Wiki Wiki Shuttle

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Current Wiki Wiki Shuttle bus in 2008
Former Chance RT-52 operating on the Wiki Wiki bus

The Wiki Wiki Shuttle is a free shuttle bus service at Honolulu International Airport. Shuttles run between 6:00 am and 10:00 pm local time, carrying people and baggage between the various terminals.

Video footage of the bus at the airport in 2016

In the Hawaiian language, the word wiki means quick. The shuttle's name inspired American computer programmer Ward Cunningham to call his new website "WikiWikiWeb" in 1994.[1]

Reduction of operations[edit]

"Wiki-Wiki Bus stop" sign at Honolulu International Airport, Hawaii, in 2001

As of 2007, the airport was moving away from dependence on the Wiki Wiki buses, which were put in place in 1970 as "an interim measure". Travelers had been complaining about the hot, slow, outdated buses. As was reported to the press, not only are the buses somewhat inconvenient and uncomfortable, they also put a huge strain on the building structure due to their weight and level of activity.[2]

In November 2007, local media reported that the shuttle would be replaced by an air-conditioned walkway.[3] The first phase of this change was completed in October 2009, giving international travelers the option of an air-conditioned hallway with a moving sidewalk instead of the open-air buses.[4]

The buses were formerly run by the Aircraft Services International Group. In April 2009, the airport signed a new contract for the shuttle buses to be managed by Roberts Hawaii, and the signage on the shuttles was changed from "WikiWiki shuttle" to "HNL shuttle".[5][6]

In 2013, the buses were still or again in active service in Honolulu Airport,[7] but their usage was to be reduced for international arrivals as a result of the walkway that had been in use since the end of 2010.[8] Despite this, new buses were added, and they were once more labelled "Wiki Wiki".[9][10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Olson, Parmy (June 15, 2006). "Whitman Gets EBay Users Mingling With Blogs, Wiki". Forbes.com. Archived from the original on 2012-05-30. Retrieved 2010-11-19.
  2. ^ Dingeman, Robbie (April 8, 2007). "Honolulu airport getting $2.3B makeover". The Honolulu Advertiser. Retrieved 2008-03-12.
  3. ^ "Honolulu's airport to replace Wiki-Wiki system". KPUA Hawaii News/Associated Press. November 8, 2007. Archived from the original on 2008-04-21. Retrieved 2007-11-13.
  4. ^ Dingeman, Robbie (October 15, 2009). "New US$13.2 Million Concourse Opened Today". The Honolulu Advertiser. eTurboNews. Archived from the original on 2012-03-03. Retrieved 2010-11-19.
  5. ^ David, Mari-Ela (April 10, 2008). "Hawaii Teamsters Allege Improprieties in New Wiki Wiki Shuttle Contract". Hawaii News Now. Retrieved 2010-11-19.
  6. ^ "Intra-Airport Transportation". Honolulu International Airport. State of Hawaii, Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2010-11-19.
  7. ^ "State of Hawaii, Department of Transportation". Hawaii Dept of Transportation. Retrieved 2010-11-17.
  8. ^ Segal, Dave (Oct 28, 2010). "Airport adds new corridor to replace Wiki Wiki". Star Advertiser. Honolulu. Retrieved 2010-11-17.
  9. ^ "Hawaii Airports Modernization | Honolulu International Airport". hawaiiairportsmodernization.com. 2013-10-03. Archived from the original on 2013-10-03. Retrieved 2020-02-11.
  10. ^ "Intra-Airport Transportation — Hawaii Airports". web.archive.org. 2013-09-27. Archived from the original on 2013-09-27. Retrieved 2020-02-11.

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