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Honolulu Department of Transportation Services gets new leadership

                                Dre Kalili and Jon Nouchi


    Dre Kalili and Jon Nouchi

The City and County of Honolulu’s Department of Transportation Services has new leadership with Jon Nouchi being sworn in as acting director after serving in the position for two weeks, the department announced today.

Additionally, Dre Kalili has been sworn in as deputy director after taking on the role earlier this month.

Nouchi has been serving as acting director since Nov. 11, when former director Wes Frysztacki decided to step down from the position.

As Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s administration comes to a close, Frysztacki decided to move to Washington state to spend time with his family.

Nouchi has worked in “planning and operating efficient and sustainable transportation networks in Hawaii for over 20 years,” DTS said.

He had previously been serving as deputy director for DTS, but vacated the position to take on the acting director role. He also served as deputy director of planning and environment for the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation.

Kalili, who was appointed by Caldwell, joined DTS last year, and has “led initiatives for policy development on rail operations, transit, and new mobility, successful competitive federal grants for electric buses, and laying foundations for non-fare revenue programs to support transit operations.”

She has served as the business development manager for the DTS’ Harbors Division. Kalili also has a decade’s worth of experience working at the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands.

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