Taken for a Ride: Hawai‘i’s runaway school bus costs

Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part story. See an upcoming edition of The Garden Island for the next part. Visit www.civilbeat.com for more stories from this series.

In 2009, Hawai‘i taxpayers paid Roberts Hawai‘i $200 a day to operate a bus route serving Kohala Elementary and High schools on the Big Island.

Roberts had held the contract for a few years, after it won the bid by undercutting two other bus companies.

But when that contract expired, no other bus company stepped up to compete, and the Hawai‘i Department of Education agreed to pay Roberts’ new asking price. This time it was $584 — a 190 percent increase — to do the same job.

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