Progress update on school bus driver shortages on Maui and Kauai; all temporarily suspended routes restored

11-Sep-2017

All previously suspended bus routes on Maui have been restored to service. With the restoration of the final two routes, serving Baldwin High and Iao Intermediate, all schools on all islands are receiving bus service.

Photo of school bus.

All previously suspended bus routes on Maui have been restored, serving Baldwin High and Iao Intermediate.

Photo Credit: Department of Education

KAHULUI, LIHUE – The Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) reports that progress is being made by school bus contractors to address the current shortage of Commercial Driver Licensed (CDL) drivers on Maui and Kauai qualified to operate school buses.  The latest updates are as follows:

  • As of today, all previously suspended bus routes on Maui have been restored to service.  With the restoration of these final two routes, serving Baldwin High and Iao Intermediate, all schools on all islands are receiving bus service.

  • Qualified school bus drivers are still being sought by contractors, who will now focus on returning consolidated routes to normal.

  • For a limited time, school bus contractors are offering hiring bonuses and increased wages.  Interested CDL drivers should 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.

For questions about school bus registration, route or service concerns statewide, please contact the Get On Board Hotline at (808) 586-0161.

Contact Information

Donalyn Dela Cruz

Phone: 808-586-3232

Email: donalyn_dela_cruz@hawaiidoe.org

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