2018 Windward Redesign Plan


About the Plan

The City and County of Honolulu Department of Transportation Services (DTS) with its bus operations contractor, Oahu Transit Services, Inc. (OTS), is proposing modifications to TheBus routes that serve Windward Oahu.

Proposed modifications include restructuring Express Routes 85, 85A, 87, 88, 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.

Contact Us

Thank you for taking the 2018 Windward TheBus Route Redesign Survey. Our first survey period between January – mid-April 2018 is now closed. We are currently reviewing all received comments, suggestions, and concerns to refine routing proposals to best fit the needs of most of the riders, most of the time. We will notify riders of our new route proposals between May – June 2018.

DTS:
voicemail: 808-768-8368
direct line: 808-768-8367 (Mon to Fri, 8am to 4pm)
email: thebusstop@honolulu.gov

OTS:
voicemail: 808-768-9890


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 63.
  • The new Route 65 will connect Ahuimanu and the Hygienic Store, and 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 63 will provide circulation throughout Kaneohe (including Windward Community College and Windward Mall), 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 63 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 61/66, and Aikahi, Kailua, and Enchanted Lake via Route 63 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. For example, the current Route 62 (Wahiawa-Honolulu) will be renumbered to Route 51.

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.


Express Routes

Existing Express Routes System Map
Existing Express Routes
System Map
Proposed Express Routes System Map
Proposed Express Routes
System Map

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 Number New Number Description of Proposed Route Map and More Information
85 - Connects Downtown/UH & Kaneohe/Aikahi via Likelike Highway. Route 85
85, 87 87 Route extended to Aikahi Shopping Center in the morning via Kalaheo Road and Kuulei Road. Route 87
85A, 88 88 Merge routes 85A and 88. Connects Downtown & Kaneohe/Ahuimanu via Likelike Highway. Route 88
PH4, PH5 PH4 Merge routes PH4 and PH5. Route PH4

Local Routes

Existing Local Routes System Map
Existing Local Routes
System Map
Proposed Local Routes System Map
Proposed Local Routes
System Map

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 Number New Number Description of Proposed Route Map and More Information
55 60 Routing via Kahekili Highway and Likelike Highway. Route 60
56 61, 66 Service between Kalihi Transit Center & Kailua/Kaneohe via Likelike Highway. Connects Downtown & Kailua via Pali Highway. Route 61, Route 66
57 67 Connects Ala Moana, Kailua, & Waimanalo. Route 67
56, 57A 63 Connects Enchanted Lake & Kaneohe via Kalaheo Road & Mokapu Boulevard. Route 63
65 - Revert route back to Hygienic Store; extend route to Ala Moana for all trips. Route 65
70 671, 672 Connects Kailua Town & Lanikai. Connects Kailua Town & Maunawili. Route 671, Route 672
77 69 Connects Sea Life Park, Waimanalo, & Kaneohe. Route 69

Expected Project Timeline Update

  • December 2017: Distribution of brochure
  • January to April 2018: Public outreach period
  • April to May 2018: Review comments and revise plan
  • May to July 2018: 2nd Public outreach period
  • August to Dec 2018: Finalize routes

Neighborhood Board Schedule Information

Please refer to the Neighborhood Board Agenda for the presentation schedule. 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
(27) North Shore 4th Tuesday Waialua Elementary School Cafeteria
67-020 Waialua Beach Road
7:00 PM
(28) Koolauloa 2nd Thursday Hauula Community Center
54-010 Kukuna Road
6:00 PM
(29) Kahaluu 2nd Wednesday KEY Project
47-200 Waihee Road
7:00 PM
(30) Kaneohe 3rd Thursday Benjamin Parker Elementary School Cafeteria
45-259 Waikalua Road
7:00 PM
(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
7:00 PM

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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