Honolulu Offers Free Rides on the Rail During June 30 Launch

May 15, 2023 | Regional News

The initial stage of the city’s rail transit system is set to commence temporary passenger operations at 2:00 p.m. on June 30, 2023. The city has announced that during this period, the public will have the opportunity to ride Hitachi Rail’s driverless, all-electric trains for free.

Throughout the opening weekend, starting from 2 p.m. on June 30 when the system launches until the last train on Tuesday, July 4, all rides on the new rail system will be free. The city has also announced that TheBus fares will be waived for all passengers between July 1 and 4.

Additionally, from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. on June 30, rail passengers will be able to freely visit any of the nine stations that will be open for service and board any train in either direction. The city has confirmed that no charges will apply during this time.

Starting from July 1, the first full day of rail service, passengers will be required to possess a valid HOLO card. The HOLO card is currently used as the payment method for TheBus and will serve as the primary payment method for the rail system as well. Riders will need to tap their HOLO cards at fare gates to enter individual stations, although no fares will be deducted from the cards, as stated by the city.

For more information about the HOLO card, visit holocard.net or call 808-768-4656

For more information on the rail operations system, visit honolulu.gov/rail