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.

OWP FY2022

On May 25th, 2021, the OahuMPO Policy Board endorsed the final draft Overall Work Program FY2022.  In addition to the OahuMPO budget, the OWP FY2022 programs funds for the following:

  • The 2023 purchase of travel survey data to update the Travel Demand Forecasting Model
  • The Active Transportation Monitoring Program by the City and County of Honolulu Department of Transportation Services

The OWP FY2022 includes amendments to existing work elements approved in prior OWP cycles.

OWP FY2021

Click here for the most recent draft of the OWP FY 2021 including changes approved in Revision #1 and changes approved as part of the OWP FY2022 cycle.

Revision #1 – November 24, 2020

Revision #1 is an amendment that programs two new subrecipient studies:

  • Congestion and Mobility Pricing Study
  • Work Where You Live Study

Revision #1 was out for public & intergovernmental review from September 30, 2020 – October 23rd, 2020. The Policy Board endorsed Revision #1 on November 24.  Click here to view the OWP FY2021 Revision #1 Final Draft.

The OahuMPO Policy Board approved the OWP FY2021 Final Draft on May 26th, 2020.

OWP FY2020

The FY2020 Overall Work Program (OWP) was approved by the OahuMPO Policy Board on June 25, 2019. Click here for the final OWP FY2020 as of Revisions 1-4

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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