Construction Begins on MEO Transportation Center
By Sonia Isotov
Construction of the new $23 million Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. (MEO) Transportation Center in Pu’unene is set to begin June 26.
The MEO Transportation Center will be built on a 10-acre parcel partially donated by Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. located at the hub of Hana, Mokulele, and Kuihelani Highways and Pu’unene Avenue and Dairy Road.
MEO reports that it annually provides over $5 million of specialized transportation services, wholly funded by the County of Maui, in addition to the federal Head Start program and Medicaid transportation and gurney transport services for Maui Memorial Medical Center. MEO vehicles travel over one million miles annually, and were used to provide almost 300,000 trips last year.
Completely built out, the transportation center will include a bus maintenance building, multi-modal transfer area, emergency generator, and bus washing and fueling facility and will accommodate long-term expansion adequate to serve the growing needs of the elderly, youth, persons with special needs, and the general public in the future to come.