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Intra-Island Ferry System

Elva Wimberly attended a transportation forum on "Water-Borne Transportation for our Island State" on May 18; given by HTC-1988. The following is her report on that forum.

Terminals are planned for Maunalua Bay (Hawaii Kai), Waikiki (Ala Moana/Ft. DeRussy), Downtown (Pier 8 Honolulu Harbor), Airport (Keehi Lagoon), Waipahu (Middle Loch/Pearl Harbor), Ewa and West Beach (Barbers Point).

Service will begin from Maunalua Bay to Downtown about December, 1989. Service to the Waikiki and Airport Terminals is expected to begin in 1990. Service to Waipahu, Ewa and West Beach is expected in 1991 and 1992.

Initially, the contractor will be required to make four trips from Maunalua Bay to Downtown during the 6 to 9 a.m. commute period, and four trips from Downtown to Maunalua Bay from 3 to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. A maximum of 300 passengers can be accommodated per trip.

The ferry will travel at cruising speeds up to 43 mph. The trip from Maunalua Bay to Downtown will take approximately 30 minutes. The maximum fare of $2.50 each way will be charged for holders of valid Hawaii driver's licenses.

The ferry operator will be required to provide: newspapers, coffee, snacks, beverages, cellular telephones, wide-screen televisions, tables for writing, enclosed cushioned airplane-style seating and optional open seating on deck.

The ferry is 115 feet long, 38 feet wide and has a draft of 6 feet. It is a surface effect ship. It is built like a catamaran with two hulls spaced apart by a platform. It rides on an air cushion which is provided by centrifugal fans which blow air downward against the water. Two rubber skirts, one forward and one aft, retain the air cushion under the craft. The propulsion system consists of water-jet pumps which are driven by diesel engines.

Bids were opened on March 7, 1988, and San Diego Shipbuilding and Repair, Inc. was the apparent low bidder for the system. They have offered to pay the state a total of $7,200 over the first 8 years ($1,200 a year for the first four years, then declining to zero in a straight line in the subsequent four years).

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