Kalihi-Waikiki bus route goes around the clock to help workers

Retrieved from HawaiiNewsNow.com

Published: Wednesday, December 4th 2017, 3:18 pm HST
By Avijah Scarbrough

With a bustling economy, Honolulu has developed into a 24-hour city, and one of the city's most popular bus routes will reflect that change.

Just in time for the holidays, TheBus Route 2 from School Street to Waikiki will start running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

And so far, the response has been positive. "It's better, because everyone in the community can go to work, even if they have the night shift," says Kalihi resident Vince Raquino.

"That would be a blessing," says passenger Cesar Shinider. "It's going to be better for people to get to where they want to go."

Route 2 is one of the busiest in the nation and serves one of the more populated areas of urban Honolulu. There are over 93,000 residents and 103,000 jobs represented within a quarter-mile of the route's bus stops.

This is great news for people who work the graveyard shift, including Raquino's father, who depends on the bus to get to work. "This is good for them, because my dad actually has to get to work around 10," he said, "so he has to get the bus around then."

Much of Waikiki's workforce that caters to tourism lives near neighborhoods served by TheBus route, including Kalihi, Chinatown, Downtown, Makiki, Pawa'a and Kapahulu.

Route 2's extended hours will also benefit those who like to play late into the night. Jordan Wong said "it sounds awesome to me. If you go out partying and get drunk, you can just take the bus instead of driving home drunk." "Sometimes, you know, when you're out with friends and you want to have some fun and leave late, hey," added Shinider.

For more information, visit www.thebus.org.