Report Title:

Statewide Transportation Planning

 

Description:

Updates statutes pertaining to statewide transportation planning to reflect the current practices and requirements. (SD1)

 

THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

1200

TWENTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2001

S.D. 1

STATE OF HAWAII

 


 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

RELATING TO STATEWIDE TRANSPORTATION PLANNING.

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

SECTION 1. Chapter 279A, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding two new sections to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"279A- Statewide transportation plan. The state department of transportation shall prepare a statewide transportation plan that complies with all applicable state and federal regulations. The plan shall be directed towards the development of a balanced, multi-modal statewide transportation system that serves clearly identified social, economic, and environmental objectives.

279A- Statewide transportation advisory committee; establishment. To assist and advise the state department of transportation in the development of the statewide transportation plan and other matters pertaining to statewide planning, a statewide transportation advisory committee is established consisting of the directors of the state department of transportation and the state department of business, economic development, and tourism, the planning directors of each of the four counties, and the transportation directors of each of the four counties. The chairpersons of the house and senate transportation committees shall also serve on the advisory committee as non-voting members. The members may be represented at committee meetings by their designated alternates. The director of the state department of transportation shall submit recommendations to the committee for additional members who shall be ex-officio members.

The department of transportation shall furnish staff support to the committee. The director of transportation shall be the chairperson of the committee."

SECTION 2. Section 279A-1, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"[[]279A-1[]] Statement of purpose. The legislature finds that continued growth in transport demand and increasing mobility requirements indicate a need for innovative, as well as improved, transportation systems which, while serving local needs, are integrated on a statewide basis. [The State Transportation Plan of 1961 is no longer responsive to the needs of the people of Hawaii.] A comprehensive, multimodal statewide transportation planning process should be established which involves all levels of government in a cooperative process to develop coordinated transportation plans. Coordination of such a statewide planning process should be the primary responsibility of the department of transportation. [However, to] To ensure that statewide transportation planning involves the continuing involvement of county governments in the production of a statewide transportation plan, there is a need to establish a statewide transportation [council] advisory committee consisting of representatives of the state government and each of the four counties. There is no intent to diminish or pre-empt the existing authorities and responsibilities of county governments for the planning and implementation of transportation systems. It is the purpose of this chapter to provide a means of coordinating the [state's] State's existing responsibilities for inter-island and major highway transportation planning and development with counties' responsibilities for intra-island surface transportation system planning and development, in order to facilitate the ultimate production of a statewide transportation plan which optimizes intra-island and inter-island system integration."

SECTION 3. Section 279A-2, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is repealed.

["[279A-2 Statewide transportation plan.] The state department of transportation shall prepare a new statewide transportation plan and shall submit said plan to the legislature in its 1978 session. The legislature shall adopt the plan by resolution. The plan shall be directed toward the ultimate development of a balanced, multi-modal statewide transportation system that serves clearly identified social, economic and environmental objectives. The statewide transportation plan shall include, but not be limited to, the following system components: (1) the national system of interstate and defense highways, and highways within the state highway system; (2) airports; (3) harbors and water-borne transit; (4) surface mass transit systems; and (5) major county roads.

The department of transportation shall pay particular attention to the interfacing of the various modes of transportation.

The statewide transportation plan shall include projected transportation needs for a six-year period and a schedule of priorities for the construction, modification and maintenance of various segments of the statewide plan which involve either state operated systems or county operated systems which may require state financial assistance for a twenty-year period. Both the six-year and twenty-year estimates shall be updated annually."]

SECTION 4. Section 279A-3, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is repealed.

["[279A-3 Financial plan.] The statewide transportation plan shall include a financial plan for the projected elements of the statewide transportation system, including both those sub-systems which are within the counties' authorities and responsibilities and the sub-systems which are within the state's authorities and responsibilities. In respect to sub-systems planned and to be implemented by the counties, the financial plan will identify those which may involve state financial assistance and will estimate the projected amounts of such assistance.

The financial plan shall consider various sources of revenue without regard to any constraints imposed by law on expenditures from such sources necessary to assure adequate financing of the sub-systems and, if necessary, recommend appropriate legislation to the legislature to secure such financing."]

SECTION 5. Section 279A-4, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is repealed.

["279A-4 Statewide transportation council; establishment. To assist and advise the state department of transportation in the development of the statewide transportation plan there is hereby established a statewide transportation council consisting of fourteen members. The members of the council shall be the directors of the state department of transportation, the state department of business, economic development, and tourism, the state department of health, the state office of environmental quality control, and the office of planning, the chairperson of the board of agriculture, the planning directors of each of the four counties, and the transportation directors of each of the four counties. The members may be represented at council meetings by their designated alternates. The director of the state department of transportation shall submit recommendations to the council for additional ex officio nonvoting members who, upon the majority vote of the council, shall be invited to serve.

The department of transportation shall furnish staff support to the council; such staff may be exempt from chapters 76 and 77. The director of transportation shall be the chairperson of the council. All decisions of the council shall be by majority vote unless otherwise provided."]

SECTION 6. Section 279A-5, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is repealed.

["[279A-5 Preparation of budget.] The operations of the council will be financed by funds appropriated by section 79A, Act 218, Session Laws of Hawaii, 1973, as amended by section 9, Act 218, Session Laws of Hawaii, 1974. An annual recommended budget for the council shall be prepared by its chairperson and submitted to the council for approval. Funds may be expended for staff services, administrative and operating costs, travel and per diem costs of council members and staff, hiring of consultants to assist in work program formulation, planning and research, publication of materials, and any other activities necessary and incidental to the effective operations of the council in fulfilling the purposes of this chapter."]

SECTION 7. Section 279A-6, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is repealed.

["[279A-6 Work program.] The state department of transportation shall formulate a detailed work program through which the statewide transportation plan mandated by this chapter shall be developed. The work program shall be approved by the council no later than September 1, 1975. The council shall report thereafter annually to the legislature on the progress that has been made to date as measured against the work plan.

The work program shall provide for a systematic planning interface among the ongoing planning activities of the counties, the state department of transportation, and the council itself. The work program shall include specific target dates for the provision of identified planning inputs from the responsible state and county functional agencies into the statewide planning process. In determining this schedule, the council shall solicit from the counties their present transportation planning schedules for intra-county systems, and the council's work program shall reflect the counties' existing work product schedule and planning cycles."]

SECTION 8. Section 279A-7, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is repealed.

["279A-7 Statewide transportation council; responsibilities. In addition to its responsibility for coordinating the development of a statewide transportation plan, the council shall be responsible for the following functions:

(1) The council shall be responsible for making recommendations on projects for submission to the legislature which involve solely and exclusively either state highways, harbors and water-borne transit, and airports and air transportation; solely and exclusively state funds; or solely state lands. All other projects for submission to the legislature, including intra-county mass transit projects, shall be the responsibility of the counties.

(2) In respect to transportation projects for which the counties are responsible for planning and approval prior to submission to the legislature, the council shall review such projects and prepare comments for the legislature regarding:

(A) The degree to which an intra-island transportation project interfaces efficiently with existing proposed inter-island transportation system; and

(B) The relationship between the specific projects' possible requirements for state financial assistance and projections as to the State's total potential financial commitments required for development of a statewide transportation system.

(3) Counties which do not have metropolitan planning organizations may request from the council, and the council shall provide, technical assistance to the counties in the preparation of their respective county transportation plans as components of the statewide transportation planning process. The amounts of technical assistance to be provided hereunder are within the discretion of the chairperson who shall consider in making the chairperson's determinations the magnitude of the problems which exist in the requesting counties, the availability of local resources, the degree to which they are cooperatively participating in the statewide planning process and the adequacy of the council's budget considering the financial requirements of overall council operations."]

SECTION 9. Section 279A-9, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is repealed.

["279A-9 Limitation of transportation units. The council shall be responsible for limiting and curtailing the numbers and kinds of transportation units in the State. The council shall determine, as often as the council deems to be necessary or as required by the legislature, after consultation with the department of traffic and other appropriate departments of the counties, the number, size, and use of transportation units of any kind that may be within the territory of any island of the State at any one time. The council shall make its determination on the basis of preserving, safeguarding, and enhancing the physical and mental health of the residents of the State, and the ecology and environmental quality of the State, and shall take into consideration the need for high priority and vital movement of people and goods. The council shall report its findings to the legislature as soon as its findings are completed."]

SECTION 10. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 11. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.