Phase 2 2018 Windward Redesign Plan

Updates to the Plan

Thank you for responding to the 2018 Windward TheBus Routes Redesign Guide proposal during January – April 2018. This page shows final proposals for Routes 55, 56, 57, 57A, 65, 70, 77, 85, 85A, 87, 88, PH4, and PH5. Modifications to the first proposal are listed below:

  • Route 70 will retain service to Le Jardin Academy, and along Aloha Oe Dr.
  • Routes 85A and 88 will NOT be combined, and will not change.
  • A new Kaneohe circulator route (Route 651) will connect Windward City Shopping Center, Puohala, Windward Mall & Windward Community College.
  • Route 55 will remain on Kamehameha Hwy between Haiku Rd & Hygienic Store. Routing along Haiku Rd & Alaloa/Heeia Sts will be removed.
  • Route 65 will remain on Kahekili Hwy between Haiku Rd & Hui Iwa St, extend all trips to Ala Moana, and extend routing along Alaloa/Heeia Sts.
  • Route 85 will be extended to provide service to Mokulele/Namoku/Aumoku Sts.
  • Route 87 will be extended to provide service to Hele/Kupau Sts.

Final proposals include restructuring Express Routes 85, 87, PH4, and PH5, and Local Routes 55, 56, 57, 57A, 65, 70 and 77; and the introduction of a new route numbering system. Bus system service changes and route modifications will generally use the existing bus network, and are based on the priority of need, operating efficiency, and resource allocation. Pending the availability of funding all or part of these proposed route changes may be implemented next year. You can find a summary of these changes and suvey results in our Informational Brochure. To review the Phase 1 Proposal, click here.

DTS will also discuss these changes at Windward Neighborhood Board meetings during November 2018 - January 2019 (presentations will be made upon request by the NB - please refer to the NB Agenda).


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Your input is important and needed. DTS will use your comments, suggestions, and concerns to refine routing proposals to best fit the need of most of the riders, most of the time.

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Contact DTS with your comments, suggestions, and concerns about these proposed route changes or if you require translation services.

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Public Outreach Information

  • Public Outreach Period (Nov 2018 to Jan 2019)
    General distribution of brochure to the public and Neighborhood Boards (presentations will be made upon request by the NB - please refer to the NB Agenda).
  • Final Plan Approval (Feb 2019)
  • Implementation - Part 1 (Mar 2019)
    • Renumber Routes 55, 56, 57, 57A, 70, 77, 85A
    • Route 60 (55) add an earlier first AM trip
    • Merge Routes PH4/PH5
    • Route 85 and 87 extensions
  • Implementation - Part 2
    (to be determined pending availability of funding)
    Routes 60 (55), 61 (56), 65, 66 (56), 67 (57), 69 (77), 85, 87, 651 (56), 671 (70), 672 (70), 673 (56/57A)

New Route Numbering System

Re-numbering system
  • The new route numbering system is based on bus service mode and geographic area served
  • Trunk routes are two digit; circulator routes are three digit
  • Windward local trunk routes will be numbered 60 to 69

Express Routes

Existing Express Routes System Map
System Map for
Existing Express Bus Network
Proposed Express Routes System Map
System Map for
Proposed Express Bus Network

The table below provides an overview of the new route number and proposed change. Click on links for detailed map and turn by turn.

Current Route New Route PHASE 1 Proposal PHASE 2 Revisions PHASE 2 Service Area Map and More Information
85 85 Remove overlap with Route 87. Extend routing to Mokulele/Namoku/Aumoku community. Aikahi, Kaneohe via Likelike to Downtown, UH, Kapiolani/Date Route 85
85A 86 Merge with Route 88 No change to existing route (renumber only). Kaneohe, Haiku via Likelike to Downtown, UH Route 86
87 87 Remove overlap with Route 85. Extend routing to Hele/Kupau Sts, and add morning service to Kalaheo/Kuulei Sts. Aikahi, Kailua via Pali to Downtown, UH, Kapiolani/Date Route 87
88 88 Merge with Route 85A No change to existing route. Ahuimanu via Likelike to Downtown Route 88
PH4
PH5
PH4 Merge routes; remove routing on Kamehameha Hwy between Kahekili Hwy (Hygienic Store) & Haiku Rd. None Kailua, Kaheohe, Ahuimanu via H3 to Joint Base PHH. Route PH4

Local Routes

Existing Local Routes System Map
System Map for
Existing Local Bus Network
Proposed Local Routes System Map
System Map for
Proposed Local Bus Network

The table below provides an overview of the new route number and proposed change. Click on links for detailed map and turn by turn.

Current Route New Route PHASE 1 Proposal PHASE 2 Revisions PHASE 2 Service Area Map and More Information
55 60 Travel along Likelike Hwy, add routing to Luluku/Anoi Rds. Remove routing along Haiku Rd & Alaloa/Heeia Sts. Ala Moana, Downtown via Likelike to Kaneohe, Haleiwa Route 60
56 61 Remove routing from Keaahala Rd. Travel through Kalihi Valley to Kalihi Transit Center. None Kalihi Transit Center via Likelike to Windward CC, Kaneohe, Aikahi Route 61
56 66 Remove routing from Ala Moana and Le Jardin. None Downtown via Pali to Kailua, Aikahi (Le Jardin serviced by Route 672) Route 66
56 651 Route 63 connects Enchanted Lake, Kailua & Kaneohe via Kalaheo & Mokapu. New Kaneohe circulator. Windward City, Puohala, Windward Mall, Windward CC Route 651
57A 673 Route 63 connects Enchanted Lake, Kailua & Kaneohe via Kalaheo & Mokapu. New Kailua circulator. Remove routing from Honolulu. Enchanted Lake, Kailua Town, Aikahi Route 673
57 67 No service to Sea Life Park. Restructure Waimanalo route. None Ala Moana, Downtown via Pali to Kailua Town, Keolu, Waimanalo Route 67
65 65 Extend all trips to Ala Moana. Extend routing to Alaloa/Heeia Sts. Ala Moana, Downtown via Pali to Ahuimanu Route 65
70 671 Remove routing from MCBH. None Kailua Town & Lanikai Route 671
70 672 Remove routing from Aloha Oe and Le Jardin. Retain routing along Aloha Oe Dr. Retain service to Le Jardin. Kailua Town & Maunawili Route 672
77 69 Extend routing to Sea Life Park and add weekend service; remove from Keaahala & WCC. None Windward Mall, Windward City, Castle Medical Center, Waimanalo, Sea Life Park Route 69

Neighborhood Board Schedule Information

Neighborhood Boards were provided information on the Windward TheBus Routes Redesign, any comments and suggestions can be provided to them.

Neighborhood Board Meeting Day Meeting Location Meeting Time
(31) Kailua 1st Thursday Kailua Recreation Center
21 South Kainalu Drive
7:00 PM
(32) Waimanalo 2nd Monday National Guard Training Auditorium
711 Tinker Road
7:30 PM
(29) Kahaluu 2nd Wednesday KEY Project
47-200 Waihee Road
7:00 PM
(28) Koolauloa 2nd Thursday Hauula Community Center
54-010 Kukuna Road
6:00 PM
(30) Kaneohe 3rd Thursday Benjamin Parker Elementary School Cafeteria
45-259 Waikalua Road
7:00 PM
(27) North Shore 4th Tuesday Waialua Elementary School Cafeteria
67-020 Waialua Beach Road
7:00 PM

Expected Outcome 1: Linking Honolulu and Windward Oahu

Under the proposed plan, there’ll be more buses travelling between Windward Oahu and Downtown Honolulu.

  • Most existing trunk routes will continue to Ala Moana Center (all except for Route 56, i.e., the new Route 66).
  • The new Route 60 (previously Route 55) will use to Likelike Highway to avoid AM and PM peak traffic congestion.
  • Routes 57 and 57A will be consolidated into the new Route 67. Route consolidation will help prevent buses from “bunching” one after the other. The frequency of the new route will be more than either of the individual routes.
  • The new Routes 66 and 61 (previously Route 56) will be streamlined through Kaneohe. Local service will be provided by the new Route 651.
  • The new Route 65 will extend to Ala Moana Center.

Expected Outcome 2: Linking Windward Communities

The proposed plan will increase bus service on the Windward side.

  • Route 77 (the new Route 69) will be run on Saturdays and Sundays, not just Weekday. It’ll also come every 45 min instead of every 90 min.
  • Route 651 will provide circulation throughout Kaneohe (including Windward Community College and Windward Mall).
  • Route 673 will provide circualation between Aikahi, Kailua, and Enchanted Lake. Kalaheo Ave will recieve regular service every day of the year in addition to peak express service.
  • New Routes 61 and 651 will provide regular service every day of the year to Kahekili Highway between Haiku Road and Likelike Highway, not just peak express service.
  • New service will be established along Anoi Road and Luluku Road to improve access to those neighborhoods surrounding those roads.

Expected Outcome 3: More service to Windward Community College

  • Under the current bus network, direct travel from Windward Mall to Windward Community College is not possible.
  • The proposed bus network will provide two-way service between Windward Mall and Windward Community College.
  • Direct connections to Kalihi Transit Center via Route 61, Downtown Honolulu via Route 60, 61/66, 65, and throughout Kaneohe via Route 651 will also be possible.

Expected Outcome 4: New route numbering system

The new route numbering system is intended to be simpler. The first digit of the route is meant to inform the rider, which areas are being served. Windward Routes will all begin with "6".

  • Windward local trunk routes will be two digits numbered 60 to 69
  • Circulator routes will be three digits (e.g., Route 671)
  • Other routes throughout the system will be similarly renumbered based on the bus service mode and the geographic area served.

Expected Outcome 5: Connecting to the rest of the system

The new Route 61 (which is an extension of the existing Route 56) will connect Kaneohe and the rest of the Windward side to Kalihi. The new route will travel through Kalihi Valley, and provide connections to Kalihi Transit Center and the future Kalihi Rail Station. From there, riders can transfer to West and East Oahu districts.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Windward TheBus Routes Redesign is the district’s first comprehensive transit system overhaul. As such, you may have questions related to the service. We put together this FAQ page to help you quickly find answers you might be looking for.

DTS continually reviews bus service to ensure that transit resources are allocated to satisfy demand for service and maximize productivity. Over the past year, we have made changes to TheBus service in Makakilo, Kapolei, and Central Oahu. However, there have been no major changes to Windward routes since they were first developed in the 1960’s, yet Windward Oahu has experienced significant growth and development.

We believe that this new bus network will improve the efficiency of our system, boost ridership, and get Windward passengers to their destinations faster and more reliably. This new system will provide new connections to Kalihi Transit Center, Anoi Road & Luluku Road, while reallocating more service to the Windward side.

The redesign will include restructuring existing routes by district, merging routes to preserve service, rebuilding schedules, eliminating unproductive trips and segments, and a new route numbering system. Affected routes include: Express Routes 85, 85A, 87, 88, PH4, and PH5, and Local Routes 55, 56, 57, 57A, 65, 70 and 77, and

Most express and local routes were modified in some way to address service demand and productivity. Follow these links to see if your Express Route or Local Route was modified under the new system.

DTS’ ongoing review of current bus service ensures that transit resources are allocated based on the priority of need, operating efficiency, and resource allocation. Most express and local routes were modified in some way to address service demand and productivity. Follow these links to see if your Express Route or Local Route was modified under the new system.

Most express and local routes were modified in some way to address service demand and productivity. The new route numbering system is based on the bus service mode and the geographic area being served. Trunk routes are two-digit; circulator routes are three-digit. Windward local trunk routes will be numbered 60 to 69. Follow these links to see if your Express Route or Local Route was modified under the new system.

Bus system service changes and route modifications will generally use the existing bus network. Follow these links to see if your Express Route or Local Route was modified under the new system.

Most express and local routes were modified in some way to address service demand and productivity. The redesign includes restructuring existing routes by district and creating local trunk, connector, and circulator routes. The Aikahi neighborhood which has a park and shopping center will be the boundary between the Kailua and Kaneohe districts and serves as an unofficial hub for route connections. Follow these links to see if your Express Route or Local Route was modified under the new system.

Bus system service changes and route modifications will generally use the existing bus network.

DTS’ ongoing review of current bus service ensures that transit resources are allocated based on the priority of need, operating efficiency, and resource allocation. Routes were modified to address service demand and productivity. DTS continues to explore ways to maximize service delivery and quality, while utilizing limited resources efficiently.

Route proposals may change subject to your comments and suggestions.

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