The Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program provides a funding source for State and local governments to fund transportation projects and programs to help meet the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and its amendments and is codified at 23 USC Sec 149. CMAQ funds support state- and locally selected transportation projects that reduce mobile source emissions in both current and former areas designated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to be in nonattainment or maintenance of the national ambient air quality standards for ozone, carbon monoxide, and/or particulate matter.
Many types of projects are eligible under the CMAQ program including electric vehicles and charging stations, diesel engine replacements and retrofits, transit improvements, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, shared micromobility projects including shared scooter systems, and more. In addition to improving air quality and reducing congestion, CMAQ projects can improve equitable access to transportation services, improve safety, and promote application of new and emerging technologies.
The Carbon Reduction Program (CRP) was created under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and designed to provide federal funding to projects that decrease transportation-related carbon emissions that result from on-road, and highway sources.
On October 16, 2023, the TCAG Board of Directors approved the release of the 2023 CMAQ and CRP Call for Projects. TCAG is making available a total of $12.5 million (comprised of $8.3 million of CMAQ funds and $4.2 million of CRP funds) to eligible applicants. Applications are due to TCAG on January 16, 2024. The Call for Projects announcement, project application form and other related documents are linked below:
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