The Hawaiʻi State Department of Education (HIDOE) is launching a pilot program with the four counties to expand subsidized county bus passes for high schoolers in grades 9-12. The pilot program — called EXPRESS, which stands for Expanding Ridership to Educate Students in Schools — aims to help mitigate the impacts of the national school bus driver shortage. Interested students with an active HIDOE student ID number may sign up for a free county bus pass online beginning Sept. 12, 2022.
Step 1: Check the respective island transit office website for route information and Identify the bus route(s), times, and locations with your student. Please see the bottom of this page for the county transportation office contact information.
Step 2: Fill out and submit the online application.
Step 3: Identify and practice safe walking routes to/from the bus stops at home and at the school. Refer to the public transportation safety information below.
Step 4: Passes will be distributed to the schools as soon as possible. Have your student visit the school office to pick up their pass when prompted.
Public Transportation Safety Information
Families are encouraged to read the safety information regarding riding the bus and walking to a bus stop. Please discuss this important information with your student(s).
Riding the Bus
Walking to a Bus Stop
- Get to the bus stop at least 5 minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.
- When the bus approaches, stand at least 6 feet away from the curb.
- If you have to cross the street in front of the bus, be sure to use a pedestrian crosswalk. Be sure that the bus driver can see you, and you can see the bus driver.
- When exiting the bus, be careful that loose clothing or clothing with drawstrings and book bags with straps don’t get caught in the handrails or doors.
- Never walk behind the bus.
- After you get off the bus, walk at least 10 feet away from the side of the bus.
- If you drop something near the bus, tell the bus driver. Never try to pick it up because the driver may not be able to see you.
- Students on the bus should talk quietly, be courteous to the driver and follow the driver’s instructions.
- Always use headphones when listening to music or watching videos on the bus. Be courteous to the other riders onboard.
- Know your home address, a parent/guardian phone number, another phone number of a trusted adult, and how to use 911 for emergencies.
How do I find out what route and bus stop to use?
- Plan a walking route to the bus stop. Choose the most direct way with the fewest street crossings and use intersections with designated crosswalks. Test the route. Stay away from parks, vacant lots, fields, and other places where there aren’t many people around.
- Always look left, then right, then left again before crossing a street and allow enough time to cross the street safely.
- Do not talk to strangers or accept rides or gifts from strangers.