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Sunday, August 14, 2005



Bus changes target
stadium area

Starting next Sunday, city bus riders who live near Aloha Stadium will have another way to get to town or the Pearlridge Center, while riders in the Red Hill and Moanalua Valley area will see less service.

As part of a reshuffling of bus routes, the city and the bus company, Oahu Transit Services, are eliminating the Aloha Stadium Express Route 87 and rerouting the Honolulu-Aiea Heights Route 11 from the Moanalua Freeway to the H-1 Freeway, then on to Salt Lake Boulevard past the stadium to Halawa Heights.

The Aloha Stadium Express only operated during the morning and afternoon rush hours.




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The change will provide all-day bus service for residents near Stadium Mall and the Crosspointe subdivision, said Roger Morton, senior vice president and director of operations for OTS.

The Route 11 bus will also go through downtown on Hotel Street in both directions, rather than on Beretania Street in the Waianae-bound direction and will begin and end at the Alapai Transit Center, instead of Ala Moana Center.

Bus riders will be able transfer to other buses to get to Ala Moana or UH-Manoa.

Bus riders in Moanalua and Red Hill affected by the change can still catch the Route 53 and 54 buses to and from Ala Moana and downtown Honolulu.

Other changes to the bus schedules also take effect Sunday.

About every four months, the bus company adjusts routes depending on ridership and other factors.

Since classes are about to start at UH-Manoa and some public schools, extra buses are being added on some routes to handle the greater demand.

There are also adjustments to the timing of some bus schedules because of traffic congestion, but the changes should not affect the frequency of service, Morton said.

"Congestion is making everybody go slower, including the bus," he said.

Details on the changes can be found online at thebus.org or by calling customer service at 848-4500.



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