The Rail, TOD, & Bikes 9/10
Meet the Speakers (those working to make it happen)
Deputy Director of Transportation Services, City and County of Honolulu
Mark Garrity is the Deputy Director of Transportation Services for the City and County of Honolulu. He has been involved in several initiatives including implementation of Complete Streets, integration of the City’s bus system with the future rail system, encouraging Transit Oriented Development, establishing a network of protected bike lanes, and supporting establishment of bike share, car share, and parklets. He leads a working group developing a new electronic fare collection system to be used on bus and rail and has established a program focused on improving walking, bicycling and bus connections to rail transit stations.
Transit Oriented Development Administrator, City and County of Honolulu
Harrison Rue is Community Building and TOD Administrator for the City and County of Honolulu. He is leading creation, adoption, and implementation of Neighborhood TOD Plans around 19 station areas for Honolulu’s 20 mile rail line, including revised codes and zoning, financial tools, catalytic project development, and an islandwide affordable housing strategy. Rue has developed integrated plans, programs, policies, training, and implementation strategies at the rural, urban, regional, and statewide level. He recently led development of guidebooks, tools, training, evaaluation tools, and technical assistance for US DOT, HUD, EPA, and CDC.
Systems Planning Manager, Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation
Ryan Tam has been a Systems Planning Manager at the Honolulu Rail Transit Project since 2009. He manages environmental permitting, bike-bus-rail integration, and other transportation planning efforts for the project. Previously, he conducted public outreach and planning of the City’s Oahu Trans 2K Bus Rapid Transit effort. He born and raised in Makiki, obtained a Doctorate in Urban Planning from MIT, and currently lives in Kakaako.
He rides a 2001 Fuji Finest-AL road bike.
Executive Director, Pacific Resource Partnership
As the Executive Director of Pacific Resource Partnership (PRP), Hawaii’s largest labor-management partnership, John White is responsible for developing long- and short-term strategic plans and programs that support unionized construction with a focus on the organization’s commitment to a more sustainable Hawaii. His role includes collaborating with new and existing partners and identifying prime markets for growth in order to cultivate a thriving industry, thereby ensuring a healthy state economy and improving the quality of life for Hawaii residents.
Prior to joining PRP, John held extensive leadership roles in the private, public and non-profit sectors. He established himself as a valuable resource as Chief of Staff to U.S. Congresswoman Mazie Hirono and as a trusted legislative aide to former Honolulu Councilmember Duke Bainum. John also served as the Executive Director of the Atherton YMCA and as a project manager for a land-use consulting firm.
John serves on the Boards of Directors for the YMCA of Honolulu, Pacific Links Hawaii Foundation and Move Oahu Forward, and is a steering committee member for Rail-Volution, a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming America’s cities into integrated communities where people have transportation choices.