FHWA’s Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ)
This federal assistance program was first authorized in 1991 and has been funded ever since under the multi-year surface transportation authorizing legislation packages. The most recent FAST Act package provides an average of $2.4 billion annually through 2020. CMAQ funds are apportioned to states based on a funding formula.
Funds may be used for transportation projects that are likely to contribute to the attainment or maintenance of a national ambient air quality standard and that have a high level of effectiveness in reducing air pollution. Eligible projects must also be included in the Metropolitan Planning Organization’s (MPO’s) current transportation plan and transportation improvement program (TIP) or the current state transportation improvement program (STIP) in areas without an MPO.
CMAQ supports projects across surface transportation modes. Some eligible investments include:
CMAQ funds may be invested in all ozone, CO, and PM nonattainment and maintenance areas. Funds also may be used for projects in proximity to nonattainment and maintenance areas if the benefits will be realized primarily within the nonattainment or maintenance area.
The Application Process
The CMAQ application and selection process may occur at either the state or MPO level. FHWA and FTA coordinate with the local agencies to review applications and approve eligibility.
Seneca has a prepared successful CMAQ applications for road and rail projects and we have a particular expertise in developing diesel locomotive (non-road engine) retrofit projects. For more information on how we can specifically support your CMAQ project from concept through application, please contact us.