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Regional Transportation Programs

CMAP is responsible for managing certain federal funding programs. These programs, described in detail below, can help fund projects that improve safety, transit, bicycle, or pedestrian facilities. They also help address freight and traffic movement, repair bridges, reconstruct roads, and invest in alternative fuel vehicles and equipment.

CMAP hosts a call for projects for these programs every two years. The latest call for projects closed March 10, 2023.

Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ). CMAP administers CMAQ, a federally funded program of surface transportation improvements. To help implement ON TO 2050 through the CMAQ program, CMAP helps reviewers prioritize proposed projects based on how they support the goals and action areas of the regional plan.

Surface Transportation Program (STP) Shared Fund. Through the regional Shared Fund with its subregional Councils of Mayors (COMs), CMAP administers STP funding.

COMs are defined by specific geographic boundaries, with six in suburban Cook County and one for each of the five collar counties. Each Council of Mayors receives an annual STP allocation and is responsible for programming those funds. Council projects must meet all federal eligibility requirements, including being located on a federal-aid eligible route, and must be sponsored and implemented by a local community within the council.

Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). The locally programmed TAP is a federally-funded program of surface transportation improvements designed to support non-motorized transportation. CMAP uses a competitive process to select and fund bicycle facility projects that help complete the Regional Greenways and Trail Plan.

Carbon Reduction Program (CRP). Created under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, CRP helps states develop carbon reduction strategies and address the climate crisis. CRP invests in projects that can reduce emissions from transportation.

Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). As metropolitan Chicago's agenda for surface transportation, the TIP lists all federally funded projects and regionally significant, non-federally funded projects programmed for implementation in the next four years. The TIP helps both the transportation community and the general public track the use of local, state, and federal transportation funds in support of implementing ON TO 2050.

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