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Transportation: Plans & Programs: Transportation Improvement Program

Congestion Mitigation Air Quality Program (CMAQ)

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The federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Program (CMAQ) provides funds for transportation projects or programs that will contribute to attainment or maintenance of the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for ozone, carbon monoxide (CO), and particulate matter (PM).

The Federal Highway Administration recognizes SPC’s CMAQ process as a national best practice. The CMAQ process reflects the policy goals from Mapping the Future: The Southwestern PA Plan and was used to develop the 2017 CMAQ Program for the 2019-2022 TIP with the assistance of SPC’s regional CMAQ Evaluation Committee (CEC).

CMAQ Meeting at SPC 2015 CMAQ Meeting at SPC

The CEC reviewed over 27 project applications requesting $134 million in CMAQ funds and recommended a priority ranking of the candidate projects to be considered in the development of the CMAQ Program for the 2019-2022 TIP.  Working with the CMAQ project sponsors and funding agencies, SPC actively monitors, tracks and evaluates the delivery status of CMAQ-funded projects on an ongoing basis. 

2017 CMAQ Program Links

2015 CMAQ Program Sample of Projects

The following were approved for funding through the 2015 CMAQ Program included in the 2017-2020 TIP:

  • Traffic Signal Upgrades in Downtown Pittsburgh and in communities throughout the region
  • Purchase of replacement buses for  the Port Authority  of Allegheny County and Beaver County Transit Authority
  • Bike racks for Mid-Mon Valley Transit Authority buses
  • Commuter marketing and outreach through the region’s three TMAs: the Airport Corridor Transportation Association, Oakland Transportation Management Association and Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership
  • Expansion of park-n-ride facilities in the region
  • Route 837 (East Carson St.) safety improvements in Pittsburgh’s South Side neighborhood

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