Congestion Mitigation & Air Quality Program Call for Projects
SRTC is releasing a call for projects for the Congestion Mitigation & Air Quality program (CMAQ) for the fiscal years of 2014-2017. SRTC anticipates awarding $20 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.
To apply, please download and fill out the application packet to the left under "Downloads" and return by emailing to email@example.com, mailing or delivering to SRTC at 221 W 1st Ave, Suite 310, Spokane, WA 99201, or faxing to 509-343-6400.
The deadline to submit project applications is Tuesday, April 30th at 4:00 p.m.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Non-recreational bicycle transportation and pedestrian improvements that provide a reduction in single-occupant vehicle travel.
- Acquisition of diesel retrofits, including tailpipe emissions control devices, and the provision of diesel-related outreach activities.
No funds may be used to add capacity except for HOV facilities that are available to SOV only at off-peak times.
For a full list of eligible activities please refer to FHWA’s Interim Guidance on the CMAQ program: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/map21/guidance/guidecmaq.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 Funds Available
The SRTC Board approved the following funding priorities for the 2014-2017 CMAQ call for projects at their February 14, 2013 meeting: Travel Demand Management 40%, Traffic Flow Improvements 45%, and Particulate Matter (PM10) Reductions 15%.
PROJECT SELECTION 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.
The evaluation criteria for the CMAQ call were developed by a voluntary subcommittee of TTC and TAC members and SRTC staff.
|Air Quality Benefit||60|
|Cooperation & Leadership||15|
|March 1||CMAQ/TA Call for Projects Released|
|March 7||Applicant Workshop, Q&A|
|March 1-31||SRTC staff works with applicants on methodology for completing supplemental applications for air quality benefits calculations|
|April 1||CMAQ Pre-Applications Due|
|April 2-12||CMAQ pre-applications used by SRTC staff to screen project eligibility|
|April 30||CMAQ Applications Due by 4 p.m.|
|May 1-10||SRTC staff screens project applications for completeness. SRTC staff will calculate the air quality benefits for each project at this time.|
|May 13-17||Project Scoring- SRTC staff and voluntary subcommittee of TTC/TAC members|
|May 20-22||TAC/TTC Meetings-Review preliminary results|
|June 13||SRTC Board- Review preliminary results|
|June 24,26||TAC/TTC Meetings- recommend prioritized list of CMAQ projects for Board approval|
|July 11||SRTC Board Meeting- Approve prioritized list of CMAQ projects and contingency list|
|August-September||Selected projects incorporated into the 2014-2017 TIP|