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  1. Williamv

    The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    1. The cleaning woman must have kicked the plug out again June 22 because the HEA system was down during the morning rush hour. Seriously, I understand that the main job of OTS is to run buses, not to maintain an online schedule. But if we’re going to have this system, let’s keep it running, because people depend on it. Don’t know whether it’s training, staffing or inattention, but the system is down far too often. When I lived in Chicago, which runs nearly 2,000 buses, I can’t think of a single day when the system was unavailable. And why is there still a message on the HEA saying buses may not have real time information for a couple of days after June 3? 2. Are there really 20 new 700s, or are there only 8? Obviously there will be more eventually, but each day it gets harder to consider additional new buses as part of the same batch. Reminds me of last year when we were told the 600s would go up to 698 but they stopped at 677. 3. Does anyone know what’s wrong with #703? I haven’t seen it on the HEA for a couple of weeks (not that I can trust the HEA). 4. In checking the city’s purchasing website, I note that there is no mention of new buses for 2019. Normally requests for proposals, if not firm orders, would be posted by now. OTS is running 21–year-old buses, many others are nearing retirement age, and all the manufacturers have large backlogs. So whether we are getting electric buses or more diesels, it is probably not a good idea to delay.
  2. Williamv

    The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    According to the HEA, #242 is back in service today on route 4.
  3. Williamv

    The Bus (Honolulu, HI)

    Rode on #704 today. Driver told me operators are struggling with the 700s because controls have been moved from in front to the left of the driver’s seat.