Out with the old and in with the new on Kauai. Starting next week, the Garden Isle will have 20 new buses roll out to replace a few aging ones.
A blessing ceremony was held on Tuesday for the new buses. Each of the buses was blessed and named by Native Hawaiian kupuna “Uncle” Thomas Takahashi. Bus officials say the replacement buses are a part of Mayor Bernard Carvalho's plan for the island.
“We truly appreciate the support of our congressional delegation as it was largely through their efforts that Kaua'i received the State of Good Repair grant,” said Mayor Bernard Carvalho, Jr. “Having the new buses will improve the reliability of our transit services, as well as reduce the expense of frequent repairs required with older vehicles.”
The county secured an 80/20 match to pay for the new buses through a grant from the Federal Transit Administration. The FTA provided about $2.1 million and the county’s share was $541,944.