BRTB (Baltimore Regional Transportation Board) Press Release

Contact: Barbara Herron, 410-732-9564  

BRTB Accepting Applications to Fund Projects 
to Reduce On-Road Vehicle Emissions
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

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. 

For more information about the CMAQ program, visit or contact Sara Tomlinson at 410-732-0500 x1035 or 

Working to improve the quality of life in the Baltimore region.

The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB) is the federally-recognized Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for transportation in the Baltimore region. The Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC) staff provides technical and staff support to the BRTB. BMC is the organization of the region's elected executives who are committed to identifying regional interests and developing collaborative strategies, plans and programs which will improve the quality of life and economic vitality throughout the region.


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 Barbara Herron
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