Planning Studies

The table below lists ongoing planning studies that are supported by funding from OahuMPO. OahuMPO supports planning efforts by performing studies or providing funding to sub-recipients to perform studies. An “*” next to the name of the study title indicates the study is being performed by a sub-recipient agency.

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Materials for subrecipients can be found at this link: Subrecipient resources

Ongoing Studies​

Study Title Description Percent Complete as of July 2021
Congestion Management Process Update This project will re-evaluate the existing Congestion Management Process and update it, as appropriate, based on the availability of new technologies, new tools,
proven strategies, and/or new Federal, State, and local government requirements.
6 %
Review and Update of Planned Rights-of-Way for Existing Streets This project will allow the DTS, in conjunction with its partner City agencies, to review and update the existing planned Right-Of-Way maps for the entire island to determine the appropriateness of the planned ROWs based on current land use plans, the Honolulu Complete Streets Manual, a survey and evaluation of existing conditions, and community input.
34 %
2019 Transit Rider Survey The 2019 Transit Rider Survey Project will identify travel patterns and socio-economic profiles of transit riders to document the baseline conditions prior to the opening of the rail system. In addition, the survey results will be used to update and further calibrate the OahuMPO regional travel demand forecasting model.
0 %
Multi-Modal Transit Asset Management Plan Phase 1 This study will develop a Transit Asset Management (TAM) Plan for the City and County of Honolulu that addresses State of Good Repair policies for maintaining a multi-modal transit system and incorporates targets, strategies and an evaluation plan for integrated bus and rail transit facilities.
50 %
Ala Moana Transit Plaza Alternative Analysis This is a preliminary planning and design study to assess alternative scenarios for the development of a new public transit center on land adjacent to Ala Moana Shopping Center and in the vicinity of the Ala Moana rail transit station
44 %
Kapolei Maintenance Facility and Transit Center Alternatives Analysis This is a conceptual planning and design study to assess alternatives for the development of a new public transit vehicle maintenance facility and transit center on vacant City-owned land in West Oahu.
54 %
Vision Zero Action Plan The primary objective is to develop a Vision Zero Action Plan within the existing City and County of Honolulu Complete Streets Program that will identify high crash locations, establish and prioritize Vision Zero projects, develop educational materials, and evaluate safety improvements.
4 %
TDM Plan The primary objective is to develop a Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Plan for the City and County of Honolulu that will develop targets, strategies, and evaluation measures to reduce vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and reduce single-occupancy vehicle (SOV) mode share.
6 %
AV Planning Study This study aims to develop techniques to stimulate the long-term impacts of shared or autonomous vehicle (SAV) deployments and other new mobility technology within the regional Travel Demand Forecasting Model (TDFM). The model results will be used to assess the potential impacts of SAV and new mobility technologies on transit ridership and the overall transportation system.
0 %
Oahu Mass Transit Joint Operational Feasibility Study* This study will examine various operational
alternatives for bus – rail mass transit operations on Oahu, including but not limited to joint operations,
independent operations and/or hybrid operations.
1 %
Title VI and Environmental Justice Monitoring This project will update the OahuMPO’s database of Title VI and Environmental Justice (T6/EJ) populations on Oahu and investigate possibilities of developing an alternative T6/EJ analysis tool.
2 %
Multi-Modal Transit Asset Management Plan – Phase 2 The Multi-Modal TAM Plan – Phase 2 will build upon work slated to be completed in Phase 1. This project will support the City’s efforts to advance its asset management practices and maintain its bus, paratransit, and rail assets in a state of good repair.
0 %
Active Transportation Monitoring Data Phase I This project will collect and manage active transportation data, which are first steps toward establishing an Island Wide Active Transportation Monitoring Program. This project will allow for the monitoring of regional trends in bicycle and pedestrian travel patterns.
0 %
Work Where you Live This project will assess the telework experience of State of Hawaii and City & County of Honolulu employees during the Stay-at-Home/Work-from-Home period of the COVID-19 pandemic with the intent of formulating and promoting updated telework policies that provide State and City employees with greater flexibility and options for working from home.
0 %

Completed Studies​

Study Title Description Date Completed
Transit Fares Scenario Modeling Study Description Coming Soon! XX-XX-20XX
Ala Wai Canal Bridge Alternatives Analysis Description Coming Soon! XX-XX-20XX
Oahu Bike Plan Update Description Coming Soon! XX-XX-20XX
Central Oahu Transportation Study This study will assess the multi-modal transportation needs of the Central Oahu region, and identify key transportation system improvements, strategies, and policies that can improve regional transportation mobility and access in a sustainable way. XX-XX-20XX
Complete Streets Implementation Plan The objective of this study is to implement the goals and requirements of the City/County of Honolulu Complete Streets ordinance as it applies to existing streets. XX-XX-20XX
Contra-Flow Update Study The purpose of this study is to improve the AM and PM peak traffic congestion in the Primary Urban Center by identifying and quantifying if additional contra-flow measures are XX-XX-20XX
Emergency Evacuation Plan This project will document the informational gap that exists for the resident and visitor population on evacuation routes from the coastal areas, and identify refuge areas, shelter locations, and traffic signage.  Tsunami Evacuation Zone Boundary signage will also establish the minimum safe evacuation distance. The project is complete pending receipt by the OahuMPO Policy Board. XX-XX-20XX
Ewa Impact Fees for Traffic & Roadway Improvements Update Study The objectives of this project are: 1) Update the ordinance. 2) Review the Ewa Highway Master Plan and 3) to develop administrative policies and procedures for collection, accounting, and distribution of funds collected through the impact fee assessment. XX-XX-20XX
This project will update the previous parking study done in 1973 and will reflect the changes in parking demand, supply, and technology, as well as the impact of future transit plans in the urban core. The project is complete pending receipt by the OahuMPO Policy Board. XX-XX-20XX
Kapalama Sub-Area Multimodal Circulation and Mobility Study*  This project will provide the City & County of Honolulu and its partners with a framework for identifying and scoping multimodal traffic operational and other  potential “Complete Streets”
improvements to support the communities’ vision for land use and neighborhood revitalization.
XX-XX-20XX
Makakilo Traffic Study This study will ascertain traffic safety improvements, enforcement measures, and educational measures for Makakilo to address the traffic safety concerns that have been expressed by the community. XX-XX-20XX
PM Peak Period Tow Away Zone Time Modifications on Urban Arterials* The objective of this project is to analyze the effectiveness of current PM peak tow restrictions on urban
arterial streets in the City & County of Honolulu and to determine what, if any, modifications to these
existing tow away times would improve overall traffic conditions.
XX-XX-20XX
OahuMPO Planning Process Review This project is a comprehensive review of OahuMPO’s processes and procedures.  The goal is to ensure that all processes are relevant and procedures are efficient. The project is complete pending receipt by the OahuMPO Policy Board. XX-XX-20XX
Roadway Surface Conditions Assessment and Repair Plan This project will provide a plan and tools for better understanding and management of pavement resources through regular inventories, management guidelines, policies, procedures, and preservation methods. XX-XX-20XX
Separate Left-Turn Phase Alternatives Study The goal of this study is to develop a method to evaluate locations and determine if installing a left-turn phase, with its sometimes negative effect on through traffic, is feasible. XX-XX-20XX
Short-Range Transit Service Operations Plan This project identified short-range capital improvements and financial priorities for Honolulu’s public transportation operations for the years 2009 through 2015. The project is complete pending receipt by the OahuMPO Policy Board. XX-XX-20XX
Tantalus & Round Top Drive Boundary Identification Study This project established a right-of-way boundary and topographic map to be used as planning tools. The project is complete pending receipt by the OahuMPO Policy Board. XX-XX-20XX
Traffic Signal Prioritization Methodology The goal of this project is to establish an objective, empirical means for the installation prioritization of pedestrian/traffic signals.  This system will refine the method currently in use. XX-XX-20XX
Village Park-Kupuna Loop Sub-Area Corridor Study This comprehensive study will assess the existing and future conditions in the Village Park area.  It will ascertain and mitigate the current and future operations of the roadway system in the study area and similar areas island wide. The project is complete pending receipt by the OahuMPO Policy Board. XX-XX-20XX
Waikiki Regional Circulator Study The Waikiki Regional Circulator Study was undertaken to achieve three objectives: develop a plan that leads toward sustainable public transit service between the future rail terminus at Ala Moana Shopping Center and Waikīkī and address any resulting transit service impacts to McCully, Mō‘ili‘ili, Kapahulu, and the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, develop and identify ways to effectively integrate concepts of livable communities into the circulator study, and conduct an ongoing stakeholder oversight and public outreach process. XX-XX-20XX
West Waikiki Traffic Study This project will study mitigation measures and conceptual circulation plans for Waikiki from a context-sensitive and complete streets approach. The objective of the work element is to conduct an area-wide traffic circulation study to identify and quantify existing deficiencies in the Hobron Lane area. The project is complete pending receipt by the OahuMPO Policy Board. XX-XX-20XX