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CMAQ/TAP-L Program Development

CMAQ FFY 2018-2022 and TAP-L FFY 2018-2020 Call for Projects 

CMAP released a new call for Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) and locally programmed Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP-L).  Applications were due by March 3, 2017.

For updates on the applications received, the evaluation process and the development of the new CMAQ and TAP-L programs, check back with this webpage.  The time frame for the program development process can be found on page 19 of the Program Application Booklet

Local sponsors should direct questions to their planning liaison, and all other sponsors should contact Doug Ferguson ( 

Public Review and Comment Period

CMAP has released the proposed FFY 2018-2022 Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program and FFY 2018-2020 Transportation Alternatives Program-Local (TAP-L) for a public review and comment period.  CMAP has developed a $256 million combined multi-year program of CMAQ and TAP-L projects that improve air quality, mitigate congestion and help complete the Regional Greenways and Trails Plan. See the Proposed Programs and Project Evaluation section below for a list of the projects in the proposed programs. Comments on the program of projects may be submitted to CMAP by mail, e-mail, or phone (312-454-0400) through September 4, 2017. 

Applications Submitted for Consideration

Project Applications with brief descriptions, location and financial information - Sorted by Project Type

Project Type Count


Access to Transit 9 $         5,276,831
Bicycle Facilities 34 $    105,104,498
Bottleneck Elimination 5 $    110,336,016
Direct Emissions Reduction 10 $    190,249,828
Intersection Improvement 29 $      86,738,085
Other 5 $      34,579,920
Signal Interconnect 4 $         5,298,199
Transit Facility Improvement 8 $    333,962,232
Transit Service and Equipment 1 $      35,200,000
Grand Total 105 $    906,745,609


Applicant Resources

Below are external resources for CMAQ Applicants. Resources specific to Northeastern Illinois and CMAP Policies and Procedures can be found on the CMAQ Related Pages described on the CMAQ Program web page.

Agency Websites

Federal Highway Administration CMAQ Program Site

Federal Highway Administration CMAQ Reference Materials

Environmental Protection Agency - Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards Site


Transportation Alternatives (TA) Set-Aside Implementation Guidance (2016)

Interim Guidance on the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improve Program under MAP-21 (2012)

Final Guidance on the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program under SAFETEA-LU (2008)

Manuals and Processes

Federal Aid Project Flow Chart: Initiation to Completion (IDOT, 2002) Number correspond to Milestone Schedule

IDOT-District 1-Local Roads and Streets' Mechanics of Project Management; FHWA Process for Project Implementation (2008)

IDOT Bureau of Local Roads & Streets Manual

IDOT - It Takes Time Site


SAFETEA-LU 1808: CMAQ Evaluation and Assessment Phase II Final Report (FHWA, 2009)

SAFETEA-LU 1808: CMAQ Evaluation and Assessment, Phase I Final Report (FHWA, 2008)

The Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program: Assessing 10 Years of Experience, Special Report 264 (Transportation Research Board, 2002)

Creating Transportation Choices: Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program Success Stories (U.S. EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality, 1999)

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