Bus advertisement bill could be delayed to 2015


HONOLULU — It may take until next year to find out if the Honolulu City Council will approve advertising on the side of municipal buses.

The Honolulu Star Advertiser reports the council returned the bill to its Budget Committee.

Budget Chairwoman Ann Kobayashi says she intends to hold the bill until council members deliberate on the fiscal 2016 budget next spring.

Mayor Kirk Caldwell wants bus advertisement to raise money for bus routes and administration officials have lobbied hard for its passage.

Transportation Services Director Michael Formby says it would bring in $6 million to $8 million and help restore bus routes that have been cut without raising fares or property tax.

Opponents object to a proliferation of outdoor advertising and say the city can’t control offensive content.