Roger Morton appointed director of city transportation services; Jon Nouchi returns as deputy

Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi has appointed Roger Morton as director of the city’s transportation services department, effective today.

Morton for the past 15 years has been President and CEO of Oahu Transit Services, which oversees TheBus and TheHandi-Van, and most recently, an annual budget of $ 280 million and 2,050 employees.

In his new role, he will be responsible for leading the administration and oversight of TheBus, TheHandi-Van and the future rail system, the first segment of which is expected to open in the second half of 2021.

“Director Morton will lead our transportation services department into a new era of mobility,” Blangiardi said in a press release. “Under this administration, Roger will continue to oversee our incredible TheBus and TheHandi-Van services, as well as bringing the operations of the city’s new rail system to life. With nearly five decades of exceptional transportation experience, I am grateful and we are very fortunate to have Roger on our team.

Morton, a graduate of Kalani High School, holds an MA in Community and Regional Planning from the University of British Columbia and is an industry-recognized alumnus of the Eno Transit Leadership program. His career in transport spans over 46 years.

Jon Nouchi will serve alongside Morton as Deputy Director of DTS, a position he also held for the Caldwell administration.

Nouchi, a graduate of the Iolani School and the University of Southern California who has worked in planning and operating efficient and sustainable transportation networks in Hawaii for more than 20 years, will continue to oversee all modes of mobility. of public transport, transport engineering, transport technology and transport. Planning.

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