Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ)
Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) is a transportation improvement program focused on reducing emissions in designated areas of the United States. Federal funding is available to government agencies for projects that will contribute greatly to air quality improvements and decreases in traffic congestion. Federal CMAQ funds must be spent in non-attainment or maintenance areas as determined by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
 

 CMAQ Eligible Areas

 
  • Boone, Boyd, Bullitt, Campbell, Christian, Daviess, Edmonson, Fayette, Jefferson, Kenton, Marshall, Oldham, and Scott
  • Portions of Greenup, Hancock, Lawrence, and Livingston counties

 Note: 23 U.S.C § 149 allows areas formerly designated as nonattainment to be eligible for CMAQ.

 
Please see the FHWA CMAQ Program Interim Guidance for detailed information on project eligibility.
 

 Applying for Funding

 

Local and state government agencies are eligible to apply for CMAQ funding.  Non-profits and private sector entities may partner with an eligible applicant to complete a project.

In order to be eligible for CMAQ funding a project must be located in one of the CMAQ eligible areas (or have a direct AQ benefit to one of these areas) and must reduce CO2, NOX, VOCs, PM2.5, and PM10 emissions from transportation.  Ancillary benefits of eligible projects, such as greenhouse gas reductions, congestion relief, mobility, and safety may be considered when awarding CMAQ funding, although those benefits do not establish eligibility on their own. 

There is not set limit on the number of applications an applicant may submit or the amount of funding for which an applicant can apply.  However, applicants should keep in mind the state receives a limited amount of CMAQ funding on an annual basis.

Projects must follow all federal and state guidelines outlined in the KYTC Federal-Aid Highway Program Project Development Guide for Local Public Agencies (LPAs)

The Office of Local Programs will be accepting applications for CMAQ funding March 16, 2015 through April 30, 2015.  The application can be found in the Documents section of this page.  Instructions for completing and submitting the application are included in the application form.  Questions regarding the application process should be directed via e-mail to Jackie Jones

 

 Resources

 

FHWA CMAQ Program Interim Guidance (November 2013)

FHWA Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program Site

Revised Interim Guidance on CMAQ Operating Assistance Under MAP-21 

23 U.S.C. § 149
Title 23, part 149  of the United States Code outlines the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) program; including eligibility, requirements, evaluation, assessment, and performance planning.

 CMAQ Project Types Exempt from Conformity
Title 40, Chapter 1, Section 93.126 of the Code of Federal Regulations discusses the type of projects that are exempt from the requirement to determine conformity.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
The EPA leads the nation's environmental science, research, education and assessment efforts. The mission of the EPA is to protect human health and the environment. Since 1970, the EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.

Kentucky Division for Air Quality
The Kentucky Division for Air Quality's mission is to protect human health and the environment by achieving and maintaining acceptable air quality through operation of a comprehensive air monitoring network, creating effective partnerships with air pollution sources and the public, timely dissemination of accurate and useful information, the judicious use of program resources, and maintenance of a reasonable and effective compliance assurance program.

Contact Information Contact Info
Office of Local Programs
Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality
200 Mero Street, 6th Floor East
Frankfort, KY 40622
Phone: (502) 564-2060
Fax: (502) 564-6615
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 Documents

 
  
  
Kentucky CMAQ Eligible Areas.pdfKentucky CMAQ Eligible Areas
Kentucky MPOs.pdfKentucky MPOs
Office of Local Programs Progress Report Form.docxOffice of Local Programs Progress Report Form
Office of Local Programs Project Closure Form.docxOffice of Local Programs Project Closure Form
Office of Local Programs Reimbursement Request Form.docxOffice of Local Programs Reimbursement Request Form