Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ)

DVRPC's Competitive Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) seeks to fund transportation projects that will improve air quality and reduce traffic congestion in the DVRPC Region. CMAQ eligible projects will demonstrably reduce air pollution emissions and help the DVRPC region meet the federal health based air quality standards.

FY2019 CMAQ for Pennsylvania Application

The DVRPC FY2019 Competitive CMAQ Program for Pennsylvania is now open. Please select this link to access the FY2019 Competitive CMAQ Program Application Portal.

Please see the FY2019 Competitive CMAQ Program Guidance for Pennsylvania [2.5 MB pdf], the FY2019 Frequently Asked Questions for PA [0.4 MB pdf] and the Recorded Informational Webinar

This CMAQ Program is not a grant program. The sponsor does not receive grant funds to start the project; rather, the sponsor is reimbursed for costs incurred after receiving funding authorization for the project and a notice to proceed. Costs incurred prior to project selection and notice to proceed will not be reimbursed. All awarded projects must authorize federal CMAQ funds by the deadline stated in their award letters. Due to the complexity of managing CMAQ construction projects, DVRPC is requiring a minimum project request be $250,000 for construction projects and $100,000 for transit vehicle acquisitions to expand existing fleet or introduce a new transit service. There is also a soft maximum cap of $4 million for a single application.

What are CMAQ Eligible Projects?

Examples of eligible CMAQ projects include pedestrian and bicycle projects, transit improvement programs, including transit vehicle purchases for fleet expansion or to introduce a new transit service, congestion reduction and traffic flow improvements, and funding of transportation demand management programs, among others. Please refer to DVRPC’s latest CMAQ Guidance and FHWA web links below for further details.

What are Not CMAQ Eligible Projects?

As a general rule, highway or transit maintenance and reconstruction projects, and the construction of single occupancy vehicle (SOV) capacity are not CMAQ eligible activities. Operating costs for bike share programs are not eligible. Please refer to DVRPC’s most recent CMAQ Guidance and FHWA web links below for more information.

Due to processing delays with Buy America requirements, the DVRPC FY2019 Competitive CMAQ Program for Pennsylvania is not accepting diesel retrofit projects, advance technology vehicles (e.g., hybrid cars or sports utility vehicles, electric vehicles, compressed natural gas/ultra-low-emission vehicles), alternative fuel (e.g., clean diesel), or requests to purchase non-revenue fleet vehicles, with the exception of SEPTA applications. The program will not accept applications for carsharing, carpooling, vanpooling, and from transportation management associations. The program also will not fund pre-construction activities, with the exception of PennDOT applications.

In addition, DVRPC retains the prerogative to declare a class of projects not eligible as a matter of policy, if it is determined that such use would not be in the best interest of the region. DVRPC can also deny funding to an otherwise eligible project if it is determined that such funding would provide one private firm an undue competitive advantage over another—a federal regulation that must be observed.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

Public agencies and public – private partnerships with a public agency sponsor are eligible to apply for the Competitive CMAQ Program funds. Project sponsors must comply with all federal requirements, including but not limited to Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) contract set-asides, consultant selection procedures, the competitive bid process, and the American with Disabilities Act requirements. The public agency partner is responsible for applying for the CMAQ funds through DVRPC and overseeing and protecting the investment of the federal funds used in a public–private partnership project. Projects will not be eligible if they result in creating a competitive advantage of one private entity over another. Federal law requires that a legal, written agreement be in place between the public agency and private or non-profit entity before implementing any CMAQ-funded project. Though these agreements need not be finalized at the time the application is submitted, the application must include letters of intent between the parties indicating willingness to enter into such agreement, if the project is selected.

2018 Awards for New Jersey

Sponsor County Title Type Award Amount
Gloucester Township Camden Gloucester Township Bicycle Trail, Oak Avenue to Evesham Road Circuit Trail Construction (Construction) $958,500
Mercer County Mercer Intersection Improvements, Hamilton Avenue (CR 606) and Kuser Road (CR 619)/Ward Avenue and Hamilton Avenue and Liberty Street (in Hamilton Twp.) Congestion Reduction & Traffic Flow Improvements (Construction) $1,185,000
Lawrence Township Mercer Maidenhead Meadows Trail Circuit Trail Construction (Construction) $1,214,400
NJDEP Various It Pay$ to Plug In: New Jersey's Electric Vehicle Charging Grants Program Alternative Fuel Vehicle Program Expansion for Private & Public Entities $200,000
NJDEP Various Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Idle Reduction Grant Program Idling Reduction Grant Program/Pilot Program $216,000
NJDEP Various Electric Vehicle Ride and Drive Events Public Education & Outreach $124,440


Questions for the Competitive CMAQ Program in New Jersey should be directed to Kwan Hui at or (215) 238 - 2894. For Pennsylvania, please contact Rick Murphy at or (215) 238 – 2946.