Hele-On bus system ‘meltdown’ leaves schoolchildren, working poor stranded

The 5:05 a.m. Friday bus from Hilo to Kohala resorts is a city bus with lots of standing room. (Courtesy photo/Stefan Buchta)

Hilton Waikoloa Resort hotel workers react with dismay when the driver of the 3:30 p.m. Thursday bus to Hilo bus tells them there’s no more room for passengers. (Courtesy photo/Stefan Buchta)

HILO — The working poor and schoolchildren are left stranded. Bus schedules are inconsistent and would-be riders waiting at bus stops often don’t know when a route has been canceled.