What is the Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization?
The Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization, commonly called OahuMPO, is responsible for coordinating transportation planning on Oahu.
Although OahuMPO serves as the metropolitan planning organization for the two urbanized areas on Oahu (Honolulu and Kailua-Kaneohe), OahuMPO coordinates transportation planning for the entire island.
The Federal Surface Transportation Assistance Act of 1973 (see Code of Federal Regulations Chapter 23 Part 450) required the formation of a metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for any urbanized area with a population greater than 50,000. Those municipalities with a population greater than 200,000 are further designated as a Transportation Management Area (TMA). OahuMPO is a TMA.
This mandate was based on the need to ensure that existing and future expenditures for transportation projects and programs were based on a comprehensive, cooperative, and continuing (3-C) planning process. Federal funding for transportation projects and programs are channeled through this planning process.
OahuMPO was designated by the Governor effective June 17, 2015. The Designation Agreement was signed by the Governor of the State of Hawaii and Chairperson of the City Council of the City and County of Honolulu. Act 132, Session Laws of Hawaii 2015 repealed Section 279E of the Hawaii Revised Statutes and conforms to and is consistent with the requirements of Title 23 United States Code Section 134, Title 49 United States Code Section 5303, and 23 Code of Federal Regulations Subpart C. The Act was signed by the Governor on June 19, 2015 and became effective on July 1, 2015.
OahuMPO’s function is to coordinate the activities of the 3-C transportation planning process on Oahu. Participating agencies include the City and County of Honolulu, the State of Hawaii, the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART).
The OahuMPO comprises four parts:
Implementing agencies include:
|City Department of Transportation Services|
|Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation|
|State Department of Transportation|
The responsibilities of OahuMPO and its participating agencies are identified in a Comprehensive Agreement dated July 20, 2015 signed by the Governor, the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, the Presiding Officer and Chair of the City Council of the City and County of Honolulu (as the transit operator), and the OahuMPO Policy Board Chair.
Planning Process review
The Planning Process Review began in April 2012 with initial activities undertaken by OahuMPO staff in cooperation with another consultant team. In October 2013, the OahuMPO retained Tindale-Oliver and Associates, Inc. in conjunction with Weslin Consulting Services, Inc. (collectively referred to as the Consultant Team) to prepare a detailed action plan that identifies potential changes to OahuMPO processes, procedures, and work products to be implemented over time.
The work tasks under the Planning Process Review contract evolved to respond to requirements established by FHWA and FTA in the 2014 TMA Federal Certification Review while, at the same time, addressing issues identified early in the Planning Process Review.