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FHWA Environmental Programs Support State and Local Smart Growth Policies

Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ)

Over $29 billion has been spent on 28,000 Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement projects since 1992.

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Cleaner Vehicles and Fuels will result in continued vehicle emission reductions despite increases in travel.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs

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Funding for bicycle/pedestrian projects has increased from $17 million in 1991 to over $790 million in 2011. Source: The amount exceded $1 billion in 2009 and 2010 with funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Environmental stewardship ensures that growth is mindful of the environment.


Ecosystem and habitat conservation

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Since 1996, transportation projects have provided a net gain of over 20,000 acres of wetlands on a program-wide basis.

Wetland and Natural Habitat Mitigation

Watershed-Based Planning

Communities and the environment are being protected and enhanced by FHWA programs.

Updated: 5/14/2014
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