MDOT periodically conducts studies through outside consultants to give the department direction for future projects, services, etc.
In 2021, Maui DOT began a Comprehensive Operational Analysis (COA) of the fixed-route, commuter bus, and paratransit systems. Branded as Getting on Board Maui Bus Route Study, the COA was designed to examine the Maui Bus system to identify potential improvements. The study was conducted by Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates Inc.
During the FY 2020 budget deliberations, the Maui County Council tasked Maui DOT to conduct a bus rates and fees study, which included a fare analysis, the development of a performance management program with formal program objectives, and the development of a Public Participation Plan (PPP). The study was conducted by Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates Inc.
This addendum is an update of the Waikapu Facilities Master Plan, Final Submission - April 2015. Addendum 1 incorporates the revisions listed below to add the Department of Transportation (DOT) facility to the master plan report.
The department's second Short Range Transit Plan was conducted by SSFM International. Its development process included rider surveys, community meetings, technical analysis, and coordination with key stakeholders. The plan is presented in six chapters:
- Introduction and Plan Background,
- Current Fixed Route System,
- Rider Demand Analysis,
- Service Analysis and Recommended Improvements,
- Financial Plan, and
- Action Plan
The department's first Short Range Transit Plan was conducted by Urbitran Associates. The 2006-2010 Maui County Short Range Transit Plan (SRTP) involved extensive community outreach, technical analysis, and coordination with key stakeholders. The plan contained planning, policy and financial components that provides direction for implementing a public transportation system.
The Bus Stop Planning and Design Services report includes the assessment and inventory of bus stops within the Maui Bus fixed-route system. KFH Group was contracted to perform this service. The County wanted to continue to improve the service, but still look for areas of high needs that have not yet been met. The report also identifies recommended improvements to the system's infrastructure and future bus stop locations.