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Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) Program

Program Description

CMAQ funds are intended to fund transportation projects that improve air quality. They are not eligible for through travel lanes.

Program Eligibility

An eligible project sponsor must be a local government in the Ogden/ Layton or Salt Lake/ West Valley Urbanized Area, the department of transportation, or the transit authority. Other entities interested in applying must submit a letter in cooperation with an eligible project sponsor.

Eligible Activities

Funds must be used for projects which improve air quality. Eligible projects include transportation activities in the State Air Quality Implementation Plan (SIP); construction or purchase of public transportation facilities and equipment; construction of bicycle or pedestrian facilities serving transportation needs; promotion of alternative modes, including ridesharing; Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), and certain traffic control measures, such as traffic signal coordination, intersection improvements, and incident management. The funds may not be used for major road widening.


By population formula, the federal government currently apportions approximately $2,000,000 - $3,000,000 in CMAQ funds each year to the Ogden/ Layton Urbanized Area and approximately $5,000,000 to the Salt Lake/ West Valley Urbanized Area. Funds are programmed over a six year period and applicants currently will be competing for funds available in the federal fiscal year 2024.

Letters of Intent

In order for the WFRC staff to recommend whether a sponsor should submit an application, the “Letter of Intent” must include the project name, project limits, a brief project description, the type of funds being sought, and an estimated cost. A list of all the projects appropriately submitted will be distributed to members of the Councils of Governments (COGs) and then reviewed by WFRC to determine program eligibility. Letters of Intent are due October 30, 2017 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This letter should be signed by the Mayor, Commissioner, or executive director of the sponsoring agency.


Sponsors of eligible projects will be notified and required to submit a new and/or updated “Project Evaluation Concept Report,” “Cost Estimation Form,” and “Emissions Analysis Form” for each project by January 18, 2018. These reports will be reviewed for completeness. The projects will be evaluated and scored by the WFRC staff according to the approved criteria prior to presenting information to the Technical Advisory Committees for review and recommendation. The projects and the recommendations will then be presented to the COGs for discussion and review, as well as to Trans Com for recommendation to the Regional Council.

Letter of Intent Form

Staff Contact

Ben Wuthrich