KAHULUI - Thirteen new paratransit vehicles will be dedicated Monday morning at the Roberts Hawaii base yard near Kahului Airport, the county Department of Transportation announced this week.
The paratransit vehicles are wheelchair accessible and cost $939,339, according to the department. Eighty percent of the funding came from the federal government, 20 percent from Maui County.
The new vehicles include 10 buses and three Dodge Caravans. The paratransit vehicles serve approximately 600 riders.
To qualify as a paratransit rider, people need to live within three-quarters of a mile of a Maui Bus route. They also must submit an application to the county Transportation Department, with a doctor's certification that they are unable to walk to the nearest bus stop. Riders need to make pickup reservations in advance.
They receive curb-to-curb transportation service.
For more information on paratransit eligibility, visit the department's website at www.co.maui.hi.us/index.aspx?NID=607. The department's phone number is 270-7511.
The dedication ceremony is scheduled for 8 a.m. and is open to members of the public.