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A lawsuit filed last year alleged repeated spills and runoff of cattle manure, cattle urine and other waste from Big Island Dairy violated federal laws.
The rates could go up as soon as next year if the measure continues to gain approval.
Seniors and other adults would see the largest fare jumps, but Handi-Van fares would rise only slightly.
There’s a lot of drama on the mainland with control of Congress up for grabs. Hawaii’s races hold less suspense.
UPDATED: A 2012 state audit had faulted the department for allowing costs to skyrocket as competitive bidding for contracts ceased.
The university is asking legislators for money to expand the Hawaii Promise program to the Manoa, Hilo and West Oahu four-year campuses.