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MEO buses blessed, drivers trained

Maui Economic Opportunity Chief Executive Officer Debbie Cabebe and Maui County Transportation Director Marc Takamori untie a maile lei during the blessing of 10 new paratransit buses, which should be on the road in the next two weeks. Maui Economic Oppurtunity photos

The Maui News

Ten Maui County paratransit bus drivers and 10 new buses will be on the road within the next two weeks following driver training and other preparation requirements.

The buses, which cost about $140,000 each, join the Maui Bus Americans with Disabilities Act paratransit fleet. Each can carry eight regular or four wheelchair passengers.

Maui Economic Opportunity operates the Maui Bus paratransit system, which offers curb-to-curb pickups for riders with disabilities within three-fourths of a mile of a Maui Bus route.

The Rev. John Hau’oli Tomoso blessed the new paratransit buses on Wednesday at MEO’s base yard in Puunene.

The Rev. John Hau’oli Tomoso blesses one of 10 new paratransit buses with the help of Maui County Transportation Deputy Director Michael Du Pont on Wednesday at the Maui Economic Opportunity base yard in Puunene.

“We’re excited that these 10 new buses will be placed into service shortly for our paratransit riders,” said Marc Takamori, director of the Maui County Department of Transportation. “The buses have upgraded suspensions that would provide for a smoother ride.”

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