The Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act provides a suballocation of Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) funding to the CMAP urbanized area from funds apportioned to the State of Illinois for a broad range of eligible transportation projects. Due in part to the broad project eligibilities, historic practices, and differing subregional emphases on the individual priorities of ON TO 2050, the MPO Policy Committee has delegated STP programming authority to the regional Councils of Mayors and City of Chicago.
The distribution of funding and programming procedures are outlined in an agreement between the Council of Mayors and City of Chicago that was updated and endorsed by the MPO Policy Committee on October 11, 2017. This agreement established a shared fund for accomplishing large regional projects, and made changes to the local council and City of Chicago distribution of funding and programming methodologies to place more emphasis on Performance-Based Programming decisions and accomplishment of the goals of ON TO 2050.
An STP Project Selection Committee is also called for in the agreement. The committee meets as needed to establish and manage the STP Shared Fund methodology and program. On February 9, 2023, the committee approved revised STP Active Program Management Policies. To ensure that all communities within the region have reasonable access to federal funds without an undue burden caused by lack of resources for required local matching funds, on November 28, 2018, the committee approved a Policy for the use of TDCH for STP funded projects.