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June 2021 Meeting Highlights

A virtual section meeting was held on Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021. There were 21 people in attendance.

ITE Western District International Director Cathy Leong welcomed everyone to the meeting and reminded everyone about the upcoming 2021 Virtual ITE Joint International, Western, & Mountain Districts Annual Meeting. Event details and links to register are provided below.

Cathy introduced Mark Spencer, Senior Principal and Vice President of W-Trans, a traffic engineering consultant in the state of California.  Mark also currently serves as one of the two ITE Western District International Directors. Mark’s presentation focused on W-Tran’s partnership with the City of Menlo Park and their recently completed Transportation Master Plan (TMP). Menlo Park is located between San Francisco and San Jose and lies in the center of Silicon Valley. Although Menlo Park’s total resident population is relatively small, the number of daily commuters traveling through the city is nearly three times higher than the number of local residents due to its location and proximity to regional connections. In his presentation, Mark discussed lessons learned and the efforts required to complete the master plan.  That included an assessment of transportation operations, a robust public engagement program, reconciliation of proposed transportation improvements to a common baseline, formation of unified recommendations based on input from a Steering Committee, and identification of funding partnerships and grant opportunities.  All of which culminated into the development of the Menlo Park TMP that now serves as a blueprint for City decision making going forward.  A total of 190 projects were assembled for potential inclusion in the TMP and prioritized based on the level that they address or serve one or more of the following criteria:

  • Safety
  • Transportation Sustainability
  • Greenhouse Gas Reduction
  • School Access
  • Congestion Relief/Management
  • Sensitive Population
  • Green Infrastructure

Lastly, we will not be holding section meetings during July and August in support of ITE’s Joint International, Western & Mountain District Annual Meeting (see below). Our next scheduled section meeting will be in September with details to be provided at a later date.

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

The International Annual Meeting will be held over two weeks (July 20-22 & July 27-29). The meeting will feature plenary sessions, technical sessions, workshops, & poster sessions.  In addition, there are a few Western District only events held during the joint meeting which require separate registration through the Western District website. The district events include:

Friday, July 23rd:

  • Annual Business Meeting (12-1 PM PDT) – This will be on Zoom with the link shared with all members
  • Awards Session (4-5:15 PM PDT) – This will be on Zoom with the link shared with all members
  • Family Night Event (5:30-7:30 PM PDT) – Registration required

Saturday, July 24th:

  • Career Guidance Sessions (8 AM-12 PM PDT) – Registration required
    • Panel discussion
    • Debut of mentorship program
    • Resume/speed interview workshop
  • Kell Competition (12:30-4:30 PM PDT) – Registration required

April 2021 Meeting Highlights

A virtual section meeting was held on Wednesday, April 21st, 2021. There were 25 ITE members and 1 non-ITE participant in attendance.

President Kelly Akasaki welcomed everyone to the meeting and announced that the Committee Chair reports would be provided in the section meeting minutes. Reference the Committee Updates section below. International Director Cathy Leong introduced the candidates for ITE Western District Secretary-Treasurer, Justin Link (City Traffic Engineer/Principal Engineer for the City of Simi Valley, CA) and Douglas Smith (Senior Program Manager – Traffic Engineering and ITS for HDR). The Hawaii Section invited the candidates to share a little about themselves and why they were running for the position. For more information about the 2021 candidates please visit the Western ITE candidates page here.

Vice President Jasmine Teramae-Kaehuaea introduced Jon Nouchi, Deputy Director, City & County of Honolulu Department of Transportation Services, who focused on how the C&C of Honoluluʻs DTS responded to Oahu residents’ needs during the pandemic, and a past, current, and future look at mobility on our island. Jon discussed some of the issues they’ve overcome during the pandemic, provided updates on the Holo card being released in July, and shared a video from his first ride on the HART train. His presentation is available through the ITE Hawaii section website.

Lastly, Cathy announced that the Hawaii Section will be hosting a virtual Technical Solutions Event on Wednesday, May 19th, in place of the next meeting. This event is provided in collaboration with transportation industry partners including Carmanah, Econolite, Iteris, PedSafety, and Q-Free. The goal of these sessions is to provide attendees with innovative solutions for transportation issues and shared lessons learned from these projects. For this inaugural year, registration is free for ITE members and public agency members with a nominal fee for all others. A link to register is available on the event webpage, provided below, and will be emailed in the coming days.

ITE Quarterly Meeting Updates (March ’21)

The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways (MUTCD) released a notice of proposed amendments in December 2020. The proposed changes are intended to update the technical provisions to reflect advances in technologies and operational practices, incorporate recent trends and innovations, and set the stage for automated driving systems as those continue to take shape. These proposed changes are being designated as the 11th edition of the MUTCD.

FHWA and US DOT are requesting comments on the NPA. Comments must be received on or before March 15th, 2021.

Committee Updates

Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization (OMPO) – Committee Chair Robert Nehmad

The Oahu Regional Transportation Plan (ORTP)-2045 update process is underway, looking at transportation through 2045. The ORTP 2045’s theme is Ke Ala Imua, which roughly translates to The Path Forward.  The ORTP 2045 will lay out our path forward for our transportation system for the future.  Our future transportation system is one that will be multi-modal, equally supporting people who are walking, biking, using transit, and driving to get to their destination.

The following meetings have been held:

  • Citizen Advisory Committee Meeting – April 7, 2021
  • Technical Advisory Committee Meeting – April 9, 2021

The final meeting, where the Policy Board votes on the ORTP-2045 Plan approval, will be held on April 27, 2021 at 1:00PM via MS Teams.

Upcoming Events

May 19: ITE Hawaii Section Virtual Technical Solutions Event

June 23: ITE Hawaii June Section Meeting – Mark Spencer, Senior Principal, W-Trans and ITE Western District International Director

July 20-22, July 27-29 (Two weeks): 2021 Virtual ITE Joint International, Western, & Mountain Districts Annual Meeting

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.