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Congestion Mitigation & Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ)

The Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program is a reimbursable program that funds transportation projects and programs that show an air quality benefit. Funding is available for eligible activities that will help areas with measurable air pollution meet the requirements of the Clean Air Act.

Eligibility

Each CMAQ project must meet three basic criteria: it must be a transportation project, it must generate an emissions reduction from motor vehicles, and it must be located in or benefit a nonattainment area. Added capacity projects are not eligible.

Selection

Proposals for CMAQ funding must include a precise description of the project or program, providing information on its size, scope, location and timetable. A calculation of the project's expected emission reduction benefits must also be submitted.
The potential reduction of motor vehicle emissions from a proposed project or program provides the basis for the competitive selection of activities for CMAQ funding. Selected proposals are adopted into the MPO’s current Metropolitan Transportation Plan (Mobility 2045) and Transportation Improvement Program (FY 2019-2022 TIP).

Solicitation of Project Proposals

The MPO issues the call for CMAQ projects and programs based on funding availability. The Transportation Policy Board ultimately selects which submissions to fund. Find information on the MPO’s 2019 CMAQ call for projects.

Eligible Activities

Examples of eligible activities for CMAQ funding include:

Performance Measures

Recent federal legislation requires a CMAQ performance plan covering MPOs that serve one million or more population and that represent a nonattainment or maintenance area. In addition, MPOs in CMAQ areas must set targets for three federal emissions and traffic congestion reduction performance measures. The CMAQ performance plan and performance measures are not yet applicable to AAMPO because Bexar County was named nonattainment for ozone after the first applicability deadline.

Allocation of CMAQ in the Alamo Area

In 2019, the MPO Transportation Policy Board recommended $63 million in CMAQ funding. The allocation for FY 2020-FY 2022 is shown in the table below.

Agency

Project Name

MPO ID

CMAQ Funding

FY 2020

FY 2021

FY 2022

VIA Metropolitan Transit

VIA Fleet Replacement Program

5580.1 5580.2  5580.3

$20,600,000

$6,866,667

$6,866,667

$6,866,666

VIA Metropolitan Transit

Bus Frequency Program

5581.1 5581.2  5581.3

$9,325,000

$6,345,477

$1,489,762

$1,489,761

Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)

SH 16-Helotes

5571

$8,600,000

$0

$0

$8,600,000

City of San Antonio

Medical Center Green Street: Hamilton Wolfe & Ewing Halsell

5572

$6,000,000

$0

$0

$6,000,000

TxDOT

Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)

5570

$5,400,000

$0

$5,400,000

$0

TxDOT

HERO

5579

$4,950,000

$0

$0

$4,950,000

City of San Antonio

Traffic Signal Optimization

5573.1 5573.2  5573.3

$4,500,000

$1,500,000

$1,500,000

$1,500,000

City of San Antonio

ITS Upgrades

5574.1 5574.2

$2,000,000

$1,000,000

$1,000,000

$0

City of San Antonio

City of San Antonio Transportation Demand Management Program

5575.1  5575.2  5575.3

$750,000

$250,000

$250,000

$250,000

City of San Antonio

Vehicle Emissions Reductions Outreach & Education Programs

5576.1  5576.2  5576.3

$450,000

$150,000

$150,000

$150,000

The University of Texas at San Antonio

Make UTSA Walkable

5577.1  5577.2  5577.3

$339,125

$113,041

$113,042

$113,042

TxDOT

Traffic Incident Management (TIM)

5578

$75,000

$75,000

$0

$0

Total

$62,989,125

$16,300,185

$16,769,471

$29,919,469

 

Volkswagen

On November 16, 2018, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) released the Final Beneficiary Mitigation Plan for Texas. Four San Antonio-area counties (Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe and Wilson) can apply for over $61 million toward eligible vehicle and equipment replacement and repowers. The funds are administered through TCEQ.

TERP

The Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP) program outlines nine different grant programs to incentivize eligible individuals, businesses or local governments to reduce emissions from polluting vehicles and equipment. The grant program is administered through TCEQ.

For More Information:

Allison Blazosky pictureAllison Blazosky, AICP

Transportation Planning Program Manager
Title VI Liaison

(210) 230-6911
 blazosky@alamoareampo.org