How are projects evaluated and ranked?
The primary consideration for CMAQ projects is the cost-effectiveness of their air emissions reductions, measured as either the cost per kilogram of volatile organic compounds (VOC) reduced or the cost per kilogram of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) reduced. Projects will be ranked by their air quality cost-effectiveness within their project type category.
Additional criteria will be measured for projects as secondary to the air quality cost-effectiveness and will be taken into consideration when evaluating projects for potential funding. These are referred to as Transportation Impact Criteria and are specific to a project type. The Application Booklet on the Program Development page provides specific details on the evaluations for these criteria.
Will my project rank better if we only request construction funds?
When ranking a project, the total project cost, which includes all phases of the project, will be used. Projects where the sponsor has shown commitment to the project by funding phases independently will be noted for the Project Selection Committee's consideration.
Can one agency submit multiple applications?
Yes, definitely. However, be sure that sufficient financial and staff resources are available to follow through on all projects that are selected.
If I forget to include some information, can I submit it after the deadline?
Significant effort is being made to ensure that applicants submit all of their information on time. The review by your Council/Conference Planning Liaison will help you to identify any missing pieces. Applications that are sumbitted that are missing any of the following will be immediately rejected and will not be considered for funding:
- A complete Project Financing & Funding Request section on the first page of the main project application form.
- Detailed Estimate of Costs
- The Input Module Worksheets for traffic flow improvement projects only.
- Planning Liaison review certifying that applications from local agency sponsors have been reviewed for completeness.
For any other missing information, CMAP staff or the Planning Liaison will contact the sponsor and the sponsor will have 30 days from that contact to provide the missing information.
If my community works together with several neighboring jurisdictions to implement a joint corridor project, who is the lead agency?
It is up to those jurisdictions to develop some type of intergovernmental agreement or memorandum of understanding to assure the respective commitment to the project, to assign a lead agency and clarify the funding shares and payment mechanism for the local match. Then for the engineering phases, IDOT will work with the identified lead agency on the agreements, project processing, and local match. You can decide whether it is best to bid the project in municipal segments or jointly for the whole corridor.
What if a municipality is interested in a CMAQ project, but is not in a position to apply during this call for projects; what is then next opportunity to apply?
CMAP intends to maintain a two-year cycle for program development, but that is dependent on Congress for both new authorizing legislation and healthy budget appropriations. This timing is not as discouraging as it sounds because of the "first ready, first funded" practices, i.e. once the project is in the CMAQ program it is likely that it can be moved up when it is ready.