The local Surface Transportation Program (STP) uses a federal funding source, Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), to fund a portion of the project costs. The federal share for STP is generally 80% with a 20% local match, but is subject to the sliding scale adjustment.
FAST Act funds projects that are on a Federal-Aid Highway System with a functional classification of collector and above, bridge projects on any public road, transit capital projects, bus terminals and bus facilities. Roadways with a local road/street functional classification cannot obtain federal funding, except for bridge projects.
McHenry County Council of Mayors has a STP Project Selection & Programming Procedures document that details the Call for Projects, project application and project selection process.
The Council only provides federal STP funding for the construction phase (included construction engineering) of the project development process. Not funded and 100% the responsibility of the local agency are: Phase 1 engineering, Phase II engineering and right-of-way acquisition.
Program Management guidelines for programmed STP projects are indicated in the STP Project Selection & Programming Procedures document.
The STP program is currently undergoing substantial changes with the introduction of the proposed Active Program Management system and Regional Shared Fund. The next call for projects for the STP-L program will be January 2020 with regular calls every even year. The first call for the Regional Shared Fund will be January 2019 with regular calls every odd year. For more information on these changes, please visit CMAP’s STP Project Selection Committee website or subscribe to receive regular updates through our newsletter. Draft documents of both the Regional Shared Fund and Active Program Management are provided below.
The STP-L Marks table is created by Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) for all the councils in the region. Each council has their own mark allotment (federal money), which is based on population. The mark allotment is revised annually based on federal authorization levels and IDOT forecasting techniques. In general, CMAP assumes that the new mark allotment for the current year will be carried throughout the life of the STP-L Marks 5-year table.
The last Call for STP Projects – FFY 2017, 2018 and 2019 was released by McHenry County Council of Mayors on May 15, 2014, with applications due on August 16, 2014. The McHenry County Council of Mayors approved projects for this Call for STP Projects at their October 14, 2014, meeting.
McHenry County Council of Mayors typically releases a new Call for STP Projects every two-three years, but it depends on the council’s available STP funding levels.