BALTIMORE (January 30, 2013) - The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB) is now accepting applications for vehicle emission reduction projects and programs to be funded through the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ). The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) authorized the BRTB to award up to $800,000 in CMAQ funding to eligible applicants to develop and implement transportation programs and projects that will reduce the vehicle emissions that contribute to air pollution in the Baltimore region. This is the fifth time that the BRTB will select projects for CMAQ funding.
Local jurisdictions in the Baltimore region and public-private partnerships with local jurisdictions are eligible to apply. CMAQ grants will cover up to 80 percent of the total cost for a local jurisdiction project, and up to 50 percent of the total cost for a public-private partnership project. All matches for grant amounts must be made in cash. All projects selected must be new or currently undergoing development.
Types of eligible projects include bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, bike share programs, traffic flow improvements, as well as projects such as electric vehicle infrastructure, diesel engine retrofits and clean fuel vehicles. The complete program overview and application packet are available at www.baltometro.org
Applications must be received by 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12, 2013. After a competitive review process, winning applicants will be notified in late May or early June.
The CMAQ program, which is administered by the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration, assists state and local governments in attaining federal air quality standards established by the Clean Air Act and its amendments.
The Baltimore region does not meet federal standards for ground-level ozone and fine particulate matter. Transportation is a major contributor to ozone pollution, which can make breathing difficult for anyone, especially children and the elderly. Particulate pollution is even more serious, and has been implicated in heart as well as lung problems.