Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) and Regional Surface Transportation (RSTP) Program Funding
In addition to managing and programming HB 2313 revenues, the Authority handles Northern Virginia’s annual programming of CMAQ and RSTP funds, which are part of the overall mix of transportation funding available to Northern Virginia. With regional collaboration in mind, the Authority’s executive director works with the Regional Jurisdiction and Agency Coordinating Committee (RJACC) to recommend the programming of more than $83 million annually for CMAQ and RSTP funded projects. NVTA’s projects recommended for CMAQ and RSTP funding are subject to approval by the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB).
The eligible projects as per the most recent federal surface transportation legislation, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA, also knowns as the “Bipartisan infrastructure Law”), along with its predecessors Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act and Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP 21), include transit, non-recreational bike and pedestrian facilities, alternate fuel projects, diesel retrofits, traffic monitoring/management/control facilities, signals, intersection improvements, intelligent transportation systems (ITS), teleworking, ride-sharing, etc. In March 2022, the NVTA recommended $23.7 million in FY2028 funding for projects for CTB approval. The allocation for FY2021-FY2028 is shown in the table below.
Allocation of CMAQ Funds
RSTP provides flexible funding to Northern Virginia, and similar regions across the country, that may be used for projects to improve and preserve conditions and performance on federal-aid highways, public bridges and tunnels, bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, and transit capital projects. In Virginia, these funds are available to Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) with populations greater than 200,000. While the NVTA is not a federally designated MPO, it fulfills this function for Northern Virginia. In March 2022, the NVTA recommended $56.9 million in FY2028 funding for projects for CTB approval. The allocation for FY2021-FY2028 is shown in the table below.
Allocation of RSTP Funds