The costs keep climbing and its unclear when Honolulu’s rail line will be up and running, but it still must be decided how much to charge for a trip.
The Honolulu Rate Commission is asking for input and testimony from the public on the future policies and rates for the Honolulu Rail Transit Project once the system begins operations.
A rail guideway car being tested in 2017. The train is not running yet, but rate decisions are pending now.
Cory Lum/Civil Beat
Some of the topics to be covered by the commission, according to a press release Thursday, are these:
Should single ride fares increase by 25 cents? These rates would apply to both TheBus and Rail.
Should a daily cap of $7.50 be set for adult riders (ages 18-64), with a monthly cap of $80, eliminating annual passes for this category?
Should a daily cap of $3.75 be set for youth riders (ages 5-17, plus 18-19 if still in high school), with a monthly cap of $40, eliminating annual passes for this category?
Should a new category be created as a pilot program for qualified low-income riders? Those under 30% area median income may apply for this category.
Public testimony will be allowed at these Honolulu Rate Commission meetings:
Tuesday, March 3, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Kapolei Hale
Thursday, March 5, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Kailua District Park community room
Tuesday, March 10, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Mission Memorial Building meeting room
Written testimony may also be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Howard “Puni” Chee: Rate Commission, c/o Howard “Puni” Chee, Department of Transportation Services (C&C Honolulu), 650 South King Street, Second Floor, Honolulu, HI 96813
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