The HRTPO is directly responsible for project selection and allocation of funds under two federal funding programs – the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement Program and the Regional Surface Transportation Program (RSTP). 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.
CMAQ is primarily used to fund projects that help improve air quality. Examples of projects that are eligible for CMAQ funding include:
RSTP may be used to fund a wide range of transportation projects, including:
The HRTPO 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 2016 – FY 2021, this year’s CMAQ/RSTP process selected projects to receive allocations in FY 2021. A subcommittee of the Transportation Technical Advisory Committee (TTAC) called the Transportation Programming Subcommittee (TPS) takes into account the funding needs of previously-approved CMAQ and RSTP projects and the scores and ranks of new candidate projects in order to recommend a set of projects to receive FY 2021 CMAQ and RSTP allocations. The TTAC considers the recommendations of the TPS and makes a 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.
During its meeting on November 20, 2014, the HRTPO Board approved FY 2021 allocations of approximately $14.2 million on fourteen CMAQ projects and approximately $26.8 million on nine RSTP projects, as shown in the following tables.