These are the main documents that have been produced to date by the City, the FTA, OMPO and ourselves in the current National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) process for the Honolulu High-Capacity Transit Corridor Project. We would appreciate readers informing us of any dead links, missing documents, etc. In addition if there is any further information that you need on the process email us at email@example.com
We suggest that you start with HonoluluTraffic.com's protest letters to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation and the Chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality as this will put the NEPA process for this project in better perspective.
For historical perspective:
1982 Rail program:
FEIS 1982 Rail transit program
FEIS 1982 Rail transit program — Comments and Responses
1992 Rail program:
FEIS 1992 Rail transit program,
FEIS 1992 Rail transit program Appendix B
FEIS 1992 Rail transit program Appendix C
2003 Bus/Rapid Transit (BRT) program:
FTA's Recision of its Record of Decision
Guiding National Environmental Policy statutes and guidance:
The National Environmental Policy Act of 1966, as amended.
Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users. (SAFETEA-LU)
23 CFR 450 for transportation planning.
23 CFR 771 Environmental Impact and related procedures
Historic Presevation statutes:
23CFR774 Relating to 4(f) approvals.
FHWA Section 4(f) Policy Paper
Interior's review handbook of Section 4(f)evaluation.
Hawaii State environmental statutes
HRS Chapter 343 Environmental Impact Statements
Hawaii Administrative Rules for Environmental Impact Statements
Process documents for the current elevated rail program:
Authorizing the increase in GE Tax to be spent on rail:
Hawaii HB 1309 HD 1 SD 2 CD 1 ca. May 2005
Preparation of the Oahu Regional Transportation Plan:
OMPO Draft Oahu Regional Transportation Plan (Draft ORTP) 2/15/06
HT's Comments on the Draft ORTP 3/15/06
HT's Comments on the Draft ORTP modifications. 3/31/06
Protest letter to FHWA's Elizabeth Fischer regarding OMPO's lack of public involvement 04/02/2007
First Scoping process:
Federal Notice of Intent to perform an Alternatives Analysis (AA) and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) 12/5/05
First Scoping Information Package 12/5/05.
Honolulu Council Bill 40 December 2005
HT's First Scoping comments. 1/9/06
First Scoping Report 4/6/06
City's response to HT's First Scoping comments. 6/20/06 (actually delivered by email one year later)
Alternatives Analysis process:
Draft Environmental Consequences: Supporting Information. City.10/26/2006
Alternatives Analysis Detailed Definition of Alternatives. 11/1/2006
Transportation Impacts Report.
AA Capital Cost Estimates (lge. file 611 pages.) October 23, 2006.
AA Funding Options Analysis. 10/30/2006
Alternatives Screening Memo 10/24/2006
Alternatives Analysis. City. 11/1/06.
AA Financial Feasibility Report. 11/30/2006.
Report of the City Council Transit Advisory Task Force 12/14/2006
Honolulu Council Bill 79 (2006) CD 2 FD2 Final #2 12/22/2006
Honolulu Council Resolution 07-039 FD1 (C) Approving the Minimum Operable Segment (MOS)
Second Scoping process:
Second Federal Notice of Intent 3/15/2007
Second Scoping Information Package. 03/15/2007
HT letter to DTS Director Kaku re the Second Scoping package and NOI. 04/13/2007
HT Comments on the Second Scoping Meetings 3/18/2007
Second Scoping Report 5/30/2007
Request for Information from City Administration to prospective suppliers.
Initial Draft Bill 80
City Administration Testimony opposing passage of Bill 80
Council resolution 07-736 CD1 FD1 Establishing the panel to select fixed guideway technology.
HT letter to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation
HT letter to the Chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality
HT letter to FTA's Leslie Rogers
Initiative process to put rail on the ballot:
Letter John Carroll, SRN's attorney, sent to the City Clerk
Second letter sent by John Carroll to the City Clerk
The relevant excerpts from the City Charter relating to initiative.
The full City Charter .
Layman's Guide useful to understanding the Charter provisions.
The Draft Environmental Impact Statement process:
Original Yoshioka letter to Council re "20 Lies" issue with our glosses.
Draft Environmental Impact Statement 2008 (official version).
Draft Environmental Impact Statement 2008 (ours, consolidated and decrypted)
DEIS Supplemental Technical Reports.There are 20 of them online here on a variety of subjects.
Comments from individuals and both public and private organizations on the Draft
Comments of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Honolulutraffic.com's comments on the Draft EIS
City's Response to Honolulutraffic.com's comments on the Draft EIS. (includes City's first statement that traffic congestion will be worse with rail.)
Entry into Preliminary Engineering (PE):
FTA's Project Management Oversight Contractor Report (Jacobs Report)
Financial Plan to enter Preliminary Engineering. May 2009 updated to August 2009.
Letter from Toru Hamayasu to FTA's James Ryan of August 12, 2009.
FTA Financial Assessment prepared by Financial Oversight Management Contractor
Internal FTA memorandum discussing Honolulu's rail project dated October 7, 2009.
HT to FTA re MLA as "prudent and feasible avoidance alternative." November 4, 2009.
FTA permission to City to enter PE
Final EIS process:
Letter from FTA Administrator Rogoff to Mayor Hannemann
Comments of consulting parties on the PA.
Honolulutraffic.com's comments on the Final EIS
Our comments to EPA re the Final EIS shortcomings. July 13, 2010.
Governor's Report on the Final EIS financial plan by IMG & CBRE.
City's response to the Governor's Report.
Section 106 Programmatic Agreement -- latest draft January 4, 2011.
City press release on Rep. Mica's views on the project.
HT.com letter to Leslie Rogers re use of 5307 funds
Entry into Final Design process:
April 2011 Draft Financial Plan submittal for entry into Final Design
September 2011 Draft Financial Plan submittal for entry into Final Design
FTA's acceptance of city's entry into final design.
Letter of No Prejudice (needed to begin construction of rail supports)
HART requests a Letter of No Prejudice. 1/8/2012.
Documents the federal district court required for FTA to comply with a court order:
Draft Supplemental EIS 6/1/2013
Draft Supplemental EIS Appendices. 6/1/2013.
Honolulultraffic.com plaintiffs comments on the Draft SEIS. July 22, 2013.
Cliff Slater's comments on the Draft SEIS. July 22, 2013.
For legal documents go to Legal Process Docs.
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Last revision 1/21/12