Oʻahu Regional Transportation Plan (ORTP)

ORTP 2045 – Update Process is Underway!


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What is the ORTP?

The Oʻahu Regional Transportation Plan (ORTP) is a long-term document that outlines transportation goals, objectives, policies, and projects for Oʻahu. Projects that are in the ORTP are eligible for Federal transportation funding. The 20-year horizon of the plan incorporates forecasted population, housing, employment, environmental, land-use, and technology changes. Based upon projected transportation needs, financial resources, and community input, the ORTP identifies strategies and actions to promote the development of an integrated, inter-modal, surface transportation system that facilitates the safe, efficient, and economical movement of people and goods. It also identifies specific highway, transit, freight, bicycle, and pedestrian projects that are designed to improve safety, mitigate congestion, and increase mobility for Oʻahu’s residents and visitors. The ORTP is updated every five years, and the current plan is the ORTP 2040.

ORTP 2045: Ke Ala Imua, The Path Forward for Oʻahu

The ORTP update process is underway, looking at transportation through 2045.  The ORTP 2045’s theme is Ke Ala Imua, which roughly translates to The Path Forward.  The ORTP 2045 will lay out our path forward for our transportation system for the future.  Our future transportation system is one that will be multi-modal, equally supporting people who are walking, biking, using transit, and driving to get to their destination.

Our future transportation system will be safe, for all people and all modes of transportation.  Our future plan will take into consideration climate change, sea-level rise, flooding, the City and County of Honolulu’s energy goals, and citizen concerns, among other things.  How can we address Oʻahu’s challenges for our transportation future?

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Call for Projects and Programs

OahuMPO Call for Projects and Programs runs from August 12, 2020 – September 30, 2020, where it asks it’s partner agencies for projects and programs to consider including in the ORTP 2045.  Projects and programs expected to request funding in Federal Fiscal Years (FFYs) 2022-2025 will also be included in the  FFYs 2022-2025 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).  One requirement for transportation projects and programs to be eligible for Federal funds is that the project or program must be included in the ORTP and TIP.

OahuMPO, as the designated MPO for the island of Oʻahu, receives Federal transportation dollars, and it has the discretion to distribute these funds to agencies to construct and/or implement projects and programs through the ORTP and TIP.

This Call for Projects and Programs is the first that will use the new scoring criteria and a revamped application. Both the criteria and assigned scores were written by taking into consideration feedback from the public and the number of points designated by the goal prioritization activity done in Phase 1 of public engagement, and feedback from our technical working group, Technical Advisory Committee, Citizen Advisory Committee, and Policy Board.  The application process scores projects and programs through a quantitative method to compare how projects and programs meet each of the ORTP goals and objectives.

For more information, view the Call for Projects and Programs documents, below:

Application Materials:

Feedback and Presentation Materials:

Vision, Goals, and Objectives

The OahuMPO carried out a comprehensive outreach process to educate the community about the Oʻahu Regional Transportation Plan (ORTP) and to engage people about how they envision getting around in 2045 and which transportation goals should be prioritized. 

The ORTP 2045’s vision statement presents an aspirational view of the future of the region’s transportation system and reflects the values and desired outcomes expressed by our island community.  For us to achieve our vision, we need goals and objectives to help focus our limited resources and evaluate our progress toward reaching our vision.  The vision and supporting goals and objectives will serve as a foundation for identifying investment priorities and policies and are reflected in the project and program prioritization process.  

Based on feedback collected from the public, our technical working group, Technical Advisory Committee, Citizen Advisory Committee, and Policy Board, the following vision and goals were written:


In 2045, Oʻahu’s path forward is multimodal and safe. All people on Oʻahu can reach their destinations through a variety of transportation choices, which are reliable, equitable, healthy, environmentally sustainable, and resilient in the face of climate change. 

Goals & Objectives:

  1. Improve the safety of the transportation system
    • Objective 1.1 Reduce the deaths and serious injuries on our roads, bridges, and paths
    • Objective 1.2 Reduce the rate of deaths and serious injuries of people walking and biking 
  2. Support active and public transportation
    • Objective 2.1 Increase commute mode share of people using active transportation  
    • Objective 2.2 Increase commute mode share of people taking transit 
    • Objective 2.3 Decrease commute mode share of people driving alone
  3. Promote an equitable transportation system
    • Objective 3.1 Increase access to pedestrian, bicycle, and transit options for mobility constrained populations 
  4. Improve the resiliency of the transportation system
    • Objective 4.1 Provide redundant emergency access to all parts of Oʻahu, especially for people and emergency responders in singular access communities 
    • Objective 4.2 Reduce the long-term vulnerability of Oʻahu‘s transportation facilities, particularly flooding and sea level rise caused by climate change and disaster risks, while being conscious of environmental and cultural impacts 
  5. Preserve and maintain the transportation system
    • Objective 5.1 Maintain and improve the condition of roadways, bridges, transit vehicles and facilities, and pathways
  6. Support a reliable and efficient transportation system; and 
    • Objective 6.1 Improve the reliability of Interstate and Non-Interstate highways, freight networks, and transit 
    • Objective 6.2 Improve the efficiency of Interstate and Non-Interstate highways, freight networks, and transit 
  7. Improve air quality and protect environmental and cultural assets.
    • Objective 7.1 Reduce ground transportation greenhouse gas emissions
    • Objective 7.2 Enhance and protect cultural and natural resources 

For more information about how the vision and goals were written, view the presentation below:

Phase I of Public Involvement Completed

OahuMPO staff have created a final draft of the public participation phase 1 chapter of the ORTP 2045. In this chapter, we discuss the process along with an evaluation of the outcomes in efforts to build recommendations for going forward.

Upon evaluating our first round of public participation, we honed in on areas where we can improve for future phases of public involvement for the ORTP 2045 and future regional transportation plans. The areas in which we can improve include:

  • Rethinking engagement by focus groups
  • Engaging young and middle-aged populations
  • Translating materials to be more linguistically available
  • Collecting demographic data which better corresponds to state and national level data

To review the chapter, please click here.

Mahalo to everyone who participated and engaged with us!

  • Engaged people at 43 community events
  • Collected 3,409 responses from the public at community events and via online survey
  • Gathered input from 120 participants in focus groups
January 2019  Event Location Time
January 14 Hā o ke kai- Hawaii Climate Conference UH Mānoa, Imin International Conference Center 8:30AM-4:30PM
January 16 OahuMPO Citizen Advisory Committee Meeting Honolulu Hale 2:30PM-4:00PM
January 17 Climate Action Plan Meeting UH Mānoa Campus Center 6:00PM-7:30PM
January 24 American Society of Civil Engineers Meeting HASR Bistro 5:30PM-8:00PM
January 26 Hawaii Bicycling League Fundraiser Waikīkī Aquarium 5:30PM-9:30PM
February 2019  Event Location Time
February 2 Night in Chinatown Chinatown – near River of Life 8:00AM-9:30PM
February 5 Community & Club Involvement Fair UH West Oʻahu, Ballroom (located on the second floor of our Campus building – C building) 11:00AM-2:00PM
February 5 Bike UHM UH Mānoa Campus Center 10:00AM-2:00PM
February 9 Tiger Fest Ewa Makai Middle School Amphitheater 1:00PM-6:00PM
February 9 ʻImi Pono Concert & Craft Fair Pūʻōhala Elementary School 10:00AM-3:00PM
February 19 Department of Urban and Regional Planning Pau Hana UH Mānoa, Saunders Hall, Room 116 4:00PM-6:30PM
February 26 Neighborhood Board #1 Meeting Hahaʻione Elementary School 7:00PM
February 27 Wahiawā Transit Center Engagement Wahiawā Transit Center 5:00PM-6:00PM
March 2019  Event Location Time
March 1 2019 Hawaiʻi Student Success Institute Hawaiʻi Convention Center 9:00AM-3:00PM
March 2 Jarrett Pride Day Jarrett Middle School 10:00AM-2:00PM
March 2 Papakōlea ʻOhana Health Fair Lincoln Elementary School 10:00AM-2:00PM
March 4 East Honolulu Sustainable Communities Plan Update & Watershed Management Plan Community Meeting Koko Head Elementary School Cafeteria 6:30PM-8:30PM
March 5 Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity Hawaiʻi Convention Center 7:30AM-3:30PM
March 5 Neighborhood Board #24 Meeting Waiʻanae District Park, Multi-Purpose Room 6:30PM
March 8 OahuMPO Technical Advisory Committee Meeting HART Board Room #150 9:00AM
March 9 Micronesian Youth Summit 2019 UH Mānoa, Campus Ballroom 8:00AM-3:30PM
March 9 Hauʻula Hoʻolauleʻa & 5k Family Fun Run Asia Pacific International School 10:00AM-4:00PM
March 9 Mauka to Makai 2019 Waimānalo Elementary/Intermediate School 11:00AM-4:00PM
March 13 RR4L-Commit 2 Health Kahuku High and Intermediate School Cafeteria 11:00AM-1:00PM
March 16 Malunggay Festival Filipino Community Center 8:00AM-4:00PM
March 21 Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce – Oahu – March Luncheon Pacific Club 11:30AM-1:00PM
March 22 BYUH Farmer’s Market Brigham Young University-Hawaiʻi (Aloha Ballroom, Booth 5) 10:30AM-1:00PM
March 23 Prince Kūhiō Festival Nānākuli Public Library 10:00AM-3:00PM
March 23 4th Annual Walk on the Wild Side 2019 Fort Street Mall 11:00AM-4:00PM
March 24 Windward Half Marathon & 5K Expo Boys & Girls Club – Windward Clubhouse 6:00AM-12:30PM
April 2019  Event Location Time
April 1 Hawaii Public Health Association: Intersection of Climate, Health, and Equity Event University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center 5:00PM-7:00PM
April 3 American Planning Association Hawaii Chapter Meeting AIA Honolulu-Center for Architecture 12:00PM-1:00PM
April 4 Mākeke Kapolei Kapolei High School 3:00PM-7:00PM
April 6 Mākeke Waiʻanae Waiʻanae Mall 8:00AM-12:00PM
April 6 Pearlridge Farmers Market Pearlridge Mall 8:00AM-12:00PM
April 17 Honolulu Community College Sustainability Showcase Honolulu Community College 9:00AM-1:00PM
April 17 Earth Week Concourse Takeover Leeward Community College 10:00AM-1:00PM
April 20 North Shore Country Market Sunset Elementary School 8:00AM-1:00PM
April 20 Easter-riffic Event Salt Lake Shopping Center 10:00AM-1:00PM
April 23 Neighborhood Board Meeting #27 Waialua Elementary School Cafeteria 7:00PM
April 24 Neighborhood Board #25 Meeting Mililani Waena Elementary School 7:30PM
May 2019  Event Location Time
May 4 Wahiawā Pineapple Festival Wahiawā District Park 10:00AM-6:00PM
May 5 After Sunday Eucharist (Vietnamese) Co-Cathedral of St Theresa 4:00PM

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ORTP 2040

The objective of this Oahu Regional Transportation Plan (ORTP 2040) is to guide the development of transportation on our island through the year 2040. It presents both a vision of an improved transportation system to serve the needs of Oahu’s population as well as specific projects that will achieve that vision.As the federally-designated Metropolitan Planning Organization, the OahuMPO develops the ORTP 2040 and identifies and prioritizes transportation projects and programs in the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The Policy Board is the decision-making body of the OahuMPO and approves the ORTP.The island of Oahu faces several major transportation challenges and opportunities. While most of Oahu’s existing development lies along the southern portion of the island, future population and job growth is expected to occur to the west side of the island and in the Central Oahu and Kakaako areas.  Without improvements, this growth will result in increased congestion and longer travel times along already congested roadways such as Interstate Route H-1.The vision statement in ORTP 2040 proposes that Oahu should be a place where we will have efficient, well-maintained, safe, secure, convenient, appropriate, and economical choices in getting from place to place. The regional goals and objectives in ORTP 2040 propose that our transportation system should move people and goods in a manner that supports the island’s high quality of life, natural beauty, economic vitality, and land use plans.Public input was obtained on ORTP 2040 in several phases, including a subcommittee of the Citizen Advisory Committee, public listening sessions held in each of Oahu’s eight planning districts, and an online survey. Overall, the results of the public outreach activities identified several themes that were consistent across all geographies. Traffic congestion, roadway maintenance, and safety were repeatedly identified as major concerns. There was also strong public support for continuing investments in public transit and for pedestrian and bicycle facilities.In response to this public input and the feedback from other agencies and stakeholders, the ORTP 2040 proposes a comprehensive package of more than $17 billion in transportation projects and programs, including:

  • Congestion Mitigation and Alternative Projects: ORTP 2040 includes projects that increase and enhance Oahu’s existing network of bicycle and pedestrian facilities. In addition, it identifies Travel Demand Management (TDM) and technological projects that improve traffic flow through Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS);
  • Modernization Projects: Because transportation by automobile will continue to be the primary travel mode in the future, roadway capacity improvements (adding lanes, new or reconfigured interchanges) will be needed along Interstate Route H-1 corridor and in the developing areas of Oahu to handle future growth;
  • Transit Projects: The Honolulu High-Capacity Transit Corridor Project and other improvements in both transit service and facilities are key components of ORTP 2040; and
  • Operations, Maintenance, Preservation, and Safety: ORTP 2040 proposes a significant amount of funding to support the maintenance, preservation, and safety of the existing transportation system.

The projects and programs included in the ORTP 2040 reflect the desire to make Oahu’s transportation system more sustainable. The overwhelming share (85%) of plan expenditures is committed to support maintenance and operations and transit expansion while other funding is for system preservation, high technology projects such as ITS, and bicycle and pedestrian improvements. The remaining balance goes to modernization projects. The projects in ORTP 2040 are prioritized as either “Mid-Range Projects,” (proposed for implementation by the year 2029) or as “Long-Range Projects” (proposed for implementation by the year 2040). Projects were placed within each time period based on input from the implementing agencies (City and County of Honolulu’s Department of Transportation Services, Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, and Hawaii Department of Transportation). Using the OahuMPO travel demand forecasting model, a series of analyses were conducted to evaluate the performance of the OTRP 2040 implementation in comparison to forecasted (year 2040) no-build conditions with only existing and committed transportation projects in place.  These technical analyses concluded that implementation of the ORTP projects will help reduce hours of delay and travel on an island-wide basis and will alleviate some congestion on roadways in the Ewa/Kapolei and Waianae Coast areas and in the Interstate Routes H-1/H-2 merge area.ORTP 2040 is a fiscally constrained plan that identifies the revenues to cover the estimated costs of the projects and programs proposed in the Plan. The costs presented in ORTP 2040 are planning-level cost estimates. Amounts for programs are expressed in Year-of-Expenditure (YOE) dollars and a two percent (2%) inflation rate is assumed for projects. A variety of Federal, State, and local revenue sources are expected to finance the more than $17 billion in proposed transportation improvements.ORTP 2040 will be implemented through updates to the OahuMPO TIP. Successful implementation of the ORTP will require the evaluation of the effectiveness of its proposed transportation projects and programs. ORTP 2040 identifies several potential evaluation methods: including the preparation of a data management and sharing study; the development of quantifiable criteria in the TIP; and survey research.The ORTP 2040 can be downloaded here.ORTP DevelopmentORTP-2

ORTP 2040 Projects List

The list of projects included in the 2040 ORTP can be found here.

To view the full document, please click here.

Previous Oahu Regional Transportation Plans

The ORTP is updated every five years. For previous ORTPs, please see this page.