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CMAQ Local Mobility

Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Mobility Initiatives Program

Shuttle bus at secaucusThe NJTPA administers the Regional/Local CMAQ Initiatives Program, supported by federal CMAQ funds allocated to northern New Jersey. The purpose of this competitive program is to advance readily implementable and innovative projects and services that improve air quality and reduce congestion in the NJTPA’s air quality maintenance and non-attainment areas. Eligible activities program fall under two categories: Local Mobility Initiatives (Shuttle Services) and Transportation Clean Air Measures (TCAMs).

The Local Mobility Initiatives program, administered in partnership with NJ TRANSIT, is designed to advance transit strategies that reduce traffic, driving alone and harmful emissions. This program enables the development of financially sustainable and innovative shuttle services that provide increased opportunities for the general public to connect to major transit routes, and provide last mile connections to major destinations. This program also funds vehicle replacements for existing or expanded shuttle services.

  • Operational support

    • Available for new and expanded shuttle services

    • Reimbursement request program for costs associated with shuttle operations administered by NJ TRANSIT

    • FEDERAL Funds may be utilized for three to five years

    • Program requires a 25% local match for shuttle operations

  • Vehicle replacement support

    • Available for existing and expanding general public shuttle/shared ride services

    • Vehicles procured by NJ TRANSIT

    • NJ TRANSIT is responsible for oversight until vehicle's useful life has expired

    • No local match required for vehicle replacement

Non-shuttle projects compete for funding as Transportation Clean Air Measures (TCAMs) that will reduce pollutant emissions and congestion in the NJTPA region. Successful TCAMs will augment existing environmentally beneficial programs with new and innovative approaches, take advantage of cross-jurisdictional partnerships, have the potential to inspire or support further actions, garner public support and interest, and leverage other funding sources.

  • Proposals can include but are not limited to:

    • Diesel emissions reduction

    • Engine idle reduction

    • Traffic signal optimization

    • Intelligent transportation systems

    • Intermodal freight

    • Bicycle and pedestrian projects

    • Travel demand management

    • Public education

    • Alternative fuels and vehicles

After funds are authorized by FHWA, TCAM project sponsors have a maximum of three years to complete the project. The minimum match for projects is 20 percent from public agencies (Up to 100 percent of funding is available for certain projects subject to federal approval) and 50 percent from private firms.

How to Apply                                                                                                            
Solicitations occur every two to three years, pending funding availability. Application details will be posted to this website and electronically distributed broadly to potential NJTPA partners.

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