July 2, 2022, 5:19 a.m. HST
Maui’s metropolitan planning organization is considering the possibility of “flexing” federal highway funds to purchase new buses.
Maui DFO is now accepting public comments on its 2022-2025 Federal Fiscal Year Transportation Improvement Program Revision No. 6, which includes the following changes:
- Flex $5 million in Federal Highway Administration funds to the Federal Transit Administration for the purchase of buses in Maui; and
- Add the West Maui Greenway shared use path to the TIP to facilitate design and construction funds for the project.
According to Maui DFO, shifting or “flexing” funds from federal highway programs to the federal transit program facilitates federal investments at the local level for measures that improve access and improve transportation operations in common. “This mode of funding promotes greater coordination between agencies to accelerate project delivery and reduce costs,” according to the organization.
The Hawaii Department of Transportation has asked Maui DFO to facilitate the transfer of funds, which will allow the state to claim the maximum amount of federal redistribution funds for Hawaiʻi. To move forward with the transfer, the Maui TIP must be amended by the end of July. Maui MPO will follow the expedited change process outlined in its TIP policy.
Comments can be emailed to [email protected] or by mail to Maui MPO at 200 South High Street, Wailuku, HI 96793. A draft public review of Revision #6 is available at mauimpo.org through July 8, 2022.
The TIP includes all transportation projects on Maui that use federal highway or transit funds or are regionally significant. By identifying projects in the TIP, Maui can receive funding for roads, bridges, bus transit, trails, paths and sidewalks.
Maui MPO is the transportation planning agency for the island of Maui.