Planning Studies

Ongoing Planning Studies

The table below lists ongoing planning studies that are supported by federal funding programmed in OahuMPO’s Overall Work Program.  Regional planning studies can be led by OahuMPO or by an eligible government agencies.  Government agencies leading regional planning studies include the following:

  • City and County of Honolulu Department of Transortation Services (DTS)
  • City and County of Honolulu Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency (OCCSR)
  • Hawaii State Energy Office (HSEO)
  • State Department of Land and Natural Resources/Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission (DLNR)
  • University of Hawaii Manoa – Uehiro Academy for Philosophy and Ethics in Education (UHM)

Please scroll down to see Completed Planning Studies.

Materials for subrecipients can be found at this link: Subrecipient Monitoring

For more information, please email oahumpo@oahumpo.org.

Study Title
Estimated Completion Date
Active Transportation Monitoring Data Program
TBD
Educational Framework for Youth Engagement in Oahu’s Transportation Planning
TBD
Mobility Hub Study Phase II (City Facilities)
June 2026
Multimodal Assessment Phase I
June 2025
Multimodal Assessment Phase II
June 2025
Short-Range Transit Improvement Program
TBD
State Government Employee Transportation Demand Management
June 2025
Transit Rider Survey – Phases I and II
TBD
Transit Asset Management (TAM) Plan Phases I and II
December 2024
Traffic Signal Optimization and Demand Management
TBD
Vision Zero Action Plan
June 2024
Description
This project will collect and manage active transportation data, which allows for the monitoring of regional trends in bicycle and pedestrian travel patterns. The data from this project will inform the prioritization of funding for bicycle and pedestrian improvement projects. This project consists of four phases; the first three are complete and the fourth is underway.
Responsible Agency: DTS
Total Funds: $917,279
This study will develop an educational framework for engaging K-12 students in transportation planning on Oahu from their classrooms. T
Responsible Agency: UHM
Phase 1 Total Funds: $125,295
Phase 2 Total Funds: $285,118
The Mobility Hub study will evaluate the feasibility of establishing City and County of Honolulu mobility hubs in Haleiwa Town and urban Honolulu. The goal of the study will be to assess various ways to make better use of City-owned and other publicly owned properties to encourage the use of alternative transportation and mobility options. This work element will be funded in both the 2024-2025 and 2026-2027 OWP cycles.
Responsible Agency: OahuMPO
Total Funds: $200,000 from the OWP 2024-2025
This work element will conduct a multi-modal assessment that would help identify specific needs and projects to reduce vehicle miles traveled for the island of Oahu. The study includes a needs assessment, recommendations for impactful projects, and training and data subscription services.
Responsible Agency: OahuMPO
Total Funds: $100,000
Phase II will take the recommended projects from phase 1 and prepare them for inclusion in the Oahu Regional Transportation Plan (ORTP) 2050 and the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). Phase two will also include the development of quantifiable metrics that can be used in the MPO’s project selection and prioritization for the TIP.
Responsible Agency: OahuMPO
Total Funds: $150,000
This study will identify strengths and weaknesses in existing transit service, propose strategies and projects to correct weaknesses and enhance strengths, prioritize strategies and projects to maximize benefits and minimize costs, and develop an implementation plan.
Responsible Agency: DTS
Total Funds: $2,377,085
The State Governmental Employee Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Plan will develop recommendations to increase transportation choices for state government employees on Oahu.
Responsible Agency: OahuMPO
Total Funds: $250,000
The primary goal of the Transit Rider Survey Project is to collect reliable data on current bus riders and non-riders including demographic information, travel patterns and behavior, and transit service preferences. The Phase I survey was completed in 2021-2022 and the Phase II survey is anticipated to begin in 2025, after segment two of Skyline opens.
Responsible Agency: DTS
Phase I Total Funds: $1,400,000
Phase II Total Funds: $1,716,915
This TAM Plan for DTS outlines strategies, processes, and tools to address asset management policy and goals and to maintain Honolulu’s multi-modal transit system in a State of Good Repair. The Phase I deliverable was DTS’ 2022 TAM Plan. Phase II is underway, and includes an inventory of rail assets.
Responsible Agency: DTS
Phase I Total Funds: $250,000
Phase II Total Funds: $950,000
This study will prepare a calibrated microsimulation modeling system that is integrated in the OahuMPO’s Oahu Regional Travel Demand Forecasting Model (ORTDFM).
Responsible Agency: DTS
Total Funds: $550,000
The primary objective is to develop a Vision Zero Action Plan that will identify high crash locations, establish and prioritize Vision Zero projects, develop educational materials, and evaluate safety improvements.
Responsible Agency: DTS
Total Funds: $1,400,000

Completed Planning Studies (2019-Present)

The table below lists completed planning studies that are supported by funding from OahuMPO.

For all planning studies completed prior to 2019, please see the Planning Studies Archive.

Study Title (Year of Completion)
Mobility Hub Study Phase I (State Facilities)(2024)
Energy Conservation Emissions Reduction Plan (2024)
Planning for Improved Resilience to Coastal Hazards through Green Infrastructure (2024)
Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Plan (2023)
HART Autonomous Vehicle Planning Study (2023)
Kapolei Maintenance Facility & Transit Center Alternatives Analysis (2022)
Ala Moana Transit Plaza Alternatives Analysis (2022)
Work Where You Live (2021)
Review and Update of Planned Right-of-Way for Existing Streets (2021)
PM Peak Period Tow Away Zone Time Modifications on Urban Arterials (2021)
Ala Wai Canal Alternatives Analysis (2019)
Oahu Bike Plan Update (2019)
Emergency Evacuation Plan (2019)
Central Oahu Transportation Study (2019)
Description
This study assessed state parking facilities on Oahu that could allow for multi-modal use. It identified and described state parking facilities, including their utilization rates; evaluated and priced various ways to make better use of these state assets in ways that encourage the use of alternative transportation and mobility options.
Responsible Agency: DLNR
Total Funds: $125,000
The objective of this study was to prepare an energy conservation and emissions reduction plan for city transportation systems including methods to meet city and state commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and transition to sources of clean energy.
Responsible Agency: OCCSR
Total Funds: $500,000
The project consisted of a feasibility assessment for the development of a green infrastructure project that will protect Kamehameha Highway from flooding and erosion, improve community resiliency to sea level rise and coastal storms, provide recreational resources and protect native habitat by restoring the beach at Punaluu.
Responsible Agency: DLNR
Total Funds: $250,000
The primary objective is to develop a TDM Plan that will develop targets, strategies, and evaluation measures to reduce vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and reduce single-occupancy vehicle (SOV) mode share.
Responsible Agency: DTS
Total Funds: $483,354
This study developed techniques to stimulate the long-term impacts of shared or autonomous vehicle (SAV) deployments and other new mobility technology within the regional Travel Demand Forecasting Model (TDFM).
Responsible Agency: HART
Total Funds: $50,000
This study included conceptual planning and design studies to assess alternatives for the development of a transit center (mobility hub) and a new public transit support facility on vacant City-owned land.
Responsible Agency: DTS
Total Funds: $453,023
This study consisted of conceptual planning and design studies to assess alternatives for the development of a new mobility hub in the vicinity of the future Ala Moana (Kalia) Rail Transit Station.
Responsible Agency: DTS
Total Funds: $500,000
The Work Where You Live Study assessed the telework experience of Oahu-based State of Hawaii and City & County of Honolulu employees during the Stay-at-Home/Work-from-Home period of the COVID-19 pandemic with the intent of formulating and promoting updated telework policies that provide State and City employees with greater flexibility and options for working from home.
Responsible Agency: DTS in coordination with OPSD
Total Funds: $100,000
This study reviewed the City’s existing policies regarding widening and improvement of existing streets island wide, consistent with recommendations from the Primary Urban Center Development Plan and the ongoing Complete Streets Implementation Study.
Responsible Agency: DTS
Total Funds: $500,000
This study objective was to analyze the effectiveness of current PM peak tow restrictions on urban arterial streets in the City & County of Honolulu and to determine what, if any, modifications to existing tow away times would improve overall traffic conditions.
Responsible Agency: DTS
Total Funds: $230,000
This study was conducted to identify, develop, and evaluate whether and how to provide additional access over the Ala Wai Canal and enhance connection between the Waikiki, Ala Moana, and McCully/Moiliili neighborhoods.
Responsible Agency: DTS
Total Funds: $535,000
The Oahu Bike Plan Update will guide the continued growth of bicycling as a safe, convenient, accessible, affordable, healthy, and fun transportation option. The plan identifies specific projects, policies, and programs that will expand bicycle ridership and provide a network of safe, low-stress bikeways attractive to users of all ages and abilities.
Responsible Agency: DTS
Total Funds: $250,000
This study consisted of tsunami evacuation routes, signage, and designated Safe Sites correlated with updated tsunami modeling. The study was completed in two phases that differed based on project area.
Responsible Agency: City and County of Honolulu Department of Emergency Management
Phase 1 Total Funds:$500,000
Phase 2 Total Funds: $800,000
The Central Oahu Transportation Study looked at the transportation needs of people who live, work, and play in Central Oahu, both now and in the future. The study evaluates how well the transportation system is working for people who travel to, from, and within Central Oahu, and includes evaluating how future, planned development will affect travel. The study examined transportation system improvements, strategies, and policies that can improve regional transportation mobility and access. The Central Oahu Transportation Study region included Whitmore Village, Wahiawa, Mililani, Waipio, and Waikele.
Responsible Agency: OahuMPO
Total Funds: $500,000

For all planning studies completed prior to 2019, please see the Planning Studies Archive.