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Program Planning at February Units: The Unit - What Is it?
President's Message (Barbara Farwell)
How Laws Grow
Units - What Is the League Doing?
What Makes the City Run? Dept of Transportation Services (Dorothy Lum)
Transportation Update (Dorothy Lum)
Ghostrider on TheBus
Women's Issues
Public Hearings on Development Plans
League Position on Housing (Astrid Monson)
Builder Talks to Planning Committee
Growth Management Planning
Wanted Alive & Active
Sunshine Coalition
Corporate Fund Raising (Bobbie Slater)
Direct Mail Drive
Is Anyone Listening? The New Board of Education (Arlene Woo)
Values and Violence in the Schools
Health Care Study

What Makes the City Run? Dept of Transportation Services

The Department of Transportation Services (DTS) is responsible for planning, designing, coordinating, operating, and maintaining public mass transportation systems and facilities; and for the efficient, safe, and expeditious movement of traffic, including bicycles, on the City's streets and roadways." (DTS Report, 1980)

The department is comprised of four divisions and three units:

The Bus Systems Division administers the bus program. This includes development of new routes, upgrading service, recommending fare structure and coordinating with federal, state, and community agencies.

Bus transit operations, however, are performed under a management contract with MTL, Inc., a private company. Daily operations, personnel and maintenance are not under direct supervisory control of DTS; MTL reports to the Mayor.

The Rapid Transit Division administers the planning, design and implementation of the long-range transit development plan (which includes HART), assists the department head in formulating transportation policy, coordinates programs with other agencies and community groups, and performs other administrative services.

The Traffic Engineering Division plans and designs traffic needs such as intersection flow and one-way streets, operates and maintains municipal parking lots and structures, and includes a separate traffic signals branch. The chief function of this division is the efficient, safe and expeditious use of city streets.

Electrical Maintenance Services, the fourth division, maintains signs and traffic lights and handles city street, parks and mall lighting systems.

The three units in DTS are Traffic Safety Education, Administrative Services, and Transportation Planning and Programming Services. The first two units are self explanatory. In the latter unit, the planning section works on multi-modal transportation planning and the federally mandated 3-C process which are the "cooperative, continuing and comprehensive" aspects of planning. These three considerations are included in the city's part of the Oahy Metropolitan Planning Organization (OMPO). OMPO, composed of representatives from both the city and the state, coordinates Oahu's transportation planning.

The programming section of the unit works on federal-aid and capital improvement projects, plus the Transportation Systems Management element. TSM, which includes all the elements of traffic engineering, is one of the planning activities mandated as a prerequisite for federal highway or mass transit funds.

The League's interests lie primarily with the branches which handle planning, as it relates to urban design, and service, as it relates to the public's need for transportation.

Dee Lum

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