|U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
|Subject:||INFORMATION: Congestion Mitigation and
Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program:
Summary of FY 2000 Activities
|Date:||June 15, 2004|
|From:||James M. Shrouds
Director, Office of Natural and Human Environment, FHWA
Director, Office of Human and Natural Environment, FTA
|To:||FHWA Division Administrators
Federal Lands Highway Division Engineers
FTA Regional Administrators
Attached is a summary of ninth-year activities that were funded under the CMAQ program in fiscal year (FY) 2000. This report was developed by the Office of Natural and Human Environment in consultation with FTA. The following report summarizes FHWA's review and analysis of CMAQ information and data collected from all 50 States plus the District of Columbia. Major findings include:
The nationwide obligation rate of CMAQ funds rose to 107 percent in FY 2000, up from 75.5 percent in FY 1999, a 42 percent increase. There was an increase in dollars obligated from $1.14 billion to $1.76 billion, or 54 percent.
The percentage of CMAQ funds obligated for transit was higher than that of any other category in FY 2000. The total CMAQ funds obligated toward transit accounted for 52.2 percent of the total amount of funds obligated nationwide, a very slight increase in CMAQ share from FY 1999 (from 51.6 percent to 52.2 percent). Traffic flow improvement projects were the second largest category at 27.9 percent, up from 23 percent in FY 1999.
For other CMAQ funding categories, including demand management, shared ride, pedestrian/bicycle, Surface Transportation Program/CMAQ, and I/M and other TCMs, obligations represented approximately 20 percent of overall CMAQ obligations and a 14 percent increase in dollars from FY 1999.
In FY 2000, approximately 74 percent of CMAQ-funded proposals reported emissions benefits. Of these, 1,092 proposals out of a total of 1,631 (67 percent) submitted had performed a quantitative analysis for volatile organic compounds (VOC), a precursor to ozone, to demonstrate emission benefits. This is up from 62 percent in FY 1999 and up from 59 percent in FY 1998.
Also, in FY 2000, approximately 950 of the funded proposals (58 percent) had performed a quantitative analysis for nitrogen oxides, 549 of the funded proposals (34 percent) had performed a quantitative analysis for carbon monoxide, and 136 of the funded proposals (8 percent) had performed a quantitative analysis for PM-10.
The Fiscal Management Information System data used by FHWA in tracking Federal-aid obligations by State compare very favorably (within 1 percent accuracy) with the total cumulative obligations reported by States in their CMAQ annual reports for FY 2000.
Copies of this report have been distributed to all FTA regional offices and FHWA resource centers, and to each of the FHWA division offices. We ask your assistance in further disseminating this report to other interested parties including metropolitan planning organizations, and other interested parties upon request.
cc: Directors of Field Services