Hawaii School Bus Fares Could Rise Again

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UPDATED 7/6/11 10:20 a.m.

Looks like more of the same with runaway school bus costs.

The cost of transporting students to and from school has nearly doubled in the last five years, from $185,000 per day to $340,000 per day — and lack of competition among contractors certainly doesn't help keep soaring prices in check.

The new cost works out to about $1,100 per student each year, and that doesn't include special ed students, whose school bus transportation costs about $8,000 per student per year.

It looks like the rising costs will continue to be passed on to students.

A Hawaii State Board of Education committee voted Tuesday to increase school bus fares — for the second time in two years. If the full board approves the recommendation, beginning this fall, the cost of a one-way ride to school will rise 67 percent to $1.25, up from $0.75.

Quarterly passes would go up by $12, and annual passes by $45, to $270. The fare increases would affect about half of the 43,000 school bus riders throughout the state. Students who qualify for free lunch will continue to ride for free.

School Bus Fares (Per Student)

Current Recommended
One-way $0.75 $1.25
Quarterly Pass $60.00 $72.00
Annual Pass $225.00 $270.00

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