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Group pushes petition against city bus fare increase

The Faith Action Community Equity group will kick off their month-long petition campaign against the recent bus fare hike at Ala Moana Center on Tuesday.

Members of the group will ask bus riders to sign a petition calling for Mayor Mufi Hannemann to reconsider the recent bus fare increase that took effect July 1.

“Families are having a hard time,” said Jun Yang, one of the organizers of FACE. “People are already losing jobs. It’s not a good time for anybody.”

FACE represents 24 churches comprised of working and low-income families.

The campaign will start at 10 a.m. at the Kona Street bus depot near Nordstrom. In the following weeks, members will adopt a bus stop near their church to collect signatures from bus riders.

“We want to collect as many signatures as we can,” said Yang. The group plans to deliver the petition to Hannemann and his administration once the campaign ends.

Bus riders also can sign the petition online at www.ipetitions.com/petition/unfareincrease/. For more information, go to www.facehawaii.org or call 522-1304.

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