KAHULUI - Ground was broken Tuesday morning at the Queen Ka'ahumanu Shopping Center for a $257,000 Maui Bus transit hub, Maui County officials said.
The project calls for building five clusters of bus shelters with seating, lighting, bike racks, trash containers and recycling bins. The construction contract has been awarded to Site Engineering.
The transit hub will be built under a 10-year, $1-per-year lease agreement with the shopping center, according to the announcement of the groundbreaking.
Passengers prepare to board a Maui Bus bound for Lahaina on Tuesday while other passengers arrive at the Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center’s bus transit hub.
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"The Maui Bus is a lifeline for our community," said Mayor Charmaine Tavares. "It's a big part of daily life that has tripled in use the past four years with over 44,000 passengers per week. This project is the first of many improvements we have planned for our public transit system."
Shopping center General Manager Greg Kawakami said he was pleased with the center's involvement with the project, which is on the Wailuku side of the complex, near Macy's and Champs Sports.
"We look forward to the growth of the Maui transit system as well as providing added convenience for our shoppers," he said.
General bus ridership has grown to more than 2.3 million passengers per year.
Maui Bus is a service provided by Maui County and operated by Roberts Hawaii.
For more information, contact Roberts at 871-4838 or the county Department of Transportation at 270-7511.
General bus schedule information can be found on all of the county buses and is available online at www.mauicounty.gov/bus.