In early February, the City administration launched an electric bus pilot project to test the electric-powered battery vehicles in our public transit system. During the first week of the pilot, Oahu Transit Services tested the bus on 13 out of 23 established TheBus routes, including several that traversed heavily-traveled urban Honolulu routes traversing Kalihi, Kalihi Valley, Nuuanu-Liliha, Downtown, Makiki-Punchbowl and the University-Waikiki neighborhoods. This week, the pilot routes include Aiea via Kamehameha Highway to Waianae, Mililani, and Waimanalo.
With each mayor pledging a 100% renewable ground transportation system in every county by 2045, the City’s investment in sustainable transportation represents a big part of the goal of achieving a sustainable and energy- efficient Honolulu.
As Chair of the Public Works, Infrastructure, and Sustainability Committee for the City Council, I believe that it is high time for City agencies to adopt dynamic strategies to increase our energy self-sufficiency and sustainable transportation solutions.