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Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funds are intended to fund transportation projects that improve air quality. Funds are not eligible for through travel lanes.
An eligible project sponsor must be a local government in the Ogden-Layton or Salt Lake City-West Valley City Urbanized Area, Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), or Utah Transit Authority (UTA). Other entities interested in applying must submit a letter in cooperation with an eligible project sponsor.
Funds must be used for projects which improve air quality. Eligible projects include transportation activities in the State Air Quality Implementation Plan (SIP); construction/purchase of public transportation facilities and equipment; construction of bicycle or pedestrian facilities serving transportation needs; promotion of alternative modes, including ridesharing; Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS); and certain traffic control measures, such as traffic signal coordination, intersection improvements, and incident management. The funds may not be used for major road widening.
By population formula, the federal government currently annually apportions approximately $2,000,000 – $3,000,000 in CMAQ funds to the Ogden-Layton Urbanized Area and approximately $5,000,000 to the Salt Lake City-West Valley City Urbanized Area. Funds are programmed over a six-year period and therefore applicants currently compete for funds available in the federal fiscal year of 2024.
In order for the Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC) staff to recommend that a sponsor submit an application, a “Letter of Intent” must be submitted and include the project name, project limits, brief project description, type of funds sought, and estimated cost. A list of all of the projects appropriately submitted will be distributed to members of the Councils of Governments (COGs) and then reviewed by WFRC to determine program eligibility. Letters of Intent are due by October 29, 2018 to Ben Wuthrich. This letter should be signed by the Mayor, Commissioner, or executive director of the sponsoring agency.
Sponsors of eligible projects will be notified and required to completely fill out ALL of the following forms for each project by January 17, 2019. These reports will be reviewed for completeness. The projects will be evaluated and scored according to the approved criteria by WFRC staff prior to presenting information to the technical advisory committees for review and recommendation. The projects and recommendations will then be presented to the COGs for discussion and review, and to Transportation Coordinating Committee (Trans Com) for recommendation to the Council.
For additional information regarding the CMAQ program, please contact Ben Wuthrich.
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