Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program

The Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program (CMAQ) encourages transportation projects that improve air quality. It includes efforts to enhance public transit, bicycle/pedestrian facilities, ridesharing programs and facilities, and technologies that improve traffic flow and vehicle emissions.

CMAQ funds are only available in these southeastern and northeastern Wisconsin non-attainment and maintenance counties: Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha, Waukesha, Washington, Ozaukee, Walworth, Sheboygan, Kewaunee, Manitowoc and Door.

CMAQ funding was continued pursuant to Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), the federal transportation act that was signed into law on July 6, 2012. MAP-21 provisions took effect on October 1, 2012. Generally, projects eligible for CMAQ funding pursuant to SAFETEA-LU remain eligible for funding under current legislation. MAP-21 continues to emphasize cost-effective projects, and legislation prioritizes certain projects such as those that reduce particulate matter emissions in areas of nonattainment for this criteria pollutant.

State Fiscal Year 2018-2022 Program Cycle Application

On April 07, 2017, applications for the 2018-2022 Program Cycle for CMAQ became available. The applications are due on or before June 19, 2017. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) anticipates announcing CMAQ awards sometime in spring of 2018. The department solicits applications every other year, so the next opportunity to submit application will occur in calendar year 2019.

Previous awards

Regional local program contacts

Southeast Region

Robert Schmidt
Phone: (262) 548-8789
Fax: (262) 521-4425

Northeast Region

Sandy Carpenter
Phone: (920) 492-5681
Fax: (920) 492-5711

Statewide program contact

Tanya Iverson
Phone: (608) 266-2574
Fax: (608) 266-0658

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