City and County of Honolulu

03/25/2020 10:52 AM


City announces new initiatives and changes to transportation programs


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Press Office: (808) 768-5768


City announces new initiatives and changes to transportation programs


HONOLULU- The Department of Transportation Services (DTS) announces new initiatives and changes to current practices to assist O‘ahu residents and businesses during the stay-at-home period.


Restaurants and Food Trucks:


1. Designated Parking Stalls for Restaurant Drive-Thru and Pickup:

Brick and mortar restaurants with limited parking and adjacent on-street metered parking may obtain up to three signed and marked bags to cover meters fronting and adjacent to their establishments. No parking will be allowed in these stalls designated with the special bag. These stalls are intended to allow customers to drive up to restaurants who may now offer curbside pickup. These stalls are not reserved specifically for any one restaurant; neighboring restaurants must share the use of these parking spaces with bagged meters.


2. Street Usage Permits for Food Trucks:

Food trucks and other businesses involved in the distribution of food may obtain a special Street Usage Permit, valid until April 30, which will allow their vehicles to park without paying in City metered stalls. These vehicles may not park in stalls already bagged and marked, as described in Item 1 above, for drive-thru pick up.


Starting Wednesday, March 25, between 2:00 and 4:00 pm, and ending on Friday, April 3, DTS staff will be stationed in the lobby of Honolulu Hale, 530 South King Street to issue loading zone meter bags and Street Usage Permits for food trucks. Park on South King Street, immediately fronting Honolulu Hale, and visit the table fronting the City Clerk’s Office on the ground floor. NOTE: Thursday, March 26 is Prince Kuhio Day, a state holiday, and Honolulu Hale will be closed.


For RESTAURANTS: Provide your restaurant name, address, and contact name and phone number.

For FOOD TRUCKS: Bring a copy of your annual Department of Health permit and provide your business name, license plate number, contact name, and phone number.


Transportation and Street Usage:


3. Parking Allowed All-Day in Specific “No Parking-Tow Away Zones” in Residential Neighborhoods

Recognizing that Honolulu residents are required to work from home, when possible, and that traffic is greatly reduced during AM and PM peak hours, starting Friday, March 27, DTS will allow parking in specific marked “No Parking-Tow Away Zone” locations. This will allow residents in these areas to park all day, throughout peak hours. Metered rates, if meters are present, will still apply in designated hours. These areas include:

a. South King Street between South Street and University Avenue

b. South Beretania Street between University Avenue and Ward Avenue

c. Wilder Avenue between Pensacola Street and Dole Street

d. Date Street between Kapiolani Boulevard and Kapahulu Avenue

4. Suspension of Contraflow Operations on Kapiolani Boulevard and Ward Avenue

Due to reduced traffic, starting Friday, March 27, contraflow operations on City streets Kapiolani Boulevard and Ward Avenue will be suspended until April 30.


5. Allowance of Construction on City Streets through Normal Peak Hours

DTS is considering allowing closure of City streets for construction purposes through the AM and PM peak hours due to reduced on-street traffic volumes on a case-by-case basis. Please call DTS’ Street Usage Branch at (808) 768-8387 for more information.


DTS is still accepting regular street usage permits for construction and events. Permit requests must be dropped off at Fasi Municipal Building, using the drop-off tray with the name, email address, and phone number of applicant. Permits will be processed, however, no staff will be available at the front desk. Permit applicants will be contacted via phone or email regarding permit approval. Payments will still be accepted.


Please note: street usage permits for EVENTS planned between March 20th and May 1st will NOT be accepted due to current State and City and County emergency orders prohibiting gathering in light of social distancing requirements.


—PAU—


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