Hearing set on Young Brothers rate hike request

The state Public Utilities Commission has scheduled public meetings relating to its review of Young Brothers LLC’s request for approval of a general rate increase of approximately 34% over revenue at present rates.

A hearing is scheduled at 4:30 p.m. today at the Lihue State Office Building, conference rooms 2019 B and C, 3059 Umi Street.

“The commission will investigate whether the proposed revenue increases, changes in rate schedules and rules, and other matters proposed in Young Brothers’ application are just and reasonable,” a press release said.

Young Brothers is a water carrier authorized to transport property by barge between the islands of Oahu, Hawaii, Kauai, Maui, Molokai and Lanai.

In the application, Young Brothers states that the “purpose for the requested increase is to sustain Young Brothers’ financial viability to ensure the provision of safe, adequate, economical and efficient service at reasonable rates.”

  1. anakamaiguy January 16, 2020 3:31 am Reply

    Where’s the Superferry when you need it? Oh yeah, gone because a small group of paranoid, whiny, screaming Mimi’s got their way. Just like Hawaiian had the monopoly on inter-island air travel, Young Bros. has a stranglehold on the state and it’s people. No complaining now. Just suck it up and pay whatever they want. How can an island state exist without an affordable inter-island transportation mode for people and goods? Short sightedness won again and we all pay for it.

  2. Citizen Cane January 16, 2020 8:15 am Reply

    YB service at the Port here is far from efficient and adequate!—if you’ve ever have to go pick up goods there you know. Even when not busy good luck finding someone to find your shipment. When the least bit busy the line builds to a half hour or more while you watch disgruntled workers amble about, studiously ignoring those needing help. Management tells you they cannot help in such situations due “to union rules.” There are strange and convoluted rules for when you can pick up your cargo—you’d better call first or you’ll have wasted a trip…but beware: often you cannot get thru past recorded messages by phone—I have waited 20-30 minutes just to find out if my goods are available for pick up. Sometimes no one will answer your call at all. Their hours of operation are terribly confusing and vary from day to day. Their systems for notifying customers of shipment availability are antiquated, as tho they’ve never heard of computers. In short they are a mess, benefitting from an “only game in town” mentality—and now they want more money? If all they’re offering is status quo they should be LOWERING their rates.

  3. As the rackets turn January 17, 2020 5:07 pm Reply

    As the rackets turn…

    Confused with their rationale like how the flying kilo of cocaine case was thrown out.

    Do you all remember that case? or was it Matson?

    I can’t recall but I do recall a gas company employee catching the kilo of cocaine while kpd detectives watched and then busted him but the case was thrown out.

    What about all the drugs being imported to Hawaii and Kauai? Where and how are they coming to the islands? It’s not just through mail.

    How the rackets continue…

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