Double-decker buses to hit the road

Paratransit rider Monotui Fuiava, right, testifies Tuesday in Hilo about the need for more accessible buses. (Nancy Cook Lauer/West Hawaii Today)

A Polynesian Adventure Tours shuttle substitutes for a Hele-On bus Tuesday on the Hele-On intra-kona route headed toward a stop at Kona Community Hospital. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

The county’s original double-decker bus, which arrived on the island in early 2010, promptly broke down and has been idling on blocks at the county base yard for most of the last seven years. (Hawaii County/Special to West Hawaii Today)

HILO — Hawaii County will soon have not one, but two, double-decker buses running between Hilo and South Kohala, County Council members learned last week.