DVRPC has allocated $10.6 million for this round; $8m is available for Pennsylvania and $2.6m for New Jersey. Transportation authorities, local governments and non-profits who partner with those organizations are eligible to apply for the funds.
The money is Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Funds, or "CMAQ," a large pot of federal funds that can be used to pay for a range of projects that reduce congestion and air pollution. DVRPC puts aside a small portion of their CMAQ dollars for this competitive process (much more money goes to agencies like SEPTA and NJDOT). The last time DVRPC offered a competitive round of CMAQ funding was 2005.
The CMAQ eligibility process requires some math to calculate the benefits of each project. Fortunately DVRPC has set up a helpful web page along with a healthy lead time to complete applications. All program information is available at dvrpc.org/cmaq.
Examples of past bike/ped projects that have received CMAQ funding include:
- Bike Racks on SEPTA buses
- Chester Valley Trail, Schuylkill River Trail, Cobbs Creek Bikeway
- Adopt A Rack
- Regional Bicycle Mobility Map