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 2019 Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Program Call for Projects process has started!




Tentative Timeline

  • July 17, 2019                  Programming Subcommittee
  • Sept. 26, 2019                COG Policy Board Approves/Initiates “Call for Projects”
  • October 2, 2019            CMAQ Workshop
  • Nov. 15, 2019                Project Submittals Due for Regional Bid (by Noon)
  • February 2020               CMAQ Scoring Committee Meeting
  • February 28, 2020         Project Submittals Due for Lifeline Applications (by COB)
  • June 2020                       Projects Programed into 2019 FTIP
  • Oct-Dec 2020                 Anticipated FHWA approval of 2021 FTIP/ Conformity Analysis

Contact and Submittal Information


The CMAQ application packet will be provided in early October 2020. The application packet will include 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 Braden Duran at (559) 233-4148 ext. 217 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.