Traveling to Honolulu? Well, the HNL rideshare trial extension has been granted by the State of Hawaii’s Department of Transportation.
Hawaii has long been adverse to ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft. This is likely due to the engrained and likely politically strong taxi industry here in Hawaii. But, a few months ago, the State of Hawaii wised up and realized it should change its ways. Thus began a three-month trial of rideshare services at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. However, that trial was set to expire soon, though the Department of Transportation has decided to extend it.
Rideshare Trial Extension
The rideshare trial, which started back in December would have expired at the end of the month. However, the DOT has decided to extend the trial period another six months. The reason for this change in stance is because the DOT now believes that the additional options benefits passengers and the public. Further, the DOT goes on to say that the increased competition raises the overall standards of the ground transportation industry.
That’s an entirely different take on an industry which government officials in Hawaii have labeled as unfair and unsafe in the past. But, I’m not complaining. It’s about time someone came to this realization. It’s such a common service to use around the world these days; there’s almost an expectation that it’ll be available wherever you travel. And at least for now, it will continue to be an option in Honolulu.
HNL Rideshare Trial Extension, Final Thoughts
During the first three months of the trial, Uber and Lyft had a combined 50,000 pickups at the airport. And though that’s a small percentage of total visitor arrivals during that period, it isn’t an insignificant number either. Just imagine if those 50,000 people were first-time visitors (most likely not) that expected the service only to find it’s prohibited? That would be yet another black eye for the already embarrassing Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. So it’s good to see someone finally thinking about what’s best for visitors and locals alike, rather than trying to protect the status quo. And I hope this extended trial period will translate into a permanent presence here and at all airports around Hawaii.