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TEA-21 Information Exchange Meetings on the
Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) recently issued Interim Guidance on the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) under the recently authorized Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21). Final Guidance will be developed this fall after conducting an outreach process with key constituent groups. In addition, a Federal Register notice will be issued shortly and will invite input on the Final Guidance from all interested parties.

FHWA and FTA are soliciting input on the Interim Guidance (see http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment) on specific areas of eligibility as well as overall implementation of the CMAQ program. Attached are specific questions on new flexibilities in the CMAQ program that will be included in the Federal Register Notice. We plan to focus on the questions during the first half of the information exchange session and to listen to comments on any element of the CMAQ program during the second half of the meeting.

Location, Date and Contacts:

The information exchange meeting on the CMAQ program will be held on Thursday, October 1, 1998, from 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. This meeting is being hosted by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and will be held in Room #383 of the Hall of States, 444 North Capitol Street, N.W., Washington, DC.

Should you have any questions on this session, please contact Phillis Johnson-Ball of FHWA at 202-366-5448 or Abbe Marner of FTA at 202-366-4317. We look forward to hearing your thoughts on the CMAQ program and are confident that valuable input from State DOTs, MPOs, and transit agencies will result from this session.

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Attendance.The FHWA and the FTA have invited the participation of individuals and organizations with a known interest in the CMAQ program. There are a limited number of additional spaces available. If you wish to attend the meeting, please call one of the above contacts to register for one of the remaining available places on a first come basis.


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