Open house on Kauai Bus next week

LIHUE — The public is invited to share their ideas about the future of The Kauai Bus next week.

“We are developing strategies for the next five years via the Kauai Short-Range Transit Plan and would like to hear from the public on what improvements they would like to see in The Kauai Bus system,” said Transportation Executive Celia Mahikoa.

The SRTP covers topics including a fare analysis, financial assessment, and technology. The areas of focus are Lihue and the Westside.

In conjunction with the SRTP, the Kauai Transit Feasibility Study is also underway.

That study is looking at the vital role that transit plays in a comprehensive strategy to address congestion on the island, especially on the North and South shores and the Eastside.

When the two plans are merged, Kauai will have an islandwide public transit plan.

Funding for the SRTP is provided through a $200,000 grant from the Federal Transit Administration, while the remaining $50,000 is covered by the County of Kauai.

The open houses are scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. at the following locations:

• Jan. 31 at the Kapaa Neighborhood Center

• Feb. 1 at the Lihue Neighborhood Center

• Feb. 2 at Easter Seals Hawaii, Waimea Service Center.

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