- Associated Press - Thursday, November 12, 2015

HONOLULU (AP) - Honolulu officials are cracking down on bus riders who leave items on the sidewalk at the Alapai Transit Center to mark their place in line.

The city Department of Transportation Services has received several complaints from riders on the Waianae Coast Express, or Route 93, about bags and other items left by people trying to avoid the heat, Hawaii News Now reports (https://bit.ly/1QwEAp3).

“I’ve seen pens, pencils, books, coins,” said Carol Suan, a bus rider who lives in Waianae.

The transit center does not offer much protection from the sun, and many riders said they used line markers so they could go find shade.

City officials had previously planned to move the route’s starting point to deal with safety concerns, but they announced Tuesday the route would remain unchanged.

“We understand the sun issues here at the transit center. We’ll see if we can work with the community to make it better, but putting something down on the pavement is a safety hazard to all of our transit riders that are visually impaired or blind,” said Michael Formby, the director of the Department of Transportation Services.

State Rep. Andria Tupola (R-Maili, Nanakuli, Ewa) had several recommendations that could help solve the line problem and offered ways riders can beat the heat.

“I wonder what other solutions the city can come up with, as far maybe another (Route) 93, maybe there needs to be one at the 15 and 30 and 45 as opposed to every half an hour, maybe the bus shelter being a little bit larger,” Tupola said.

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Information from: KGMB-TV, https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/

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