Call for transportation projects

Call for transportation projects

From January 15 to March 15, 2019, CMAP held a call for projects for the regional Surface Transportation Program (STP) Shared Fund, Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ), and locally programmed Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP-L). These federal programs fund surface transportation projects that improve transit, traffic, bicycle facilities, freight, safety and alternative fuel vehicles and equipment.

Public Comment

Public comments were accepted through Friday, August 16, 2019 on the below programs. The comments received have been posted in the links below under the corresponding program.


Comments received on the FFY 2020-2024 CMAQ and FFY 2020-2022 TAP-L Recommended Programs (PDF)

FFY 2020-2024 CMAQ and FFY 2020-2022 TAP-L Recommended Programs (PDF)

FFY 2020-2024 CMAQ and FFY 2020-2022 TAP-L Recommended Programs (Excel)

CMAP has developed a $264.4 million five-year program of CMAQ projects that improve air quality and mitigate congestion. The TAP program is a $13.5 million program of bicycle facility projects that helps complete the Regional Greenways and Trails Plan.

STP - Shared Fund

Comments received on the FFY 2020-2024 STP - Shared Fund Recommended Program:

Comments regarding the Homewood Metra Station (A-F) (PDF | 2.6MB)

Comments regarding the Homewood Metra Station (G-K) (PDF | 1.9MB)

Comments regarding the Homewood Metra Station (L-Z) (PDF | 3.7MB)

All other comments (PDF | 18.7MB)

FFY 2020-2024 STP - Shared Fund Recommended Programs (PDF)

FFY 2020-2024 STP - Shared Fund Recommended Programs (Excel)

The recommended program of seventeen projects totaling over $196 million, was developed by applying the technical methodology adopted by the STP Project Selection Committee to evaluate and score projects based on their readiness, regional transportation impact, and support of regional planning factors. Funds were programmed for the highest scoring projects by the phase and fiscal year requested within the fiscal constraints of each program year. If a request could not be fully accommodated, funds were either programmed in a later year or the project was not recommended for funding. The STP Project Selection Committee also requested comments on this programming process, including consideration for developing a revised recommendation that would offer partial funding to projects that were not recommended in the draft program because they could not be fully funded. This approach would increase funding for higher ranked projects as long as their sponsors agree to provide additional local funding, and would reduce funding available for lower ranked projects.

Project evaluation scores

STP - Shared Fund

The STP - Shared Fund scoring was available for applicant review through Wednesday, June 19, 2019.  Following the receipt of applicant comments, scores were adjusted to determine all projects’ final ranking, which was used to develop the staff recommended active and contingency programs above. 

All submitted applications were reviewed in all appropriate project categories, regardless of eligibility determination for a preliminary score. Upon completion of the preliminary scoring, projects that did not meet eligibility criteria were removed, along with all lower-scoring instances of each project that was scored in multiple categories. The need and improvement scores, which are calculated relative to all applications within each project type, were adjusted based on the final set of highest scoring eligible projects to determine the STP - Shared Fund Scoring.  Details of the scoring and evaluation process are available in the Scoring Documentation.

STP - Shared Fund Final Scoring (July 11, 2019)

Scoring Documentation

STP - Shared Fund Scoring (June 10, 2019)

STP - Shared Fund Preliminary Scoring (June 10, 2019)
(includes ineligible projects and multi-category evaluations)


CMAQ and TAP-L Scoring

CMAQ Scoring

TAP-L Scoring

Applications submitted for consideration

CMAQ, TAP-L and STP-Shared selection process timeline

Date (2019)


January 15

Call for projects released

January 15

Webinar: overview of the funding programs and eligible projects

January 17

Webinar: how to submit an application via the eTIP website

March 1

Deadline for sponsors to submit applications to Planning Liaisons for review

March 15

Applications due by the end of business day

May 21

Deadline for Councils/CDOT to submit bonus points allocation (STP only)

June 1

Deadline for obtaining design approval or submission of PDR documents

July 18

Project Selection Committees (PSCs) consider staff recommended draft programs

July 18-August 16

Public comment period

September 5

PSCs review public comment and finalize proposed programs

October 10

CMAP Board and MPO Policy Committee consider proposed programs


Federal eligibility determination (CMAQ only) and funding notification

Application documents

Webinar recordings, presentation slides, and additional information

CMAP hosted two informational webinars about these funding opportunities. To RSVP click on the links. Each webinar will provide different information about the call for projects.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 @ 2:00 p.m.:  Information on the funding programs and eligible projects (download resources: recording (44MB, advance to 4:45 for video image) | presentation slides | question log)

Thursday, January 17, 2019 @ 10:00am: How to submit an application via the eTIP website (download resources: recording (53 MB) | presentation slides question log)

Additional Resources:

List of municipalities by regional council.

FAQ page

Historical information on program development

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