SRTC is funded through a combination of federal transportation funds and required matching funds from state and local governments, as well as dues from our partner agencies. As the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County, SRTC has no authority to raise revenues such as to levy taxes on our own. Instead, we work with committees and partner agencies to decide collaboratively how to spend federal and other governmental transportation funds. As part of our planning process, SRTC is responsible for channeling Federal funding to area transportation projects. We do this through ‘Calls for Projects’ (CFP) as funding becomes available.
Some of the programs SRTC receives money from to disburse include:
Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program- The CMAQ program funds transportation projects or programs that will contribute to attainment or maintenance of the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for ozone, carbon monoxide (CO), and particulate matter (PM). The CMAQ program supports two goals of the Department of Transportation: improving air quality and relieving congestion.
Transportation Enhancements- Offers funding opportunities to help expand transportation choices and enhance the transportation experience through activities related to surface transportation, including pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure and safety programs, scenic and historic highway programs, landscaping and scenic beautification, historic preservation, and environmental mitigation.
Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC or Section 5316)- Provides transportation services to jobs and employment-related activities for welfare recipients and eligible low-income individuals, and transportation options for reverse commuters, regardless of income.
New Freedom- (Section 5317) Supports new public transportation services and alternatives for individuals with disabilities, as well as transportation services beyond those currently required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.
Section 5307 (Urbanized Area Formula Funding Program)- Makes Federal resources available to urbanized areas for transit capital and operating assistance in urbanized areas and for transportation related planning.
Surface Transportation Program (STP)- Provides flexible funding that may be used by states and localities for projects on any Federal-aid highway, including bridge projects on any public road, transit capital projects, and intracity and intercity bus terminals and facilities.
Funding from these programs only becomes available at certain times throughout the year, and some of the programs only have funds available every couple years. There are currently no active calls for projects. When a call for projects is issued, information on it will be posted on this page, including program requirements, application information and amount of funding available.