Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS)/Section 4(f) Evaluation for the Honolulu High-Capacity Transit Corridor Project - Peer Review

Client: Kamehameha Schools

Location: Honolulu, HI

Kamehameha Schools (KS) retained the services of UltraSystems to review the Honolulu High-Capacity Transit Corridor Project, Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Section 4(f) Evaluation, and to provide comments on that document.  UltraSystems limited its comments to those issues that were the most important and relevant to KS due to the implementation of the Project. The Proposed Project was of great interest to KS, because of the potential partial taking of a number of KS properties, and impacts to over one hundred KS properties, lessees, tenants, and their businesses along the proposed Project route.

Besides reviewing the Project EIS, UltraSystems also reviewed the guidance provided by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) on preparing the project Environmental Impact Statement, Honolulu High-Capacity Transit Corridor Project Alternatives Analysis Report, City and County of Honolulu Chapter 343 guidance on Environmental Impact Statements, a Chapter 344 on the State Environmental Policy, and City and County of Honolulu Land Use Ordinance to gain a better understanding of the planning process being followed on the proposed Project and the local land use rules and regulations that came into play on lands impacted by the Project.

UltraSystems review included the entire Proposed Project alignment, which provided high-capacity transit service on Oahu, with the study corridor extending from Kapolei to the University of Hawai`i at M̀ãnoa and Waikīkī.  The east-west length of the study corridor was 23 miles long.  The north-south width was about 4 miles.  Our technical work consisted of on-site field investigations, along with technical analysis validating the information contained within the DEIS.  Eventually, our work product became an important public comment on the DEIS, which was presented to the FTA, on behalf of KS.