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CMAQ funds are for transportation projects and programs to help meet the requirements of the Clean Air Act. They cannot be used to widen roadways for an additional through travel lane. The projects and programs must improve air quality in the Urbanized Area.
An eligible project sponsor must be a local government in the Ogden/ Layton or Salt Lake/ West Valley Urbanized Area, the department of transportation, or the transit authority, or submit a letter in cooperation with one of these entities.
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 commuter 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 apportions approximately $2,000,000 – $3,000,000 in CMAQ funds each year to the Ogden/ Layton Urbanized Area and approximately $5,000,000 in the Salt Lake/ West Valley Urbanized Area. Funds are programmed over a six year period and applicants currently will be competing for funds available in the federal fiscal year 2026.
In order for the WFRC staff to recommend whether a sponsor should submit an application, the “Letter of Intent” must include the project name, project limits, a brief project description, the type of funds being sought, and an estimated cost. A list of all the projects appropriately submitted will be distributed to members of the Councils of Governments (COGs) and then reviewed by WFRC to determine program eligibility. 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 submit a new and/or updated “Project Evaluation Concept Report,” “Cost Estimation Form,” and “Emissions Analysis Form” for each project. These reports will be reviewed for completeness. The projects will be evaluated and scored by the WFRC staff according to the approved criteria prior to presenting information to the Technical Advisory Committees for review and recommendation. The projects and the recommendations will then be presented to the COGs for discussion and review, as well as to Trans Com for recommendation to the Regional Council.
For additional information regarding the CMAQ program, please contact Ben Wuthrich.