Transport network in Hawaii to begin ride-share service between islands

Posted: 30 January 2019 | | No comments yet

The Hawaii Department of Transportation has announced that the Transportation Network Companies will be eligible to pick-up customers at neighbouring island airports from the beginning of February 2019, in a new ride-share scheme. 


Designated ride-share pick-up locations at Kahului Airport (OGG), Lihue Airport (LIH), Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole (KOA), Hilo International Airport (ITO) and Kapalua Airport (JHM) have been established by the Hawaii Department of Transportation and can be seen below. 


Amended administrative rules that came into effect on the 24 August 2018, which allow the Transportation Network Companies to apply for a permit from the Hawaii Department of Transportation. The rules were approved by Governor David Ige, following public hearings held in Honolulu, Kahului, Kona and Lihue in May and June 2018. This was the first time the rules for commercial services at airports had been amended since 2002, before the Transportation Network Companies came into being. 

The Deputy Director of the Hawaii Department of Transportation Airports Division, Ross Higashi, said: “The Transportation Network Companies have been well received by the public at Honolulu International Airport, and we are pleased to offer the option to neighbouring island travellers.”

The Transportation Network Companies must meet specific insurance requirements as specified by state law to operate as part of the ride-share scheme. Additionally, those who pay the associated fees and satisfy other requirements designated by the Hawaii Administrative Rule 19-20.1 will then be issued a permit to operate at the airports.

Transportation Network Companies began operating at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) on a trial basis on the 1 December 2017, and this became a permanent affair from the 24 August 2018. 

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