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KCC students express support for bus bill

Students ride The Kaua‘i Bus to testify before Council

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Posted: Wednesday, February 15, 2012 11:30 pm

LIHU‘E — A group of Kaua‘i Community College students rode The Kaua‘i Bus from their campus in Puhi to urge the Kaua‘i County Council to continue the island’s free bus fare program for students.

Ian Ross, a student leader at KCC, said the students, several of whom rely on The Kaua‘i Bus for transportation, joined together to testify to council members in favor of Bill No. 2427.

“The free student bus pass expires on Feb. 20,” said Lyle Ueunten, a member of Associated Students of the University of Hawai‘i-Kaua‘i.

“But under the provisions of Tropic Care, we can still ride the bus for free until March 10.”

Student Nelson Batalion said the free bus pass is incorporated into the students’ identification cards, which expire in August —six months after the expiration of the free bus rides.

Bill No. 2427 would allow the current pilot program with KCC to be extended through the end of the school year. It also would allow county transportation officials to negotiate a group or bulk rate with KCC and other entities.

One of the students said she uses The Kaua‘i Bus to commute to school from Kalaheo, and prior to that, from Kapahi.

KCC has no housing program for its students, and having the bus is a big help when students have no other form of getting to and from campus, she said.

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6 comments:

  • Toomie posted at 1:19 pm on Thu, Feb 16, 2012.

    Toomie Posts: 106

    the cost of attending college has skyrocketed recently. Used to be around $50 a credit.. now its almost 300$ a class.. for Resident tuition.
    Any assistance that can be provided to the future of Kauaʻi who actually want to further their education sounds good.

    The main beef I have with the some students on the bus is when they ignore the poor Kupuna struggling to keep their balance as they are forced to stand in the aisle as the student sits comfortably and tunes out the world with their ear-buds in and tunes playing at full volume.

     
  • Obsolete posted at 7:38 am on Thu, Feb 16, 2012.

    Obsolete Posts: 179

    [quote]bjduks said: "One thing is for sure I'll be dead&gone "[/quote]
    If you only your post had ended right there. One can always dream.

     
  • Obsolete posted at 7:38 am on Thu, Feb 16, 2012.

    Obsolete Posts: 179

    [quote]JustinCase said: "I like students, but nothing is for free. That is the first lesson they should learn."[/quote]

    "It also would allow county transportation officials to negotiate a group or bulk rate with KCC and other entities."

    Perhaps that's a lesson they've already learned.

     
  • bjduks posted at 4:32 am on Thu, Feb 16, 2012.

    bjduks Posts: 1254

    Forgot, Did their great granpa ever tell them the story how he walked 20miles to school without even any SHOES,in the WINTER?? Kids these days,grow some!

     
  • bjduks posted at 4:27 am on Thu, Feb 16, 2012.

    bjduks Posts: 1254

    One thing is for sure I'll be dead&gone while these freeloaders will still be lookin fer handouts,they probably support the community organizer from acorn. They have been brainwashed into thinking someone owes them something. What they will eventually learn is that the Democrats actually OWN them&they don't even Know it Yet!

     
  • JustinCase posted at 3:11 am on Thu, Feb 16, 2012.

    JustinCase Posts: 318

    I like students, but nothing is for free. That is the first lesson they should learn.

     

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