About Us

About DTS

The City & County of Honolulu's Department of Transportation Services consists of five divisions: Traffic Engineering, Transportation Planning, Traffic Signals & Technology, Public Transit, and Rapid Transit.

Traffic Engineering

Street intersection

The Traffic Engineering Division (TE) provides for the safe and efficient operation of streets and intersections. It annually:

  • Investigates 1,105 traffic safety issue requests and complaints,
  • Conducts 137 maintenance investigations,
  • Assists Corporation Counsel with 12 traffic-related legal cases,
  • Administers construction of 21 traffic calming projects, and
  • Conducts traffic safety public education media campaigns.

Transportation Planning

The Transportation Planning Division (TPD) performs the citywide transportation planning required by the Federal transportation funding program. It also programs the City's transportation projects to be eligible for Federal highway and transit funds. Annually, it:

  • Reviews approximately 50-100 environmental impact assessment documents,
  • Responds to 200 data inquiries,
  • Completes 600 traffic surveys,
  • Prepares and submits Federal transit assistance application for $50 million, and
  • Coordinated programming $15-20 million in Federal Highway Administration funding.

Traffic Signals & Technology

Traffic signal

The Traffic Signals & Technology Division (TST) manages, operates, develops, and implements Honolulu's traffic signal systems, Traffic Management Center, traffic camera system, traveler information program, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), and Street Use Permits. It annually:

  • Maintains 760 traffic signals and 135 traffic cameras,
  • Reviews 1,200 construction plans, and
  • Issues 4,574 street usage permits, 117 parade and block party permits, 222 oversize and overweight permits, and 92 bike and run permits.

Public Transit

TheBus & TheHandi-Van

The Public Transit Division (PTD) oversees the contractor operating the City's public transit system (TheBus and TheHandi-Van), and responds to recommendations, complaints, and questions regarding public transit. It also procures new buses and Handi-Vans; plans, designs, constructs, and maintains transit centers; and installs and maintains bus stops and shelters.

  • Has 531 buses and 139 Handi-Vans
  • Runs 93 bus routes
  • Travels more than 22 million miles per year
  • Uses nearly 7 million gallons of diesel fuel per year
  • Has 4,000 bus stops
  • TheBus provides for about 22,000 passenger boardings per day, or 69 million per year, and collects approximately $42 million in revenue.
  • Oahu Transit Services employs 1,753 people.