TheBus Routes Resolution Related to proposed changes in The Bus routes

Overview: The 2018 Windward TheBus Routes Redesign Guide for Public Review and Comments has a section entitled: “What we Want You to Know” with items of relevant community concern including a statement that “There have been no changes to TheBus system in the last 30 years”. While this statement is factual in nature, it does not yield community goodwill if the community involved is not consulted at the beginning of the design-think process. The Bus is an integral part of the daily lives of many in our communities and communities deserve, in fact require, involvement at the earliest possible stages. Effective community integration at the onset of planning mitigates many concerns and gets the conversation rolling at the grass roots level. The Kāne‘ohe Neighborhood Board #30 resolves the following:

WHEREAS, recently, the relevant community concerns that were voiced at Kāne‘ohe, Kahalu’u and Kailua Neighborhood Boards along with specific issues addressed by each board, indicates the necessary initial community consultation was not obtained; and

WHEREAS, the continued existence and success of TheBus largely depends on a combination of relevant service to locations, ridership and effective timing of routes; and

WHEREAS, public health and awareness programs promote a more active lifestyle to include more walking, bicycling and efforts to reduce traffic by using alternate means such as TheBus; and

WHEREAS, without sensible route management and timing that affects the day-to-day use by those who choose bussing over personal vehicles, will return to the transportation option that best suits their employment, recreation or socializing choices; and

WHEREAS, the proposed transfers at Aikahi Shopping Center will add at least 30 minutes to the commute time into Honolulu and will have a profound effect on students attending Kalaheo High School; and will greatly impact workers timetables who rely on the bus to get to their jobs in Honolulu; and

WHEREAS, the routes on the Likelike Hwy that terminate at the Kalihi Transfer Station will require additional transfers thereby adding additional transit time for riders; and

WHEREAS, the suggested location of a Kāne‘ohe transfer station on Kawa Street is accessed from a highly travelled Kahuhipa Street which will further impact traffic in that area and does not provide for a park and ride area; now therefore

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Kaneohe Neighborhood Board strongly recommends the Kaneohe bus transfer station be located on Alaloa Street Mauka of the Windward Mall where parking can be made available and traffic is not as affected; and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED bus routes be designed to minimize the need for transfers to facilitate ridership to Honolulu and Waikiki during peak hours; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that TheBus consider shift workers in Honolulu and Waikiki who depend on TheBus with infrequent routes after 10pm; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that this resolution be distributed to the Mayor of the City and County of Honolulu, Director of Transportation Services, TheBus Director, and all Neighborhood Board Chairpersons.