Several city bus routes restored after last year’s cuts

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Complaints from O’ahu’s TheBus riders who’ve suffered from reduced or cancelled routes and overcrowding as a result of last year’s budget spending cuts are being answered.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, was joined by Transportation Services Director Michael Formby, and Oahu Transportation Services President/CEO Roger Morton announced a series of improvements to TheBus service starting next month, including restoring several routes that were cancelled in an attempt to save money.

Officials say they identified the areas where disruption in service caused the public the most hardship. Officials say some of the cuts did make sense and save money, which is why not all routes will be restored.

The improvements will roll out in March, May and August. Though only the March and May routes are secured by money in this year’s fiscal budget. The August additions and all routes during the 2014 fiscal year will need final budgetary approval from the City Council.

Improvements to the following routes will go into effect on March 23:

*CountryExpress Route C (Makaha to Kapolei to Ala Moana Center)
Restore weekend and holiday service frequencies from every 60 minutes under the cuts to every 30 minutes.

*Route 14 (St. Louis Heights viaWaialae Ave to Maunalani Heights)
Restore weekday peak service from St. Louis to Maunalani via Waialae from every 108 minutes to every 40 minutes; more frequent transfers.
Restore original Diamond Headroute for weekday off-peak and weekend service; restore frequencies from 108 minutes to 60 minutes.

Improvements to the following routes will go into effect in May:

*CountryExpress Route C (Makaha to Kapolei to Ala Moana Center)
Restore weekday mid-day service from every 45 minutes to every 30 minutes

*Route 55 (Ala Moana Center viaKaneohe to Haleiwa)
Improve mid-day service frequencies from every 60 minutes to every 45 minutes

*Route 1L (Kalihi to Hawaii Kai)
Extend Route 1L to provide limited-stop service along theSchool Street corridor previously served by Route B

*Route 2L (Kalihi to Waikiki)
Add additional weekday peak hour trips

*Route 5 (Manoa to Ala Moana Center)
Improve morning peak hour frequencies from every 60 minutes to every 30 minutes

Improvement to the following route will take place in August (pending Council approval):

*Route 13 (Liliha via Waikiki to UH-Mānoa)
Restore service frequency to from every 20 minutes to every 15 minutes

Approximately 200,000 people take TheBus everyday.