many of its aging 60-foot articulated buses with clean-diesel vehicles.

The Kaua'i Bus System will receive $1.24 million to replace aging vehicles.

The state will use $1.2 million to replace three Hele-On vehicles on Hawai'i Island with three new 49-passenger buses. And the state Department of Transportation will receive $800,000 to construct bus shelters and implement ADA improvements for 10 bus stops on Hawai'i Island.

The funding is part of $787 million that U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced on July 23 for 255 projects to modernize and replace aging transit facilities and vehicles in 48 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.



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