STAND. COM. REP. NO. 530-16
RE: H.B. No. 2086
Honorable Joseph M. Souki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twenty-Eighth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2016
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Transportation, to which was referred H.B. No. 2086 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to promote the use of alternative modes of transportation and reduce Hawaii's dependence on fossil fuels for its transportation needs by:
(1) Amending the statewide transportation plan to include bicycle facilities as part of the transportation system components by 2020;
(2) Requiring the Department of Transportation to develop a statewide household transportation survey to gather information on travel behavior, including transportation methods for both commute and non-commute trips; and
(3) Requiring each county to develop transportation mode sharing plans that contain mode share targets based on the metrics established through data collected in the statewide household transportation survey and to update these plans every five years beginning in 2025.
The Department of Transportation Services of the City and County of Honolulu, Planning Department of the County of Kauai, and Blue Planet Foundation testified in support of this measure. The Department of Transportation testified in support of the intent of this measure. The Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism provided comments.
Currently, Hawaii has a high dependence on the personal automobile and, concomitantly, imported fossil fuels. This dependence costs Hawaii's economy billions of dollars each year; increases household transportation costs for Hawaii's families; decreases access to job opportunities for low income individuals; leads to increased traffic congestion that costs Hawaii's residents both time and money; and degrades overall quality of life for Hawaii's residents. Your Committee finds that increasing multi-modal transportation options in Hawaii's communities will help increase the availability and utilization of non-automobile modes of transportation, reduce transportation energy use, and reduce household transportation costs while increasing mobility and transportation equity for Hawaii residents.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Requiring the Department of Transportation to prepare the Statewide Transportation Plan (STP) in accordance with Title 23, Code of Federal Regulations, section 450.214;
(2) Stipulating that the STP shall be submitted to the Legislature as often as the plan is updated rather than simply during the 2020 Legislative Session;
(3) Requiring that the STP include projected transportation needs for at least a twenty year period rather than a six year period;
(4) Requiring the STP to comply with metropolitan planning organization transportation-related plans in addition to complying with county transportation-related plans;
(5) Removing the requirement that the six and twenty year estimates for transportation needs, and the schedule of priorities to meet these needs, included in the STP be updated annually;
(6) Inserting language requiring:
(A) The Department of Transportation to develop a Statewide Transportation Improvement Program to schedule and program funding for construction, modification, and maintenance projects identified in the STP;
(B) The Program to cover a period of no less than four years; and
(C) The Program to be updated every three years;
(7) Requiring the Department of Transportation to work with the counties and metropolitan planning organizations in creating the Statewide Household Transportation Survey (Survey);
(8) Removing the use of mopeds, motorcycles, taxicabs, and rideshare as modes of transportation for information that should be collected for the Survey;
(9) Amending the frequency with which the Survey should be conducted from two to three years and the start date for conducting the survey from 2017 to 2018;
(10) Allowing metropolitan planning organizations to also develop mode share plans;
(11) Requiring mode share plans to create mode share targets for 2024, 2030, and 2036, rather than creating mode share targets for the next twenty five years in five year increments;
(12) Requiring mode share plans to be incorporated into county general, transportation, and land-use plans, as well as, metropolitan planning organization plans;
(13) Requiring mode share plans to be completed and submitted to the Department of Transportation by December 31, 2019, and updates submitted every six years thereafter, rather than requiring the plan to be completed and submitted by December 31, 2018, and every five years thereafter;
(14) Requiring that each successive update to the STP include county specific mode share targets beginning in 2021, rather than beginning in 2025 and every five years thereafter;
(15) Inserting language requiring the Department of Transportation to partner with one or more counties or metropolitan planning organizations to use $500,000 in federal funds for the planning and implementation of the Survey;
(16) Inserting language requiring each county or metropolitan planning organization to apply to the Department of Transportation to use $250,000 in federal funds to create mode share plans and targets;
(17) Changing its effective date to July 1, 2050, to encourage further discussion; and
(18) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for clarity, consistency, and style.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Transportation that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2086, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 2086, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Finance.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Transportation,
HENRY J.C. AQUINO, Chair