The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) will be releasing a call for projects on January 15, 2019 for the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Program (CMAQ), Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), and the newly created STP Shared Fund. Phase 1 Engineering must be completed prior to applying – unless the sponsor listed as a hardship community based on median income, population, total tax base, and tax base per capita (Greenwood, Harvard, Hebron, Holiday Hills, McCullom Lake, and Richmond). Project sponsors designated as a hardship community must contact the Planning Liaision before submitting a project for Phase 1 Engineering funding. Additionally, several revisions to the CMAQ and TAP project evaluation criterion were approved by the CMAQ Project Selection Committee in November that incorporate the principals of ONTO 2050 and other changes. Please find below a brief description of each program.
CMAQ – Primary consideration for CMAQ projects is the cost-effectiveness of a project’s air emissions reduction. Projects typically funded are transit improvement projects, traffic flow improvements (bottleneck elimination, intersection improvements, signal interconnects), bicycle facility projects, direct emissions reduction projects, and more.
TAP – Only bicycle facility projects are eligible to receive TAP funding. The bicycle facility should serve a transportation purpose and not be solely a recreation facility. TAP does not fund maintenance or resurfacing of existing path, only the construction of new facilities.
STP Shared Fund – Only projects with a total project cost of $5 million or more or projects with at least three financially committed sponsors are eligible. Eligible project types include road reconstructions, transit station rehabilitation/reconstructions, bridge rehabilitation/reconstructions, highway/rail grade crossing improvements, road expansions, bus speed improvements, corridor-level or small area safety improvements, and truck route improvements.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) announced it will be accepting applications through March 14th for grants through the Recreational Trails Program (RTP), Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Program, and Illinois Bicycle Path Grant Programs beginning on January 14, 2019 with applications Due March 14, 2019. A summary of each program can be found here.