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Caldwell opens up Alapai bus station restrooms to the public

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:11 p.m. HST, Mar 15, 2013

<br />Dennis oda / doda@staradvertiser.com<br />The bathrooms in the new Alapai Street Transit Station have combination locks and are reserved for bus drivers and workers, which outraged many bus riders. A bus driver waited to begin his route Wednesday while another unlocked the "Employees Only" bathroom.<br />

The restrooms at the Alapai Transit Center will be open to the public starting tomorrow, Mayor Kirk Caldwell said today.

Both the men’s and women’s restrooms have two stalls each. Located on the Diamond Head end of the ground level next to the driveway reserved for city buses, security guards will open them at 5 a.m. and lock them at 11 p.m. daily, the city said.

When the $19 million transit facility opened in May, the restrooms were made available only to bus drivers.

Then-Transportation Services Director Wayne Yoshioka said the restrooms were designed only to be for bus drivers. Much as he would like restrooms at all transit facilities, he said, the city stopped putting them in newer ones due primarily to maintenance and security concerns.

But Caldwell, in a release, said some bus riders would miss the bus looking for a place to use the restroom. “The walk could be too far for seniors,” he said. “There were limited options early in the morning or late at night. I felt that this had to stop.”

He added: “Though cleaning, maintenance and security will not be free, this is the kind of service a city should provide.”

It will cost about $48,000 to clean and maintain the restrooms, city spokesman Jesse Broder Van Dyke said. Security is already part of a current contract for the entire facility, he said.

The city estimates 200 buses and 2,000 passengers use the transit center daily.

Last August, City Councilwoman Ann Kobayashi introduced a resolution urging the administration to construct public restrooms at the Alapai center. She noted that city officials, in a 2010 news release, pointed out that public restrooms would be among the amenities at the new facility.

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iwanaknow wrote:
And how soon will the homeless camp permanently in them?
on March 15,2013 | 12:30PM
localguy wrote:
It would be ok to charge a "Fair Use" fee of $.50 to use the toilets, money raised to pay for cleaning and supplies. Many foreign countries do this, have an attendant there to monitor. Restrooms are well maintained, no damage. Only in the Nei is this a problem with no solution.
on March 15,2013 | 12:44PM
Bully wrote:
Got to keep the homeless from infesting the area near the bus stop.
on March 15,2013 | 12:55PM
Sat wrote:
Mr. Mayor: Good decision.
on March 15,2013 | 01:43PM
copperwire9 wrote:
I completely agree.
on March 15,2013 | 11:06PM
gsc wrote:
Thank You Mayor for thinking of your citizens ......
on March 15,2013 | 01:45PM
pridon wrote:
What took so long. Have they never heard of the porta potties they use for the Marathon.
on March 15,2013 | 01:48PM
inverse wrote:
EXACTLY. Why waste precious taxpayer dollars on EXPENSIVE construction of restrooms that are expensive to maintain, STINK and will only be destroyed and taken over by the homeless when clean, cheap port a potties can plopped down anywhere in the nearby area. Cleaning and maintenance of port a potties consists of mainly spraying the inside and outside with a chlorox solution and cleaning the tank every so often.
on March 15,2013 | 02:02PM
mynah wrote:
Thumbs up!
on March 15,2013 | 01:50PM
2_centz wrote:
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on March 15,2013 | 05:13PM
IAmSane wrote:
Whoa, I think hell just froze over. O_O
on March 15,2013 | 09:01PM
bikemom wrote:
Public restrooms are clearly needed at this station.

Maybe next he'll widen the shared-use path that doesn't even meet minimum federal guidelines.

on March 15,2013 | 05:18PM
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