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Maui Enters $1 Per Year Lease For QKC Transit Hub

September 4, 2011, 6:00 AM HST
* Updated September 3, 9:35 PM
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By Wendy Osher

Maui Bus file photo by Wendy Osher.

The new bus transit hub at the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center in Kahului will be dedicated during a ceremony on Wednesday morning.

The transit hub includes shelters, benches, solar lighting, and powder coated aluminum seating designed to resist weathering.  Funding for the construction and design of the shelters, benches and trash receptacles was provided by the County of Maui with the support of the Maui County Council.

The county will also be dedicating a new 25-passenger Aero-Elite Ford F550 bus.  The gas powered vehicle is ADA compliant, with LED lighting and front-mounted bike racks.  The bus was purchased with a combination of funds from both the county and the Federal Transportation Administration.

According to Maui Transportation Director Jo Anne Johnson Winer, the county was able to work out an agreement with the shopping center management to lease the area for a 10 year period, at a rate of $1 per year.

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Both Winer and Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa joined in making the announcement this week.

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*** Check back for VIDEO and PHOTOS of the dedication of the newly completed transit hub.

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