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State launches new website to help Oahu commuters

Brennon Morioka Brennon Morioka
GoAkamai.org GoAkamai.org

By Taizo Braden - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)-  With many schools already session and the University of Hawaii beginning soon, the commute is starting to get busier. To help beat the "back to school jam", the State Department of Transportation (DOT) has launched a brand new website that will make commuting by car, bike, bus and even airplane a lot easier.

GoAkamai.org brings together both the city, state and federal traffic managements systems all under one-easy to use web-site. The system went on-line Tuesday morning and now travelers can see road conditions and traffic flow along every mile of the H-1, H-2 and the Moanalua freeway.

"For the first time, we really have real time data out there where people can go and access that in the morning before they get into their cars and see the cameras out there, plug in where they want to start and go, and find about how long it's going to take," says Brennon Morioka of the DOT.

To help compute those drive times the DOT has also installed more than seventy solar powered Doppler radar traffic monitors across Oahu. These devices use radar to accurately measure the traffic volume and speed. Officials hope the public will use the data, which is updated every minute, to spot accidents and bad traffic to better plan alternate routes.

Along with road traffic information, the GoAkamai website also has Honolulu airport delays, road construction updates, city bus routes and times, even current surf and weather conditions. The state plans to expand this one-stop travel website to the neighbor islands in the coming years.

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