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2021 Congestion Mitigation and Qir Quality Program & Highway Improvement Program.
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As part of the development of the new 2021 FTIP, staff is initiating a “call for projects” to accept new Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Program for funding consideration. The purpose of the CMAQ program is to fund projects which reduce the region’s non-attainment pollutants to address transportation air quality. Staff encourages all applicants to consider leveraging local or other grant funds with CMAQ. In addition, utilizing CMAQ for construction simplifies the project delivery process through Caltrans.
Draft CMAQ Programming Schedule:
  • Applications Due: November 5, 2020
  • BCAG TAC Meeting: November 5, 2020
  • Draft Recommendations to BCAG TAC: December 3, 2020
  • Draft Recommendations to BCAG Board: December 10, 2020 and or January 28, 2021
  • New projects incorporated into 2021 FTIP Process with adoption on February 25, 2021
Caltrans has provided BCAG with new funding estimates to be used in the 2021 FTIP. These estimates do not account for existing projects already programmed. The programming levels for BCAG are:
  • 2020/21: $1,940,418 (Approximately $1,540,000 is currently programmed)
  • 2021/22: $1,939,816
  • 2022/23: $1,939,202
  • 2023/24: $1,938,575
           Total: $7,758,011
Based on the apportionments being made available and accounting for existing projects, the amount available for new projects is approximately $6.2 million. Federal guidance on the CMAQ program has been posted at:
Highway Improvement Program – Call for Projects
Staff is also initiating a “call for projects” for the Highway Improvement Program (HIP).  This process will follow the same process and schedule as the CMAQ. As part of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act legislation authorized by Congress, the HIP program was created to fund projects to address needs on the federal-aid system.
Eligible work for the HIP program is defined in Title 23 USC 133(B)(1)(A); e.g. construction of highways (federal-aid system roads), bridges and tunnels. Typical activities include environmental, design, right-of-way and construction. No projects on roads classified as a local road or rural minor collector unless:
  • On a federal-aid highway system on January 1, 1991
  • For bridges (except new bridge at new location)
  • Approved by the secretary
It is not known if this program will continue as part of the reauthorization of the FAST Act. The HIP program authorized three years of funding for the following fiscal years:
  • 2017/18: $570,696
  • 2018/19: $804,070
  • 2019/20: $233,443
               Total: $1,608,209
Rural Minor Collectors are not HIP eligible and are differentiated from Urban Minor Collectors (HIP eligible) using the latest Census Maps. In addition, the project would be required to be included in the RTP/SCS and programmed in the FTIP. Additional guidance information has been posted by Caltrans at:
Staff will work the CMAQ and HIP programs into the development of the 2021 FTIP through in accordance with the adopted Public Participation Plan.  Draft project recommendations will be presented to the BCAG Board at their December 10, 2020 BCAG Board meeting. Projects selected for programming will be included in the adoption of the 2021 FTIP.  The application forms for new projects are modified PPR (Project Programming Request) XL forms with basic project description, schedule and costs by fiscal year.  These files will be posted and emailed directly to public works staff. CMAQ projects are required to include an emissions analysis.  All projects in the FTIP are required to be financially reasonable through completion.
2021 FTIP Development Schedule
Draft 2021 FTIP Project Listing presented to TAC
October 1, 2020
Due date for comments on the Draft listing by project sponsors
October 18, 2020
Preliminary 2021 FTIP to BCAG TAC (without CMAQ/HIP)
November 5, 2020
Final Draft to BCAG TAC (Draft CMAQ/HIP Recommendations)
December 3, 2020
Draft 2021 FTIP to BCAG Board (With Draft CMAQ & HIP Recommendations)
December 10, 2020
30 day Public Review Period formally begins
January 25, 2021
Final Draft 2021 FTIP to BCAG Board – Public Hearing
January 28, 2021
Final BCAG TAC Review
February 4, 2021
30 Day Review Period Concludes
February 23, 2021
BCAG Board Approval
February 25, 2021
BCAG Submittal of Final Approved FTIP to Caltrans
March 1, 2021
Approval of Federal Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (FSTIP) by Caltrans and submittal to FHWA\FTA for their approval
April 1, 2021
FSTIP Federal Approval
April 16, 2021