DOT funds to help the garden island

U.S. Reps. Colleen Hanabusa and Tulsi Gabbard announced that Hawaii will receive more than $17 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation for airport improvement projects statewide.

About $3.5 million will go for the State of Good Repair Program, which will purchase replacement buses for Hawaii, Maui, and Kauai counties.

The new buses will also have improved access for mobility passengers and patrons with bicycles.

“We are delighted to receive word about the funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation and appreciate the role that our Congressional delegation played in obtaining the funds,’ said Mayor Bernard Carvalho, Jr.

The money will cover 80 percent of the cost of replacing 12 old buses, and enable the county to provide riders with comfortable, new buses.

“Having reliable buses is essential in our efforts to improve public transportation on Kauai and attract more riders,” the mayor said.

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