ORTP 2045 – Update Process is Underway!
Ke Ala Imua, The Path Forward for Oahu
What is our path forward? The Oʻahu Regional Transportation Plan (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?
The OahuMPO is currently seeking public input on the vision and goals for future transportation. There’s a few ways you can get involved:
- Tell us what your transportation goals/priorities are for the future by taking our survey
- Submit a comment in the comments box, below
- Attend an event in person (list of scheduled events below), and talk story with us
- Talk story with your ʻohana and neighbors, and get them involved
Come Talk Story with Us in Person:
|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 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||Neighborhood Board #25 Meeting||Mililani Waena Elementary School||7:30PM|
|March 2||Jarrett Pride Day||Jarrett Middle School||TBC|
|March 6||American Planning Association Hawaii Chapter Meeting||TBC||12:00PM-1:00PM|
|March 9||Hauʻula Hoʻolauleʻa & 5k Family Fun Run||Hauʻula (exact location TBC)||10:00AM-4:00PM|
|March 9||Micronesian Youth Summit 2019||UH Mānoa, Campus Ballroom||8:00AM-3:30PM|
|March 21||Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce – Oahu – March Luncheon||Oahu Country Club||11:30AM-1:00PM|
|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 17||Honolulu Community College Sustainability Showcase||Honolulu Community College||9:00AM-1:00PM|
View our information flyers below
Tell us your Transportation Goals and Priorities by Taking the Quick Survey below:
What is the ORTP?
The Oahu Regional Transportation Plan (ORTP) is a long-term document that outlines transportation goals, objectives, policies, and projects for Oahu. 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 economic 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 Oahu’s residents and visitors. The ORTP is updated every five years.
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 2040 Projects List
The list of projects included in the ORTP can be found here.
Previous Oahu Regional Transportation Plans
The ORTP is updated every five years. For previous ORTPs, please see this page.