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 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 FY2020 Overall Work Program (OWP) was approved by the OahuMPO Policy Board on June 25, 2019.

The FY2020 OWP consists of the following planning activities (projects in bold are new in FY2020):

For the Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization (OahuMPO)

  • Program Administration & Management – Task 1.1
  • OWP Development & Management – Task 1.2
  • Grant Management – Task 1.3
  • Single Audit – Task 1.4
  • Public Participation – Task 1.5
  • Comprehensive Data Management & Sharing Study – 201.16
  • Computer Model Operations & Support – 301.15
  • Transportation Improvement Program – 301.17
  • Transportation Alternatives Program – 301.18
  • Oahu Regional Transportation Plan – 301.16
  • Congestion Management Process Update – 201.05
  • Farrington Highway Makaha Beach Park Realignment Feasibility Study – 202.14-18
  • Central Oahu Transportation Study – 202.02-18

For the City Department of Transportation Services (DTS)

  • Vision Zero Action Plan
  • New Mobility Plan
  • Transportation Demand Management Plan
  • Waikiki Loading Zone Management Study – 203.11-19
  • Energy Conservative and Emissions Reduction Plan – 203.18-19
  • Multi-Modal Transit Asset Management Plan 203.12-19
  • Ala Moana Transit Plaza Alternatives Analysis – 203.14-19
  • Kapolei Maintenance Facility & Transit Center Alternatives Analysis – 203.17-19
  • Royal Kunia Public Transit and Day Care Facility Master Plan – 203.13-19
  • Oahu Mass Transit Joint Feasibility Study – 203.06-18
  • Review and Update of Planned Rights-of-Way for Existing Streets – 203.07-18
  • Ala Wai Canal Bridge Alternatives Analysis – 203.10-18
  • PM Peak Period Tow Away Zone Modifications – 203.03-18

For the City Department of Emergency Management (DEM)

Oahu Coastal Communities Evacuation Planning Project – Phase 2 – 206.02-18 (originally programmed in FY2017)

For the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART)

  • 2019 Transit Rider Survey Project – 203.09-18
  • Autonomous Vehicle Planning Study

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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