A Virginia transportation planner with business ties to Hawaii will lead the initiative to redevelop vast swaths of Oahu under Honolulu’s transit oriented development program.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced today that he would hire Harrison Rue as his TOD program administrator, which is a position under the city’s Planning and Permitting Department.

Rue currently works for ICF International based in Virginia. In 2012, he helped plan the University of Hawaii Sea Grant’s Smart Growth Workshop, and from 1998 to 2002 was a leader of the city’s Islandwide Traffic Calming Program.

TOD is a major component of Honolulu’s $5.26 billion rail project, and is meant to rehabilitate and revitalize segments of the island were train stations are planned. The idea is to make Honolulu more pedestrian friendly while getting more vehicles off the road.

Click here to learn more about the city’s TOD plan.

—Nick Grube