State Management Plan

State Management Plan (SMP)

The State Management Plan (SMP) describes the State of Hawaii (State) policies and procedures for administering three United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grant programs:

  • 49 U.S.C. Section 5310 (Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities);
  • 49 U.S.C. Section 5311 (Formula Grants for Rural Areas); and,
  • 49 U.S.C. Section 5339 (Bus and Bus Facilities Formula Program)

It is designed to address the specific topics prescribed by FTA for each grant program, demonstrate how the State (direct recipient) administers the programs, and describe key procedures of interest to prospective subrecipients. To address the specific topics prescribed by FTA, the SMP is organized as shown in the following table.




Required Topic

FTA Grant Section
5310 5311 5339
 2.0 Program Goals and Objectives X X X
 3.0 Roles and Responsibilities X X X
 4.0 Coordination X X X
 5.0 Eligible Subrecipients X X X
 6.0 Eligible Services and Services Areas X
 7.0 Eligible Assistance Categories X
 8.0 Local Share and Local Funding Requirements X X X


Project Selection Criteria and Method of Distributing Funds  






10.0 Intercity Bus Transportation X


Annual Program of Projects Development and Approval Process  






12.0 State Administration, Planning and Technical Assistance X X
13.0 State RTAP X
14.0 Transfer of Funds X X X
15.0 Private Sector Participation X X
16.0 Civil Rights X X X
17.0 Maintenance X
18.0 Charter Rule X
19.0 Section 504 and ADA Reporting X X X
20.0 National Transit Database Reporting X X
21.0 Program Measures X
22.0 State/Designated Recipient Program Management X X X
23.0 Other Provisions X X X

The State is required to have an approved SMP on file with its respective FTA regional office (Region IX) because it is the designated recipient of FTA program funds. The Section 5310, Section 5311, and Section 5339 grant programs were authorized and funded for FY 2016 through FY 2021 by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) and the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. Subsequent grant allocations for continuing transit operations have been made via Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, and American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). For FY2022 to FY2026, authorization and appropriations for funding are authorized via the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), passed in November 2021.

The draft plan is completed and anticipated to cover the years 2023 to 2026.  Please click on the link or image below to download a copy of the draft SMP:

HDOT SMP Draft Version

Comments, questions or recommendation for changes for the draft HDOT SMP was due on or before the close of business at 4:30 pm (Hawaii Standard Time) on Tuesday, February 28, 2023.  THE COMMENT PERIOD IS NOW CLOSED.