Second Restroom Added to Wahiawa Transit Center

23 02 2018

The Department of Transportation Services (DTS) recently completed the construction of a second restroom and refurbishment of the existing restroom at the Wahiawa Transit Center, which welcomes 1,697 riders on TheBus every weekday. Contractor Brian’s Contracting Inc. completed the 18-month project at a cost of $166,988.99.

The Transit Center was initially built with a single restroom that was reserved for use by operators of TheBus. However, in response to community concerns a second restroom was added, allowing the facilities to be opened for use by the general public.

Although initially budgeted at $500,000, the project’s total price was significantly less. Savings totaling $333,000 were realized after engineers with the Department of Transportation Services came up with the idea of renovating an existing storage room to create the new restroom, which proved to be both feasible and functional.

The $5.5 million Wahiawa Transit Center debuted in October of 2011 and is located between Center Street and California Avenue next to the State Civic Center. The ground level includes bus driveways and a staging area for passengers. The second level of the structure consists of 58 parking stalls, 33 of which are available for users of TheBus park and ride.

The Department of Transportation Services would like to thank the users of the Wahiawa Transit Center for their patience during the restroom project and hope they enjoy the new and refurbished facilities.

TheBus Transfer System and Handi-Van Overhauled

22 05 2014

The Department of Transportation Services have revised TheBus transfer rules effective July 1, 2014. TheBus transfer will now have a detachable coupon to allow up to two connections. Driver will take the coupon on the 1st connection and will take the entire transfer on the 2nd connection. The transfer is not valid for return trips or round trips and is only valid until the time shown at the top.


The Handi-Van will now be taking ride reservations 2 days in advance instead of 7 days to improve service and to reduce the incidents of service delays due to no-shows who may have forgotten to cancel their pick-up. This will assist in better scheduling efficiency for Handi-Van riders.

TheBus Route Replacing Mililani Trolley

16 01 2014

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Rider Alert! New Bus Routes 501 & 504 Replaces Mililani Trolley

Rider Alert! New Bus Routes 501 & 504 Replaces Mililani Trolley


As of January 16, 2014, TheBus route schedules for Route 501 Mililani Mauka and Route 504 Mililani South have changed.

As of January 16, 2014, TheBus route schedules for Route 501 Mililani Mauka and Route 504 Mililani South have changed.

Bus Advertising Proposal Should Be Nixed

16 01 2014

Mayor Kirk Caldwell is to be commended for attempting to address the City’s fiscal shortcomings by proposing that advertising be permitted on the exterior of City buses (Bill 69.) But he is driving down a road full of potholes. As other cities and municipalities have learned, government-regulated advertising poses a host of constitutional and ethical problems, beginning with the First Amendment right of free expression.

It may also weaken Honolulu’s model ban on outdoor billboard advertising, the oldest in the nation and arguably our best tool to protect Oahu’s natural beauty. As long as tourism is an important cog in our economy, such protections must not be dismissed or ignored. Just as importantly, many if not most of our residents would be offended if billboard advertising were allowed.

Bill 69 delineates the types of bus advertising that would be unacceptable – a government-imposed limitation on free speech that various advocacy groups would argue is unfair. Similar cases elsewhere in the nation have seen government entities lose and the very types of advertising they were trying to prevent had to be allowed.

Perhaps the most important reason to ban exterior ads on City buses is public safety. The nature of advertising is to draw people’s attention. By distracting motorists and pedestrians, the risk of accidents and other vehicular incidents increases significantly. We outlaw the use of hand-held devices while driving for that very reason. Any distraction while operating a vehicle threatens public safety.

Ironically, public safety was at the heart of House Bill 2708, which sought to prohibit commercial advertising on vehicles. It was co-introduced by then State Rep. Kirk Caldwell.

The Mayor is encouraged to continue seeking ways to bolster City finances. But exposing the City to a rash of expensive and time-consuming lawsuits, which Bill 69 invites, is counterproductive.

An Update on the Mililani Trolley Service

6 01 2014

Thank you to the many Mililani residents who contacted my office regarding the Mililani Trolley Service. Your input was a valuable part of the discussions with the City’s Department of Transportation Services (DTS) on developing an alternative.  A major concern expressed was the importance of trolley service for students riding to school in the morning.  Based on this community input, DTS has developed a plan to provide coverage to those areas that will be affected by the loss of trolley service.

Castle & Cooke has committed to extending the Mililani Trolley service until January 15,2014.  Effective January 16th, TheBus Routes 501 & 504 will be modified to replace trolley service, providing hourly service from approximately 5:00 AM to 10:00 PM daily at regular bus fares.  TheBus Route 501 Mililani Transit Center – Mililani Mauka will expand to include the area currently served by the Mililani Trolley.  TheBus Route 504 Mililani Transit Center – Mililani Market Place will retain portions of the existing route 504 while adopting portions of the makai trolley route.  Detailed timetables and maps showing bus stop locations are being developed and will be distributed soon.  Also look for information updates on

Residents also requested a community meeting for more detailed information about the changes and to provide an opportunity for feedback and discussion.  Both the  Mililani/Waipio/Melemanu Neighborhood Board No. 25 and the Mililani Mauka/Launani Valley Neighborhood Board No. 35 have included a presentation of the plan as an agenda item for their January meetings.  Mililani NHB No. 25 will meet on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:30 PM at Mililani Recreation Center 3.  Mililani Mauka NHB No. 35 will meet on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 7:00 PM at Mililani Mauka Elementary School.  I encourage you to attend these meetings if you have any concerns on the change of service to your area.  Representatives from the City’s Department of Transportation Services will be present and available for questions.  You can also  contact my office at 768-5002 or email me at  Your input is always welcomed on this issue or any other community concern.  I look forward to hearing from you. Mahalo and Happy New Year!