TheBus will add vehicles for Punchbowl services


POSTED: Friday, May 22, 2009

Question: TheBus is no longer allowed to shuttle people to the Memorial Day ceremony at Punchbowl. Are any private buses going to take people to Punchbowl from Alapai Street or Waikiki? The city only has that little No. 15 bus that drops people off at the foot of that big hill at Punchbowl, which is hard for some senior citizens to struggle up.

Answer: The city's Public Transit Division is adding “;supplementary buses”; on Route 15 (Makiki-Punchbowl) to take people to Memorial Day services at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl.

The city discontinued special shuttle services (including its Football Express) last August after the Federal Trade Administration adopted a new regulation prohibiting federally funded public agencies—such as TheBus system—from operating charter services that would compete with private companies.

Special shuttle buses operating on special routes are considered a charter service, said James Burke, head of the Public Transit Division.

However, providing supplementary service on established routes is allowed, he said.

Buses will depart the Alapai Transit Center every 10 minutes, beginning at 7 a.m., on Monday. There will be seven departures, the last one leaving at 8 a.m.

The route from the transit center: right on Alapai, right on Kinau, left on Ward, right on Prospect, left on Nehoa, left on Auwaiolimu, left on Hookui, left on Puowaina, onto Cemetery Road, right into Punchbowl Cemetery Road to the designated drop-off/parking area.

All buses will service all bus stops along the route.

The supplementary Route 15 buses will remain in Punchbowl and depart after the event is over, returning along the regular route to Alapai Street, Burke said.

Regular fares and all bus passes will be accepted. Transfers will be accepted by buses going to and from the cemetery, and transfers will be issued upon request for the return trip from the cemetery.

Question: What's the law about parking backward on a street and in front of stop signs?

Answer: Under Section 15-14.1 of the Revised Ordinances of Honolulu (”;Stopping, standing or parking prohibited in specified places—No signs required”;), you're not supposed to park within 30 feet of a stop sign or within 75 feet of the approach to any traffic control signal.

Regarding parking backward, we assume you mean parking against the flow of traffic.

Section 15-13.5 of the Revised Ordinances of Honolulu says that within a business or residential district, “;no person shall stand or park a vehicle other than parallel with the edge of the roadway, headed in the direction of traffic, and with the curb-side wheels of the vehicle within 12 inches of the edge of the roadway, except while parked wholly within stalls marked.”;

Question: Now that Candy Lake, founder of the Sylvester Foundation, has died, what will happen to the animal sanctuary that she had in Waimanalo?

Answer: The telephone numbers previously given for the Sylvester Foundation have been discontinued.

According to online records of the state Business Registration Division, there were no filings for the foundation for 2008 or 2009.

If anyone knows what's happened to the animal haven, please call Kokua Line at 529-4773 and leave a message.