Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Program

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Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Program

The Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program is to fund transportation projects or programs that will contribute to attainment or maintenance of the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). Funding can be expended on projects to reduce ozone precursor emissions (including nitrogen oxides (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOC), carbon monoxide (CO), and particulate matter (PM) emissions or PM precursor (e.g. NOx) emissions from transportation.


The 2017 Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Program Call for Projects process is now open!


On Thursday, September 28, 2017 the Fresno COG Policy Board voted to initiate the 2017-18 Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Program (CMAQ) Call for Projects.


Project applications may now be submitted and will be accepted until Thursday, November 30, 2017 for the Regional Bid process.


Tentative Timeline

  • July 19, 2017                  Programming Subcommittee
  • Sept. 28, 2017                COG Policy Board Approves/Initiates “Call for Projects”
  • October 5, 2017             CMAQ Workshop
  • Nov. 30, 2017                Project Submittals Due for Regional Bid (by Noon)
  • Late March, 2018          CMAQ Scoring Committee Meeting
  • April 10, 2018                Project Submittals Due for Lifeline Applications (by COB)
  • May 31, 2018                 Fresno COG Board Project Approvals/Council resolutions due
  • June 2018                       Projects Programed into 2019 FTIP
  • Oct.-Dec.  2018              Anticipated FHWA approval of 2019 FTIP/ Conformity Analysis

Contact and Submittal Information

The CMAQ application packet is attached for your use. The application packet includes full information regarding complete submittal information, the types of projects that are eligible for CMAQ funding, the funding amounts available for both  Regional Bid and Lifeline applications, an example application, full instructions, and an example of the AB 1012 Council/Board/District Resolution.  Additional information and guidance documents are available on the Fresno COG’s website at under Programming > CMAQ.


For further information on eligible projects, submittal of applications or other questions related to the CMAQ program, please contact Suzanne Martinez at (559) 233-4148 ext. 240 or


General Program Guidelines
Includes summary information and guidelines regarding the Federal CMAQ program.


Emission Calculation Guidelines
All projects funded through the CMAQ program must demonstrate a positive air quality benefit. This section summarizes the methods used to calculate the cost-effectiveness and emission benefits of CMAQ projects.


CMAQ Cost-Effectiveness Policy Documentation
Includes documentation for each FTIP


Annual Reports
All agencies receiving CMAQ funds must provide an annual report to Caltrans and the Federal Highways Administration on the funding and emission reductions achieved in that year.

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