Windward Redesign Plan: Final Implementation

An articulated bus showing Route 60

About the Plan

Windward TheBus Routes Redesign is the district’s first comprehensive transit system overhaul. 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 City continually reviews bus service to ensure that transit resources are allocated to satisfy demand for service and maximize productivity. Over the past few years, we have made changes to TheBus service in Makakilo, Kapolei, and Central Oahu. Windward Oahu has experienced changes in development patterns over the years, however there have been no major changes to Windward routes since they were first developed in the 1960’s.

We are currently in the final part of a three-part implementation.

  • Part 3 – Final Implementation is planned for August 18, 2019. This will include all remaining route modifications and renumbering.
  • Part 2 – Routes 60, 65, and 70 were implemented on June 2, 2019.
  • Part 1 – Peak Express Routes were implemented on March 3, 2019.

You can find a summary of the changes below or in our newest Windward Redesign Guide.

Windward System Map

For updated route desriptions, schedules, and route maps go to TheBus.org or call TheBus Information Office at 808-848-5555 and press 2 (Daily from 5:30 AM to 10:00 PM).


Phase 3: Implementation

Part 3: Effective Sunday, August 18, 2019

  • Route 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. Service to Hele St and Kupau St will be provided by Route 673.
  • Route 69 will be rerouted with service to Windward Mall, Windward City, Castle Medical Center, Waimanalo, Sea Life Park. This route will operate on Saturdays and Sundays, not just Weekday. Route 69 also come every 60 min instead of every 90 min.
  • Route 56 will be streamlined through Kaneohe and extended to Kalihi Transit center via Kalihi Valley. Route 61 and 66 will provide “interlined” trunk service between Kaneohe and Kailua. Route 651 will provide local service in Kaneohe.
    • Route 61 – Service to Kalihi Transit Center via Likelike to Kaneohe.
    • Route 66 – Service to Downtown via Pali to Kailua, Aikahi.
    • Route 651 – Service to Windward City, Puohala, Windward Mall, Windward Community College.
  • No Kalaheo High School special trip will be provided: board regular town-bound Route 66 trips at Mokapu Bl + Ilipilo St (Stop #1546)).
  • Route 70 will be renamed. – Rename to Routes 671, 672, and 674.
    • Route 671 – Service to Kailua Town and Lanikai.
    • Route 672 – Service to Kailua Town and Maunawili (including Aloha Oe Drive).
    • Route 674 – Service to Kailua Town and Aikahi.
  • Routes 60, 65, 86, and PH4 will be diverted to Kawa St. No stops on Kamehameha Highway will be skipped.
  • Route 89 will re-routed through Waimanalo to match Routes 67 and 69. Click here for Route 89's route description.
  • The Route 23 schedule will be modified in order to preserve no-transfer rides to Waimanalo and Kaneohe via Route 69 at Sea Life Park.

Public notification for the Part 3 implementation change will begin July 2019 and includes:

  • Presentations at Windward Neighborhood Boards (upon request).
  • Notifying care facilities along affected routes.
  • Distributing of flyers on board TheBus.
  • Notifying Windward and Kalihi City Councilmembers.
  • Posting flyers at busiest affected bus stops.
  • Flyers and brochures available at Windward Satellite City Halls and State Libraries for public.
Proposed Local Routes
Proposed Local Routes
Proposed Peak Routes
Proposed Peak Express Routes

Part 2: Completed Sunday, June 2, 2019

  • Route 55 was renamed to Route 60. The new Route 60 was modified to use Likelike Highway rather than Pali Highway to avoid AM and PM peak traffic congestion. New service was established along Anoi Road and Luluku Road to improve access to those neighborhoods surrounding those roads. Service along Heeia, Alaloa, and Haiku Streets was discontinued on Route 60, but retained by Route 65.
  • Route 65 was extended to Ala Moana Center, and Heeia and Alaloa Streets.
  • Route 70 service to Marine Corps Base Hawaii was eliminated.
  • Route 77 was renamed to Route 69.

Public notification for Part 2 included:

  • Presentations at Windward Neighborhood Boards (upon request).
  • Distributing of flyers on board TheBus.
  • Notifying Windward City Councilmembers.
  • Posting flyers at busiest affected bus stops.

Part 1: Completed March 3, 2019

  • Routes 85 and 87 were modified.
  • Route 55 was renumbered to Route 60.
  • Route 77 was renumbered to Route 69.
  • Route 85A was renumbered to Route 86.

Phase 2: Final Public Review of Revised Plan

After receiving feedback from Phase 1 of the Windward Redesign Plan, the City reviewed all comments, suggestions, and concerns and revised routing proposals to address the public's major concerns.


Phase 1: Initial Public Review of Draft Plan

In 2017, the City proposed restructuring and renumbering TheBus service in Windward Oahu. Express Routes 85, 85A, 87, 88, PH4, and PH5, and Local Routes 55, 56, 57, 57A, 65, 70 and 77 were included in this plan.


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