Overall Work Program (OWP)

About the OWP

The Overall Work Program (OWP) does two main things: 1) it describes and programs planning studies (along with any defined objectives, tasks, and deliverables), and 2) describes and programs the budgetary and staffing requirements for OahuMPO. The OWP is a rolling two-year document, meaning that it shows two years’ worth of studies and budget, but it is updated annually. The OWP is a requirement for metropolitan transportation planning activities performed with Federal funds provided under 23 USC and 49 USC 53.

The OWP identifies transportation-related planning studies (called work elements) undertaken by the OahuMPO and its participating agencies. Often these studies are completed in order to investigate and better understand a specific transportation problem and to help define the best possible solution. Other studies included in the OWP address Federal planning requirements, such as the development of a Congestion Management Process, or monitoring the impact of projects on low-income and minority populations.

Current OWP

The FY2017 Overall Work Program (OWP) was approved by the OahuMPO Policy Committee on May 27, 2016.

In addition to the core work elements which are part of OahuMPO’s operations, other planning initiatives in FY2017 include:

For the OahuMPO:

  • Title VI & Environmental Justice Monitoring (originally programmed in FY2014)
  • Central Oahu Transportation Study (originally programmed in FY2015)
  • Farrington Highway Realignment Feasibility Study (originally programmed in FY2015)
  • Comprehensive Data Management and Sharing Study
  • Public Participation Plan (to become an annual work element)
  • Sub-Recipient Monitoring (to become an annual work element)
  • Transit-Oriented Development Advisory Committee (to become an annual work element)Performance-Based Planning (replacing Census & Other Data as an annual work element)
  • OahuMPO Staff Support of Consultant Projects (to become annual work element)

For the City Department of Transportation Services (DTS):

  • Oahu Bike Plan Update
  • Review and Update of Planned Rights-of-Way for Existing Streets
  • ITS Architecture Update

For the City Department of Emergency Management (DEM):

  • Oahu Coastal Communities Evacuation Planning Project – Phase 2

OWP Development Process

The development of the OWP begins with a call for transportation planning work elements from the CAC, OahuMPO staff and its participating agencies, as well as other agencies, departments, and stakeholders. For each proposed work element, a set of objectives, outcomes, and a project description are developed, along with an estimated budget.
All proposed work elements are compared against a set of planning priorities, which are (in order of priority):

  1. Work elements that fulfill Federal requirements
  2. Work elements that are necessary to support the metropolitan planning process or fulfill other Federal, State, or local laws or regulations
  3. Work elements that support the projects in the Oahu Regional Transportation Plan
  4. Work elements that support other plans (such as the adopted Sustainable Communities Master Plans)
  5. Work elements that support other needs

This process results in a set of prioritized proposed work elements. Then, using OahuMPO’s estimated revenues and available staff time, projects are put into a draft OWP, generally starting at the top of the prioritized list of work elements and working downward until available resources are spent.  Occasionally, a lower-priority work element may be programmed instead of a higher-priority work element because there is sufficient budget or staff time for the lower-priority element, but not for the higher-priority element.

OahuMPO’s CAC, TAC, and other government agencies are asked to review and comment on the draft OWP. The general public is also invited to review and comment on proposed work elements during the review period.  The final decision for programming work elements is made by the Policy Board prior to Federal approval.

This Regional Planning Coordination table lists other studies used by the OahuMPO and its partner agencies for transportation planning. When reviewing and selecting planning projects for the OWP, OahuMPO attempts to coordinate, to the maximum extent possible, with other related planning activities so as to not duplicate planning efforts and/or to leverage and build-upon work that has been or is being completed by others.

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