Taken For a Ride — Series on Hawaii's School Bus Costs


School bus transportation costs have more than doubled in recent years, in large part because bus companies abruptly stopped bidding against each other, a Civil Beat investigation has found.

State officials have scrambled to pay for bus service, often shifting millions of dollars from other programs and classroom needs.

Civil Beat digs into the issue of rising costs and their effect on parents, kids and taxpayers in the ongoing series, "Taken for a Ride."

Oct. 31, 2011

Nov. 1, 2011

Nov. 2, 2011

Nov. 3, 2011

Nov. 4, 2011

Nov. 7, 2011

  • Taken For A Ride: Calling All Bidders: Hawaii school district officials will allow bus companies to continue using aging buses in an effort to spur competition and cut rising transportation costs.

Nov. 23, 2011

Nov. 28, 2011

Dec. 6, 2011

Dec. 7, 2011

Dec. 15, 2011

Jan. 3, 2012

Jan. 4, 2012

Jan. 26, 2012

Jan. 27, 2012

  • Taken For a Ride: Lawmakers Disturbed By Lack Of Answers: Lawmakers weren't happy with school district officials who appeared before them at a hearing Friday when they had no recommendations on how to increase bus contract competitors. Lack of competition is linked to skyrocketing transportation costs.

Feb. 13, 2012

  • Taken for a Ride: 17,000 Students Could Be Without School Buses Next Year: State school officials says they need the Legislature to give them $71 million — more even than the governor has requested — or they won't be able to provide bus service on Oahu. That means 17,000 kids would be looking for other ways to school and the city says it's likely city buses can't absorb that many new riders.

March 5, 2012

March 6, 2012

March 13, 2012

March 23, 2012

April 4, 2012

April 20, 2012

  • Taken For A Ride: Hawaii School Bus Cuts Imminent: The Legislature is continuing to hold fast against warnings by school officials that any budget reduction will mean thousands of kids will be without a ride to school. And other programs could suffer as well.

May 1, 2012

May 15, 2012

June 5, 2012

June 11, 2012

June 20, 2012

June 30, 2012

July 3, 2012

Aug. 31, 2012

Sept. 5, 2012

Oct. 16, 2012

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Oct. 19, 2012

Nov. 19, 2012

March 27, 2013

April 17, 2013

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