FEDERAL HIGHWAY FUNDS
SRTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County. As an MPO, SRTC is responsible for distributing federal funds that are specifically allocated to the Spokane region. These funds come from the following three programs: Surface Transportation Program (STP), Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ), and Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP).
Surface Transportation Program (STP)
The STP program is the most flexible source of federal transportation funding. STP funds can be used for roadway construction, reconstruction or preservation; transit projects; bicycle and pedestrian facilities or programs; bridges; and planning efforts. For a full list of eligible activities, please refer to FHWA’s STP Implementation Guidance.
Funding: SRTC’s annual allocation of STP funds is approximately $6.7 million.
Calls for Projects: SRTC typically conducts a call for STP projects in even numbered years. In April 2014, SRTC released a 3 year call for projects for the STP program for the years 2017-2019. More information on that call for projects can be found here.
Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ)
The purpose of the CMAQ program is to implement transportation projects and programs that improve air quality by increasing the efficiency of existing transportation facilities or reducing travel demand. CMAQ-funded projects and programs must be capable of demonstrating a reduction of either carbon monoxide (CO) or particulate matter (PM-10) within the Spokane CO and PM-10 boundaries. Eligible activities for CMAQ projects include projects that improve traffic flow (such as improved signalization or turn lanes), projects that shift traffic demand to off-peak times or other transportation modes, transit improvements, bicycle or pedestrian improvements, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), or the establishment of a traffic monitoring and management facility. For a full list of eligible activities, please refer to FHWA’s CMAQ Interim Guidance.
Funding: SRTC’s annual allocation of CMAQ funds is approximately $3.4 million.
Call for Projects: SRTC typically conducts a call for CMAQ projects in odd numbered years. The next call for future CMAQ projects is planned for 2017.
Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP)
The TAP program funds on- and off-road facilities for bicyclists and pedestrians and other enhancements to surface transportation. Eligible projects include sidewalks, bicycle facilities, traffic calming projects, projects that bring a facility into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), conversion of rail corridors for non-motorized users, scenic overlooks and viewpoints, historic preservation, environmental mitigations, Safe Routes to School projects, and recreational trails.
Funding: SRTC’s annual allocation of TAP funds is $540,000.
Call for Projects: SRTC typically conducts a call for TAP projects in odd numbered years. The next call for future TAP projects is planned for 2017.
FEDERAL TRANSIT FUNDS
SRTC also assists Spokane Transit Authority (STA) with the prioritization and distribution of federal transit funds that are allocated to the Spokane region. STA is the designated recipient of transit funds allocated to the Spokane urbanized area. As such, the STA Board of Directors selects the program of projects to fund with transit funding. However, SRTC assists STA in the process by facilitating a call for projects and ultimately incorporating the program of projects into SRTC’s Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).
Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities (Section 5310)
The purpose of this program is to provide funds for programs that serve the special needs of transit-dependent populations beyond traditional public transportation services and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) complementary paratransit services. At least 55% of the funds must be used on capital projects carried out to meet the needs of seniors and individuals with disabilities when public transit is insufficient, inappropriate, or unavailable. The remaining 45% may be used for public transportation projects that exceed ADA requirements, improve access to fixed-route transit and reduce reliance on complementary paratransit, or alternatives to public transportation that assist seniors and individuals with disabilities.
Funding: The annual allocation for the Spokane urbanized area is approximately $360,000.
Call for Projects: SRTC facilitates a call for projects for Section 5310 funds on behalf of STA. At this time, there is no scheduled call for projects.
Urbanized Area Formula Grants (Section 5307)
This program provides grants to urbanized areas for transit capital, planning, and job access and reverse commute projects.
Funding: The annual allocation for the Spokane urbanized area is approximately $7.6 million.
Call for Projects: STA prioritizes the program of projects for Section 5307 funds, however, SRTC ultimately incorporates the program of projects into SRTC’s TIP.
Bus and Bus Facilities (Section 5339)
This program provides capital funding to replace, rehabilitate and purchase buses and related equipment and to construct bus-related facilities.
Funding: The annual allocation for the Spokane urbanized area is approximately $880,000.
Call for Projects: STA prioritizes the program of projects for Section 5339 funds, however, SRTC ultimately incorporates the program of projects into SRTC’s TIP.