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Abstract

This report examines the numerous transportation options available to our kupuna, or elderly community, on the island of Oahu. Each form of transit is explored based on what it does successfully and what that particular service fails to do. This report examines what transportation options that are most accessible and feasible for improvement. Does a specific option require more funding to be successful or does it need more vehicles or employees? Do the issues behind the service fall on the operator or the user? Each of these questions and more are taken into account to establish whether or not a specific transit option should be improved and how it can be improved. In examining the existing conditions this report suggests changes to two transportation services: • Improve or add simple shelters facilitating comfort and accessibility • With 25% of the public bus’s ridership above the age of 55, improved bus stop infrastructure creates better environments for long waits in rural areas for our island’s elderly Rideshare is a transportation option that allows for continued autonomy and quick, efficient pickups and drop offs. This service is impeded by spotty coverage in high elderly population neighborhoods. The use of government subsidies or financial programs may create an incentive for drivers to pick up individuals within these neighborhoods allowing for rideshare to be more readily available to those in a higher age demographic.

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