The Hawaiʻi State Department of Education reports that progress is being made by school bus contractors to address the current shortage of Commercial Driver Licensed drivers on Maui and Kauaʻi.
Maui Bus Shortage Reduced from 20 to 11:
Maui’s shortage of qualified school bus drivers is currently at 11, down from 20, two weeks ago, according to the DOE. Routes at Lahainaluna High, Baldwin High and ʻĪao Intermediate have been temporarily suspended and routes have been consolidated to adjust to the staffing shortages. Several driver candidates are currently in the licensing process and routes will be restored as they enter service.
Bus Updates for Lahaina:
Lahainaluna High School’s bus route FR 11A and FR 11B will be restored to service on Monday morning, Aug. 21, 2017.
The single route makes two morning runs. The first serves the Kapalua area on Lower Honoapiʻilani Road from Kapalua Drive, beginning at 6:33 a.m., and drops off students at the school at 7 a.m. The second morning run on ʻĀinakea Road begins at Kaniau Road at 7:10 a.m. and drops off the second set of students at 7:25 a.m.
In the afternoons, the route will make two runs from the school as route FR11BP at 1:55 p.m. to ʻĀinakea Road and a second run at 2:30 p.m. as route FR11AP to the Kapalua area.
Lahainaluna High’s restored route is in addition to two routes already operating that also service Lahaina Intermediate and Princess Nāhiʻenaʻena Elementary Schools. The first runs to Honokōhau Valley and the second to the Olowalu area.
DOE officials say school bus routes servicing more distant communities will be prioritized as more routes are restored.
Kauaʻi’s Bus Shortage Reduced from 10 to 8:
Kauaʻi’s shortage of qualified school bus drivers is currently at eight, down from 10, two weeks ago. School bus routes have been consolidated to adjust to the staffing shortages and all schools are still being serviced. Several driver candidates are currently in the licensing process and routes will be restored as they enter service.
Hiring Bonuses/Increased Wages Being Offered:
For a limited time, school bus contractors are offering hiring bonuses and increased wages. Interested CDL drivers are asked to contact the Student Transportation Services Branch at (808) 586-0170 as soon as possible. Interested drivers without a CDL are also being sought. The CDL training and testing process is open and takes approximately three weeks to complete.
“The Department is working hard with our school bus contractors to return affected routes to service and we anticipate more routes to come online in the coming weeks,” said Assistant Superintendent Dann Carlson. “We truly appreciate the patience shown by our parents, students and staff during this time.”
Get On Board Hotline: for Info on Registration, Routes and Service
For questions about school bus registration, route or service concerns statewide, the public may contact the Get On Board Hotline at (808) 586-0161.