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February 2021 Meeting Highlights

A virtual section meeting was held on Wednesday, February 20, 2021. There were 20 ITE members in attendance.

President Kelly Akasaki welcomed everyone to the meeting. Wayne Yoshioka, Legislative Chair, provided information regarding two bills currently in the legislation. House Bill 132 (HB132) – Relating to License Plates, would allow for use of a single license plate on vehicles rather than two. Senate Bill 1402 (SB1402) – Relating to Transportation, intends to modernize its planning and projects by achieving equity for all communities and addressing climate change.

International Director Cathy Leong introduced the guest speaker, Keoni Wasano, Director of ITS Engineering with Goldwings Supply Service, Inc. Keoni’s presentation focused on the FCC safety band ruling, its impacts on connected vehicle projects, and how it affects the innovative technology landscape. His presentation is available through the ITE Hawaii section website.

Lastly, Jenny announced that the next session meeting meeting will be cancelled in support of ITE’s virtual Technical Conference on Intersections and Streets. This online technical conference focuses on new and innovative solutions to transportation challenges being implemented in communities in the United States and around the world. This two-day event will feature 10 technical sessions developed by ITE’s Councils and Committees along with a plenary session and engaging networking activities. Conference topics include Bicycle and Pedestrian Treatments, Micromobility, Multimodal Performance Measures, and Safe System Approach. Program and registration information can be found here.

Upcoming Event Links

2021 ITE Joint International, Western, & Mountain Districts Annual Meeting

Western District Project of the Year

January 2021 Meeting Highlights

A virtual section meeting was held on Wednesday, January 20, 2021. There were 37 ITE members and 3 non-ITE members in attendance.

President Kelly Akasaki welcomed everyone to the meeting and provided updates from the committee chairpersons. HCES Engineer’s week is tentatively scheduled for late February. Details about this virtual event will be distributed as it becomes available. Michelle Agustin, Student Chapter liaison announced that ITE will be hosting a student workshop to help engineering students prepare for the upcoming UH Manoa career fair tentatively scheduled for February.

International Director Cathy Leong reminded everyone that the upcoming joint International, Western, and Mountain District Meeting is scheduled to be in-person and held in Portland, OR on July 18 – 21, 2021. The planning committee will make an official announcement regarding in-person or virtual participation as more information becomes available. Cathy also announced that the International Virtual Student Leadership Summit is scheduled for February 19 – 20, 2021. Cathy then encouraged members to submit local projects for the Transportation Project of the Year award. The Western District panel will select a winner for each category; Complete Streets, Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO), Safety, Planning, and Traffic Engineering. In addition, one of the five selected projects will be awarded the Western Districts Transportation Project of the Year award. Links for all these events are provided below.

Vice President Jasmine Teramae-Kaehuaea introduced the guest speaker, Ed Sniffen, Hawaii Department of Transportation Deputy Director for the Highways Division. Ed’s presentation focused on the State Highway Division’s values and goals as well as their year 2021 – 2022 initiatives. These values include their dedication to safety, accountability, community, innovation, and teamwork. His presentation is available through the ITE Hawaii section website. As part of their transparency and accountability initiatives, HDOT is looking for continual feedback on current interaction points and would appreciate feedback through their online survey.

Lastly, Kelly announced that the next virtual meeting will be held in February 2021 and reservations will be accepted through Eventbrite. Some members reported issues with the Eventbrite process, which Secretary-Treasurer Keoni Wasano will be addressing in an upcoming email.

Upcoming Event Links

2021 ITE Joint International, Western, & Mountain Districts Annual Meeting

International Virtual Student Leadership Summit

Western District Project of the Year

ITE Joint Sections FREE Webinar Series – Diversity & Inclusion, Session 1: Voices of Thought Leaders, February 17, 2021

ITE Technical Conference: Innovative Intersections and Streets, March 23 – 24, 2021

November 2020 Meeting Highlights

A virtual section meeting was held on Wednesday, November 18, 2020. There were 50 ITE members and non-ITE members in attendance.

President Jennylyn Tapat welcomed everyone to the meeting. Then Cathy Leong made a few section announcements. Lastly, Kelly Akasaki introduced our guest speakers, Chris Clark who is the Chief Planner in the Department of Transportation Services at the City and County of Honolulu, Terry Shin, and Kathleen Chu who is a principal at KCS Consulting, LLC. The presentation introduced the City’s new Transportation Impact Assessment Guide, which was prepared by the Performance and Development Division of the City and County of Honolulu’s Department of Transportation Services. 

The presentation identified the purpose of the new guidelines, which is to provide a clear and consistent process for reviewing potential transportation impacts of proposed City projects and assist with implementing the Complete Streets Ordinance with a multimodal approach.  It was noted that the new guidance does not impact current requirements from the Traffic Review Branch of the Department of Planning and Permitting.  One of the integral steps in the new guidelines is the pre-scoping meeting.  During a pre-scoping meeting, the City staff and traffic consultant will meet to review the project, estimate potential impacts to the multimodal transportation network, and identify measures to address anticipated project impacts.  The remainder of the presentation highlighted the key chapter elements of the guide including the typical analyses required, transportation improvement strategies, and the expected components within a TIA’s. 

After the presentation, Jennylyn announced that the next section meeting would be held early next year.

October 2020 Meeting Highlights

A virtual section meeting was held on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. There were 24 ITE members and 2 non-ITE members in attendance.

President Jennylyn Tapat welcomed everyone to the meeting. Then Cathy introduced our guest speaker, Randy McCourt who is the International President of ITE. Randy also spearheaded ITE’s effort to track the impacts of travel restrictions related to COVID-19 on traffic patterns throughout the US.

Randy’s presentation highlighted the key findings of white paper published by ITE’s Task Force in July 2020 “What a Transportation Professional Needs to Know About Counts and Studies During a Pandemic”. Randy discussed the top concerns that transportation professionals are currently facing with the COVID-19 pandemic including ethics & big data, when will normal return, forecasting, and trip generation. Randy discussed options for the private sector to obtain historical counts such as big data sources (e.g. Streetlight, INRIX, etc.), previous traffic studies, active traffic management centers, and/or collaborating with other consultants or public agencies.

Next, Randy identified various travel trends in the US. For example, rural areas are experiencing an increase in vehicle-miles-traveled due to the decrease in air travel. Also, not surprisingly, peak patterns have changed in the US Metro areas with most government offices and private companies working from home. Similarly, there is a decrease in bikeshare use in downtown areas, while bicycle activity on trails and recreational areas have seen an increase. Randy went on to discuss the changes in trip generation for various uses as a result of travel restrictions, shutdowns, and/or stay-at-home orders. Again, not surprisingly there has been a decrease in trips to/from hotels and theaters, while some retail uses including hardware and garden stores have seen an increase in trips. Randy mentioned that these trip generation trends are available through ITE and are generally updated on a weekly basis.

After Randy’s presentation, Cathy announced the new Hawaii Section officers for the 2021-2022 year. Cathy swore in the new officers, Kelly Akasaki (President), Jasmine Teramae-Kaehuaea (Vice President), and Keoni Wasano (Secretary-Treasurer). Cathy also announced that the current Hawaii Section President, Jennylyn Tapat was appointed to serve as the Career Guidance Committee Chair for the Western District. Finally, Jennylyn thanked the current officers and committee chairs and announced that the next section meeting would be held on November 18th with a presentation by City and County of Honolulu Department of Transportation Services on their new Transportation Impact Analysis Guide.

September 2020 Meeting Highlights

A virtual section meeting was held on Wednesday, September 23, 2020. There were 15 ITE members and 5 non-ITE members in attendance.

Vice President Kelly Akasaki welcomed everyone to the meeting and provided a few Section updates. First, Kelly discussed the first virtual resume review workshop that was held between September 7-11, 2020. The workshop helped University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Civil & Environmental Engineering students prepare for the College of Engineering Fall Career Fair. There were 13 professionals and 19 students that participated. Second, Kelly announced that the next section meeting is our Section Annual meeting, which will be held on October 21, 2020 with a tentative confirmation of Randy McCourt as the next guest speaker. Finally, Kelly introduced our guest speaker, Kimberly Leung who is an Engineer with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA).

Kimberly’s presentation focused on “San Francisco’s Slow Streets Program” which is intended limit through traffic on certain residential streets and allow them to be used more as a shared space. She discussed the quick development of the program in response to COVID-19 and highlighted some challenges and lessons learned along the way. The program began on April 21, 2020 with a focus on 12 corridors that eventually grew to 33 corridors. The Slow Streets program is an application-based program. Thus, once a corridor is identified by the community or an elected official an internal and external screen process would occur, and if is approved then the treatments are implemented.

Kimberly admitted that due to the quick development of the program the ideal criteria for a slow street was not defined prior to the first two (2) phases. It was a trial and error process and some treatments were removed on some corridors due to operational issues. By Phase 3, SFMTA learned that an ideal slow streets corridor was preferable a two (2) lane roadway, a segment of at least 6-8 blocks, a low volume roadway, and typically located in a residential area. Stop-controlled segments were preferred, but they were able to implement slow streets on corridors with traffic signals. On the other hand, SFMTA avoided implementing slow streets on roadways or segments that were part of a transit route, major emergency route, or on a commercial street with frequent loading/unloading activity. The two main challenges were limited resources and on-going maintenance. SFMTA will continue to monitor and evaluate the performance of slow streets by measuring pedestrian and bicycle volumes, vehicle volumes, vehicle travel speeds, traffic diversion, and community perception and compliance.

After Kimberly’s presentation, Cathy Leong took a group photo. Finally, before ending the meeting Kelly Akasaki reminded everyone that the next meeting will be held on October 21, 2020.