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.

The 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 are not reimbursed. All awarded projects must authorize federal CMAQ funds by the deadline stated in their award letters.

No applications in NJ and PA are being accepted at this time. On May 27, 2021, the DVRPC Board approved the list of recommended project awards for the FY2020 round in NJ. All CMAQ project awards are listed under “Awards for NJ” or in PA, "Awards for PA".

What are CMAQ Eligible Projects?

Projects must result in a reduction of emissions related to transportation, congestion reduction, and for the public good (i.e., not benefiting one private entity over another) to meet the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and its amendments. General eligible project categories include pedestrian and bicycle projects, transit improvement programs, 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.

Ineligible CMAQ Projects

As a general rule, highway or transit maintenance and reconstruction projects, and the construction of single occupancy vehicle (SOV) capacity are not eligible because they do not provide an air quality benefit. Operating costs for bike share programs are not eligible. Please refer to DVRPC's latest CMAQ Guidance and FHWA web links below for further details.

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?

All public agencies, incorporated private firms, or nonprofit entities, including municipalities, Transportation Management Associations (TMAs), and transportation system operators are eligible. Private firms and nonprofits must partner with a local public agency sponsor and have a formal agreement in place with the public agency at the time of funding award. Private individuals are not eligible to apply. Please refer to DVRPC's latest CMAQ Guidance for details.

Awards for Pennsylvania
RoundSponsorCountyTitleTypeAward Amount
2019SEPTARegionwideWork Train Locomotive Replacement ProjectDiesel Engine Replacement$3,800,000
2019Falls TwpBucksFalls Twp Adaptive Traffic Signal SystemCongestion Reduction and Traffic Flow Improvements$1,084,720
2019PhoenixvilleChesterNutt Road (SR 0023) and Starr Street Operational ImprovementsCongestion Reduction and Traffic Flow Improvements$868,656
2019PennDOTChesterPA 401 and Valley Hill Road Intersection Improvement ProjectCongestion Reduction and Traffic Flow Improvements$2,110,000
2019Concord TwpDelawareNaamans Creek Road and Wilmington-West Chester Pike Dual Left Turn LanesCongestion Reduction and Traffic Flow Improvements$535,100
2019PennDOTDelawareWest Chester and Route 476 ImprovementsCongestion Reduction and Traffic Flow Improvements$2,849,000
2019PennDOTDelawareMedia Bypass ITS CorridorTraffic Flow Improvements$5,000,000
2019Lower Merion TwpMontgomeryConshohocken State Rd (SR 0023) and Spring Mill Rd (SR 3032)Congestion Reduction and Traffic Flow Improvements$754,792
2019Whitpain TwpMontgomerySkippack Pike Traffic Signal SystemCongestion Reduction and Traffic Flow Improvements$892,007
2019Upper Dublin TwpMontgomeryDreshertown Rd Cross County Trail ExtensionBicycle and Pedestrian Facilities and Programs$1,892,200
2019PennDOTPhiladelphiaRoosevelt Blvd Cross Over LanesCongestion Reduction and Traffic Flow Improvements$1,500,000
2019PhiladelphiaPhiladelphiaSchuylkill River Park Extension - Christian to CrescentBicycle and Pedestrian Facilities and Programs$1,650,000
2019PhiladelphiaPhiladelphiaIndego 2.0: Increasing Core CapacityBicycle and Pedestrian Facilities and Programs$2,250,000

 Awards for New Jersey
RoundSponsorCountyTitleTypeAward Amount
2020Voorhees TownshipCamdenConstruction of Pedestrian and Bike Lane Improvements for Access to the Ashland PATCO Station in Voorhees Township, Somerdale Borough, Cherry Hill Township, and Lawnside BoroughBicycle and Pedestrian Facilities and Programs$594,000
2020Camden CountyCamdenConstruction of the Route 130 Camden County Link Trail Bike/Ped Bridge Project (Circuit) in Pennsauken TownshipBicycle and Pedestrian Facilities and Programs$3,163,000
2020Lawrence TownshipMercerConstruction of Princeton Pike Traffic Flow Mitigation Improvements at the intersections of Princeton Pike and Fackler Road and Princeton Pike and Province Line Road
Congestion Reduction and Traffic Flow Improvements$836,000
2020New Jersey  Department of  Environmental Protection (NJDEP)MercerNJDEP’s eMobility Program in the City of Trenton
Public Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure and Education and Outreach$300,000 total for Trenton City-owned Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations on public property ($200,000) and Education/Outreach ($100,000) of the eMobility Program in Trenton City
2020Greater Mercer Transportation Management Association (TMA)VariousDecreasing SOV Commutes while Increasing Employment Accessibility for Essential Workers with Dynamic RidesharingEducation and Outreach$81,000 total ($25,000 Marketing/$56,000 Administration for Marketing)
2018Gloucester TownshipCamdenGloucester Township Bicycle Trail, Oak Avenue to Evesham RoadCircuit Trail Construction (Construction)$958,500
2018Mercer CountyMercerIntersection 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
2018Lawrence TownshipMercerMaidenhead Meadows TrailCircuit Trail Construction (Construction)$1,214,400
2018NJDEPVariousIt Pay$ to Plug In: New Jersey's Electric Vehicle Charging Grants ProgramAlternative Fuel Vehicle Program Expansion for Private & Public Entities$200,000
2018NJDEPVariousEmergency Medical Services (EMS) Idle Reduction Grant ProgramIdling Reduction Grant Program/Pilot Program$216,000
2018NJDEPVariousElectric Vehicle Ride and Drive EventsPublic Education & Outreach$124,440


Questions for the Competitive CMAQ Program in New Jersey or Pennsylvania should be directed to Rick Murphy at or (215) 238 – 2946.

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