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.