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Websites can help drivers navigate APEC-time traffic

By Gene Park

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Today I'm forgoing my usual First Friday routine of taking questions to talk Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation.

It's next week, and I figure a one-stop resource dump for all traffic-related APEC information would be beneficial. Keep this on your refrigerators for the next week or so, and be sure to fill up your bookmark folders. I'll try to cram as much info as I can in this space.

The U.S. State Department put out a comprehensive news release about traffic and parking restrictions around the Hawai'i Convention Center. It's been reported everywhere, but you can go straight to the source here: www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2011/10/175912.htm.

It details all roads that will be closed except for vehicles "with a law enforcement purpose."

The city's APEC-specific website is also another one-stop resource. Visit www1.honolulu.gov/mayor/apec.htm.

On the site you will find a link to the city's Nixle service. Anyone can sign up and get email alerts.

This is useful not just for APEC, but for general traffic information as well. You'll get accident reports and road closure alerts from the Honolulu Police Department throughout the year.

The city's site also has a link to sign up to receive the city's news releases. You might want to sign up for APEC week, then unsubscribe. It's not every day you might be interested in Mayor Peter Carlisle's daily public schedule.

Then there's Twitter. I know many of you aren't on it, but if there's ever a time to get started, APEC is it.

The city Department of Transportation Services has its own account at twitter.com/hnldts. It is normally updated pretty regularly, and lately it's been very active as APEC comes into full swing. It even goes as far as to re-tweet (repost) other accounts.

It also doesn't hurt to follow twitter.com/APEC2011Hawaii. It mostly tweets about meetings and events, but no doubt it will offer some public service announcements, too.

Obviously, news surrounding the conference is fluid, and traffic could end up being worse than expected. That's why it's important to stay tuned in to media reports, including staradvertiser.com.

You can also follow me on Twitter, twitter.com/GenePark and the Star-Advertiser, at twitter.com/staradvertiser, for even more live updates.

I'll be updating throughout the event. And feel free to email me any traffic gripes or concerns you have about APEC throughout next week. I'm probably not finished talking about the conference.

It's going to be a long week for all of us, so let's remember to drive with aloha.


Reach Gene Park at gpark@staradvertiser.com, or Twitter as @GenePark.






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sukebesan wrote:
Best APEC week advice: Stay home and don't go anywhere! Despite all the real time traffic information out there, traffic gridlock will occur within a 2-mile radius around the Hawaii Convention Center between the hours of 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. everyday.
on November 4,2011 | 07:58AM
kalela wrote:
Don't forget thebus.org for people who use The Bus & will be affected. They already have information posted.
on November 4,2011 | 08:23AM
aceman808 wrote:
I forsee that the H1 will be extremely busy on east and west bound traffic during the week. Since they will closing parts of Kapiolani Blvd and Ala Moana Blvd. it will be a huge mess. They expect businesses to busy due the amount of visitors but those businesses in the affected area will see the extreme opposite.
on November 4,2011 | 10:08AM
akamaiperson wrote:
You should mention that the City will be shutting off public access to its traffic webcams from Nov 7 through Nov 14.
on November 4,2011 | 12:26PM
GenePark wrote:
I wish I could've mentioned more, but you know how space issues can get. But feel free to post as much advice as you can on this forum! And email me for anything APEC traffic related throughout the week! Thanks for reading all!
on November 4,2011 | 12:44PM
KeithHaugen wrote:
Will APEC know why there is no traffic, only a few pedestrians, no paddlers on the Ala Wai, no homeless tents in view? Will they be allowed to read the Star-Advertiser, or watch local television news? Will the paper and TV stations be allowed to report on those things?
on November 5,2011 | 07:15AM
matsudo wrote:
Should have APEC on Lanai. Less security zones to worry about, and there's a lovely resort there. Why Oahu?
on November 6,2011 | 07:16AM
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