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Support Kaua‘i Bus
I am writing today in support of more funding for public transportation on Kaua‘i.
I don’t think the Kaua‘i Bus should’ve canceled the Sunday routes, as so many of us that cannot afford a car or don’t really want one depend on public transportation.
I realize there is a staffing shortage, but if Kaua‘i wants to be a leader in how to reduce our carbon footprint this is a travesty.
We are beholden to the rental car companies for one. It also seems the county wants to see more traffic with more cars and as all of us know residents and tourists alike that the infrastructure here is crumbling and all the county wants to do is put a Band-Aid on it.
The bus, I am sure, has seen an uptick in ridership. I have encountered more tourists taking the bus along with school kids having to use it as their mode of transport since there seems to be a lack of school buses too.
Yes, there are homeless folks on the bus, people abusing substances, etc, but that isn’t all of the bus riding population. I am an advocate for public transit having used some of the best in the nation in the Bay Area of California, Denver, Cincinnati, New York City and Washington, D.C., to name a few cities.
This county needs to prioritize the bus drivers and workers. Pay them more, what a monumental responsibility for lives and traffic safety those workers have.
Many of the drivers are true local people that should be supported with the best salary that county can give.
One driver told me it was going to take at least eight new drivers to bring back Sundays. I hope this happens soon.
Also, Kaua‘i should really take a cue from the recent devastation on Maui.
We already know the impact that the use of fossil fuels has on Kaua`i. Traffic gridlock, along with desecration to the land in all forms is what we see every day.
We should be a beacon for the rest of the world on at least trying to be ecologically conscientious. Everyone wants to blame or finger point, or say it’s impossible. I disagree, it’s all in what we want to do. Hold our elected officials accountable, for one.
Faith Harding, Kilauea
Koloa and Poipu have no covered bus stops- These communities need to deal with tourists in their face everyday!!! At least give us some covered bus stops!!!!
The county bus is in a catch 22 and has been and will be until the county decides to make BUILDING ridership a priority. They can’t run the busses at a profit or reasonable loss until more people ride and if you don’t have a reliable system (no Sundays is not reliable) no one will ride. The commitment by the county must come first then add some routes that are high density like a harbor- airport-kealia route -including hotel stops! Or Poipu to airport servicing hotels as well. Hotels service should be an important consideration because last time I checked a lot of local taxpayers work at these locations. Make these stops work for locals and tourists alike. Dropping Sundays leaves Sunday workers scrambling and sets a dangerous precedent for a shrinking of the bus service.
Faith our bus is a joke. We waste millions for a handful of a few to get transportation. We need a sophisticated. all electric shuttle system that provides all of our needs as well as it does for tourist. Until this happens we will continually spend millions of tax dollars being something we are not and ever will be.
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