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In only its first week, the City and County of Honolulu's "Drive Akamai" traffic information program is proving to be a success with city residents.


"We have received more than 5,000 hits on our new website, and close to 1,000 calls to our Drive Akamai hotline," said Mayor Mufi Hannemann.   "It's good to know that people are seeking out the very useful information that we are providing so that they can better plan their daily commutes."


The website and public outreach effort has a price tag of $70,000.  Mayor Hannemann and members of his cabinet unveiled the program at a press conference on July 5th. 


"There seems to be some confusion on the part of some, including Councilman Charles Djou, that the City paid $400,000 for a website," said Department of Transportation Services Director Melvin Kaku.  "That's simply not so.  The website and public outreach is just a small, albeit significant, component of a larger traffic management contract awarded to Austin, Tsutsumi & Associates to collect and analyze traffic control plans and coordinate construction projects of the City, state and private entities that will assist the City in minimizing traffic congestion."


"I'm happy to see that people are taking advantage of the tools we are providing while our administration goes about the work of improving our public infrastructure," said Mayor Hannemann.  "Residents can look forward to further enhancements on both the website ( and the hotline (768-3777)."




Contact: Melvin Kaku 768-8303

Friday, July 13, 2007

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