2020-2022 Federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) Grant Proposals

Public Review and Comment

The proposals are available for public review and comment beginning May 14, 2018. Comments are due to TRPC no later than 5:00 p.m. PST, Friday, May 25. Please send all comments in an email to brewstp@trpc.org or send a letter to:

Paul Brewster, Senior Planner
Thurston Regional Planning Council
2424 Heritage Court SW, Suite A
Olympia, WA 98502

Be sure to include the title of the proposal with your comment, as well as your name and address.

All comments received will be provided to TRPC policy makers for their consideration when evaluating proposals.

Summary of Proposals

TRPC will award approximately $709,000 CMAQ grant funds to projects that will start between 2020 and 2022. Three grant proposals were submitted for consideration. The applicants’ combined requests total $1,207,240. Click on the titles to view project descriptions and obtain a link to the proposal’s complete grant application. Learn more about CMAQ project eligibility.

Intercity Transit Propane-Fueled Vans for Dial-A-Lift Service $709,000
Lacey & NTPS Electrifying the Thurston County I-5 Corridor $281,990
TRPC Taming the Dragons $216,250
  TOTAL Requested $1,207,240

CMAQ Proposal Descriptions

Propane-Fueled Vans for Dial-A-Lift Service

Agency: Intercity Transit Grant Request: $709,000
Match: $143,000 Total Cost: $852,000
Phase: Vehicle Purchase Project Date: 2021-2023
Location: Dial-a-Lift Service Area

Project Overview

Dial-a-Lift (DAL) provides door-to-door transportation service for customers whose disabilities prevent them from using fixed-route service. DAL is a federally mandated (unfunded) requirement to provide ADA comparable paratransit service within a quarter mile of fixed-route service. The elimination, then severe reduction in federal funding has had a significant negative impact on our ability to fund replacement vehicles.

This project will replace 6 diesel-powered vehicles that are beyond their useful life with 6 propane-powered vehicles which will reduce PM10 emissions (diesel vs. propane) and result in a reduction of 1,285,134 pounds of carbon monoxide. Exceptional maintenance, conservative financial practices, and few grant options result in IT retaining DAL vehicles beyond their federal 7-year life-cycle and keeping them for no less than 10 years. IT provided 166,213 trips in 2016 and 170,714 in 2017. DAL has increased 21% over the last 10 years and is anticipated to grow even faster in the coming years based on age and population statistics. Funding these replacement vehicles will ensure we can continue services and do so while improving air quality in the region’s air quality maintenance area.

Link to the full project application

Electrifying the Thurston County I-5 Corridor

Agency: Lacey and North Thurston Public Schools Grant Request: $281,990
Match: $44,010 Total Cost: $326,000
Phase: Design and Construction Project Date: 2021-2023
Location: Intercity Transit Dial-A-Lift Service Area

Project Overview

In the coming years, residents will see an increase of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) on the roads, as well as PEV charging stations and other infrastructure at public and private facilities around the state. Using electricity for transportation fuel is a chance to increase the effectiveness of our energy system, reduce the use of fossil fuels, spur new technology, and reduce our carbon footprint. For information on the use of electric vehicles, see the Electric Drive WA website, a portal to information about electric vehicles in Washington State created by the Electric Vehicle Task Force.

Link to the full project application

Taming the Dragons

Agency: TRPC Grant Request: $129,750 - $216,250
Match: $33,750 Total Cost: $250,000
Phase: Program Project Date: 2021-2023
Location: State Capitol Campus

Project Overview

Despite decades of successful mobile/flexible work deployment nationwide, and several Executive Orders, Washington state agencies lag far behind in implementation. Management continues to focus on the negative: “How will I manage people I can’t see?”

Home to over 6,000 employees and headquarters of most state agencies, the Capital Campus (CC) impacts congestion on city streets and state highways. This intense outreach/education effort will target mobile/flexible work and am/pm schedule shifts. The program will focus on one‐on‐one and group interaction with top/mid‐level managers (deputy directors and their direct reports), taming the fears, and implementing robust formal programs that provide clear guidance to employees.

The Bottom Line on Telework, a 2013 Thurston region study estimated that telework among state and local government employees could reduce CO2 by 2,600‐12,800 metric tons a year (1 day/week to 3 days/week) – the greenhouse gas equivalent of planting 66,000‐328,000 trees. We anticipate proportional results for this subset.

Link to the full project application