Application Materials

CMAQ Information Sheet

CMAQ Pre-Application

CMAQ Application

CMAQ Supplemental Application- Traffic Flow Improvements

CMAQ Supplemental Application- Travel Demand Management

CMAQ Supplemental Application- PM-10 Reductions

CMAQ Project Endorsement Form

Safe and Complete Streets Policy and Checklist

Air Quality Boundaries Map

2010 Employment Density Map

2040 Employment Density Map

2010 Housing Unit Density

2040 Housing Unit Density

Spokane County Minority Population Map

Spokane County Poverty Level Population Map

Horizon 2040 Priority Network Maps

High Performance Transit Map

Congestion Management Process

 

 

 

 

2018-2020 Congestion Mitigation & Air Quality (CMAQ) Program Call for Projects

SRTC is releasing a call for projects for the Congestion Mitigation & Air Quality program (CMAQ) for the fiscal years of 2018-2020. SRTC anticipates awarding $11.5 million in CMAQ funds under this solicitation. The final amount for the call is subject to change, based on actual annual allocations of CMAQ funds to SRTC.

SRTC will host an informational workshop for potential CMAQ and TAP applicants on Friday, March 13 at 1:30 p.m. at SRTC at the address below.

To apply, please download and fill out the application packet and return by mailing or delivering to SRTC at 221 W 1st Ave, Suite 310, Spokane, WA 99201. Please also follow-up with an electronic (email) submittal to annarb@srtc.org or include a CD with your submittal. 

The deadline to submit project applications is Tuesday, April 30, 2015 at 4 p.m. 

CMAQ OVERVIEW
The Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) program was established by ISTEA of 1991. The CMAQ program provides a flexible funding source to State and local governments for transportation projects and programs to help meet the requirements of the Clean Air Act.

Funding is available to reduce congestion and improve air quality for areas that do not meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), or nonattainment areas, and for areas that were out of compliance but have now met the standards, known as maintenance areas. The Spokane Region is classified as a maintenance area for carbon monoxide (CO) and particulate matter-10 (PM10). Click here to view the map of the Spokane air quality boundaries.

Projects require a 13.5% local match of funds.

Eligible Project Types
Generally, projects eligible under the CMAQ program prior to enactment of MAP-21 remain eligible with the new authorization. All CMAQ projects must demonstrate the three primary elements of eligibility: transportation identity, emissions reduction, and location in or benefitting a nonattainment or maintenance area. While project eligibilities are continued, there is some modification with new language placing considerable emphasis on select project types including electric and natural gas vehicle infrastructure and diesel retrofits. As in past authorizations of the program, projects must be included in a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) transportation plan and transportation improvement program (TIP), or the current Statewide TIP in areas that are not part of an MPO. The MPO plans and programs must also have a transportation conformity determination in place, where applicable. In addition, CMAQ investments must comply with the appropriate Federal cost principles, such as 2 CFR 225, the guidelines for State, local, and tribal governments.

Eligible Activities Include:

  1. Projects that improve traffic flow, including efforts to provide signal systemization, construct HOV lanes; streamline intersections; add turning lanes; improve transportation systems management and operations that mitigate congestion and improve air quality; and implement ITS and other CMAQ-eligible projects, including efforts to improve incident and emergency response or improve mobility, such as through real time traffic, transit and multimodal traveler information.
  2. Projects or programs that shift travel demand to nonpeak hours or other transportation modes, increase vehicle occupancy rates, or otherwise reduce demand through initiatives, such as teleworking, ridesharing, pricing, and others.
  3. Transit investments, including transit vehicle acquisitions and construction of new facilities or improvements to facilities that increase transit capacity. The MAP-21 provision on operating assistance (23 USC 149(m)) is being reviewed and guidance interpreting the provision will be issued in the future.
  4. Non-recreational bicycle transportation and pedestrian improvements that provide a reduction in single-occupant vehicle travel.
  5. Acquisition of diesel retrofits, including tailpipe emissions control devices, and the provision of diesel-related outreach activities.

Ineligible Activities:

No funds may be used to add capacity except for High Occupancy Vehicle facilities that are available to Single Occupancy Vehicles only at off-peak times.

For a full list of eligible activities please refer to FHWA’s Program Guidance on the CMAQ program:
http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/air_quality/cmaq/policy_and_guidance/2013_guidance/index.cfm

All projects must be administered by a certification acceptance (CA) agency. Non-CA agencies can apply for TA funds but must have a CA agency sponsor the project. The sponsorship must be in place prior to project selection. The CA agencies within Spokane County are: WSDOT, Spokane County, City of Spokane, and City of Spokane Valley.

CMAQ APPLICATION MATERIALS

A complete CMAQ application package must include the following:

Completed pre-application
Completed project application
Completed supplemental application
Signed project endorsement form
Vicinity map
Complete Streets Checklist

FUNDING INFORMATION

Funds Available
SRTC anticipates awarding $11.5 million in CMAQ funds under this solicitation. The final amount for the call is subject to change, based on actual annual allocations of CMAQ funds to SRTC.

Target Distribution by Project Category
The SRTC Board approved the following CMAQ funding priorities for the 2018-2020 CMAQ call for projects at their February 12, 2015 meeting:

CMAQ Project Category
Funding Priority
Funding Amount
Travel Demand Management
65%
$7.5 million
Traffic Flow Improvements
25%
$2.9 million
Particulate Matter (PM10) Reductions
10%
$1.1 million

PROJECT SELECTION PROCESS

Evaluation Process
A subcommittee composed of volunteers from the TTC and TAC and SRTC staff will be formed to score projects based on the evaluation criteria outlined below. Preliminary results from the subcommittee will be reviewed by the full TTC, TAC, and SRTC Board. The TTC and TAC will each recommend a prioritized list of projects for Board approval. The SRTC Board will make the final project selection.

Evaluation Criteria
The evaluation criteria for the CMAQ call were developed by a voluntary subcommittee of TTC and TAC members and SRTC staff.

CRITERIA POINTS
Economic Vitality
7%
Cooperation & Leadership
6%
Stewardship
10%
Systems Operations, Maintenance, and Preservation (includes CMP questions)
13%
Safety & Security
5%
Choice & Mobility 14%
Quality of Life 5%
Air Quality Benefit 40%

Timeline

DATE ACTION
March 2 CMAQ/TA Call for Projects Released
March 13 Applicant Workshop, Q&A
March 2-31 SRTC staff works with applicants on methodology for completing supplemental applications for air quality benefits calculations
April 10 CMAQ Pre-Applications & Safe and Complete Streets Checklist Due by 4 p.m.
April 13-17 CMAQ pre-applications used by SRTC staff to screen project eligibility
April 30 CMAQ & TAP Applications Due by 4 p.m.
May 1-15 SRTC staff screens project applications for completeness. SRTC staff will calculate the air quality benefits for each project at this time.
May 18-22 Project Scoring- SRTC staff and voluntary subcommittee of TTC/TAC members
May 18, 27 TAC/TTC Meetings-Review preliminary results*
June 11 SRTC Board- Review preliminary results
June 22, 24 TAC/TTC Meetings- recommend prioritized list of CMAQ projects for Board approval
July 9 SRTC Board Meeting- Approve prioritized list of CMAQ projects and contingency list

* Preliminary results will be provided via email to TAC and TTC committee members after their May meetings.