Skip to content U.S. Department of Transportation/Federal Highway AdministrationU.S. Department of Transportation/Federal Highway Administration
Office of Planning, Environment, & Realty (HEP)

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.

Photo: woman getting on a bus

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

Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs

Photo: two men, one on a bicycle

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

Photo: large pink to mauve compound flowers in forground, forest trimmed road in background.Photo showing rock, native plants and wildflowers, and water.

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
HEP Home Planning Environment Real Estate
Federal Highway Administration | 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE | Washington, DC 20590 | 202-366-4000

All Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) information technology systems will be unavailable, Friday, December 2, at 10:00 p.m. to Sunday, December 04, at 11:59 p.m., EDT, while work is being performed on the network. During that time, users will not be able to access any FHWA systems.

If you have any questions or problems, please contact the 5-Help Service Center @ (866) 466-5221 or