Bus fares set to increase Jan. 1

(Via Star-Advertiser)

Honolulu bus fares are going up, starting Jan. 1, 2018.

The one-way fare for an adult will increase by 25 cents to $2.75, as well as $10 more to $70 for a monthly pass, which is good for unlimited usage on regular and Express! service during the month purchased.

Monthly, one- and two-year bus pass rates will change starting Wednesday, Dec. 20, with the sale of the passes valid on Jan. 1, 2018. Annual adult passes, available from TheBus’s pass office at Kalihi Transit Center, will increase to $770 from $660.

Te Honolulu City Council approved the increase in bus fares earlier this year to help recoup funds as well as to comply with a policy requiring between 27 percent and 33 percent of its revenue come from bus fares.

The one-way fare for youth ages six through 17 will remain the same at $1.25. The monthly youth pass, however, increases from $30 to $35 starting Jan. 1. Children five years and under are still free when accompanied by a fare-paying passenger and not occupying a seat.

No changes were made to one-way fares for seniors and persons with disabilities, who pay $1. However, monthly fees for seniors and persons with disabilities will go up to $35 from $30 for the one-year pass, and to $70 from $60 for the two-year pass.

Transfers were discontinued Oct. 1, and replaced with a one-day pass good for rides all day. The price for a one-day pass will increase to $5.50 from $5 starting Jan. 1.

For more information, visit thebus.org.

Source: Star-Advertiser

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