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HRTPO Board Approves CMAQ and RSTP Program Allocations

HRTPO Board Approves CMAQ and RSTP Program Allocations

The HRTPO is directly responsible for project selection and allocation of funds under two federal funding programs – the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) and the Regional Surface Transportation Program (RSTP) – and conducts the CMAQ/RSTP Project Selection Process annually, allocating funds through the end of the State’s next Six-Year Improvement Program (SYIP).  Since the next SYIP will be for FY 2021 – FY 2026, this year’s CMAQ/RSTP process selected projects to receive allocations in FY 2026.  The Transportation Programming Subcommittee (TPS), a subcommittee of the Transportation Technical Advisory Committee (TTAC), takes into account the funding needs of previously approved CMAQ and RSTP projects as well as the scores and ranks of new candidate projects in order to recommend a set of projects to receive FY 2026 CMAQ and RSTP allocations.  The TTAC considers the recommendations of the TPS and makes its recommendation to the HRTPO Board regarding the allocation of CMAQ and RSTP funds.  The HRTPO Board makes the final decision on the projects to receive funds and the amount of funds allocated to each project. 

The HRTPO policies regarding the allocation of CMAQ and RSTP funds give priority to funding previously approved and underway CMAQ and RSTP project phases to completion.  The TPS determined that relatively little funding would remain to allocate to new CMAQ and/or RSTP projects due to the FY 2026 funding needs of existing projects and recommended that no new applications for CMAQ and/or RSTP project proposals be accepted for the 2019 project selection cycle.  The TTAC concurred with the TPS recommendation and during its meeting on November 6, 2019, the TTAC recommended HRTPO Board approval of approximately $15.1 million to 13 CMAQ projects and approximately $36.8 million to 12 RSTP projects.  During its meeting on November 21, 2019, the HRTPO Board approved FY 2026 allocations to those 25 projects as shown in Tables 1 and 2 below.

Table of 2019 CMAQ/RSTP Project Selection Process-Recommend FY 2020 CMAQ Projects and Allocations

Table of 2019 CMAQ/RSTP Project Selection Process-Recommend FY 2020 RSTP Projects and Allocations

 

The competitive process used to select projects to receive funds from these two programs has been approved by the HRTPO Board and is documented in the Guide to the HRTPO CMAQ/RSTP Project Selection Process.

https://www.hrtpo.org/page/cmaq-and-rstp/

CMAQ Project Types

CMAQ funds are primarily used to fund projects that help improve air quality. Examples of projects that are eligible for CMAQ funding include:

Congestion Reduction, Traffic Flow Improvements, and ITS

  • Intersection improvements, such as adding turn lanes
  • Signal system improvements and timing optimization
  • Variable message signs; Traveler information improvements
  • HOV lanes

Public Transportation Improvements

  • New or expanded transit service
  • Bus rehabilitation and replacement
  • Passenger rail projects (Light Rail and Intercity Rail)
  • Bus shelters
  • Rail stations and transfer stations
  • Rail vehicle purchase and replacement

Ridesharing

  • Park and ride lots
  • Ride matching
  • Vanpool programs

Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvements

  • Bicycle paths and trails
  • Multiuse trails
  • Sidewalks

Freight and Intermodal Improvements

  • Diesel engine retrofits on trucks and locomotives
  • Intermodal transfer facilities
  • Barge projects

RSTP Project Types

RSTP funds may be used to fund a wide range of transportation projects, including:

Highway Capacity, Accessibility, and Operational Improvements

  • Road widening
  • New road construction
  • HOV lanes
  • New interchanges
  • Corridor operations
  • Bridge rehabilitation
  • Traffic signal systems
  • Intelligent transportation systems

Public Transportation Improvements

  • New or expanded service
  • Bus rehabilitation and replacement
  • Passenger rail projects (Light Rail and Intercity Rail)
  • Bus shelters
  • Rail stations and transfer stations
  • Rail vehicle purchase and replacement

Ridesharing

  • Park and ride lots
  • Ride matching
  • Vanpool programs

Freight and Intermodal Improvements

  • Diesel engine retrofits on trucks and locomotives
  • Intermodal transfer facilities
  • Barge projects

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