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TRPC receives an annual allocation of Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) transportation grant funds through Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to support the Thurston County region’s long-range metropolitan transportation priorities. TRPC has authority to program these funds to eligible priority transportation projects, services, and planning activities that serve local communities in both the urban and rural areas.
TRPC awards and schedules the programming of projects for three grant programs that are administered by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA): (1) Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) – the largest share of funding; (2) STBG Set Aside, also known as Transportation Alternatives (TA); and (3) Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ). This section describes the grant programs’ eligible project types.
Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) - provides flexible funding that may be used by states and local agencies for projects to preserve and improve the conditions and performance on any federal-aid highway, bridge and tunnel projects on any public road, pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, and transit capital projects, including intercity bus terminals.
Eligible project types include:
For details on Implementation Guidance for the STBG Program as revised by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, visit: www.fhwa.dot.gov/specialfunding/stp/.
Transportation Alternatives STBG Set-Aside – provides funding for a variety of generally smaller-scale transportation projects such as pedestrian and bicycle facilities; construction of turnouts, overlooks, and viewing areas; community improvements such as historic preservation and vegetation management; environmental mitigation related to stormwater and habitat connectivity; recreational trails; safe routes to school projects; and vulnerable road user safety assessments.
Eligible project types include:
For details on Implementation Guidance for the TA STBG Set-Aside Program as revised by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, visit: www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/transportation_alternatives/guidance/.
Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) – funding is available to reduce congestion and improve air quality for areas that do not meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone, carbon monoxide, or particulate matter (PM) (nonattainment areas) and for former nonattainment areas that are now in compliance (maintenance areas). A nonattainment area is an area considered to have air quality worse than the National Area Air Quality Standards as defined in the federal Clean Air Act Amendments. TRPC is currently in compliance with air quality standards.
Due to the uncertainty of TRPC’s future allocation of CMAQ grant funds, TRPC has no plans to award and program funds from this grant program following the completion of the 2020 Call for Projects. TRPC may award CMAQ funds in future funding cycles depending on the region’s grant program allocations.