The CMAQ program (Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality) provides funding for projects that 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 (nonattainment areas) and for former nonattainment areas that are now in compliance (maintenance areas).
WATS prioritizes CMAQ applications within Washtenaw County. MDOT reviews CMAQ project for program eligibility and SEMCOG awards funding for projects in the regions. SEMCOG has announced CMAQ awards in Washtenaw County for 2017 include funding for:
Construction of a roundabout at the Nixon/Green/Dhu Varren intersection, including realignment of Dhu Varren Road and associated utilities. The roundabout design will include pedestrian facilities, on-street bike lanes with lane termini ramps, and will be designed to access transit - $782,850 CMAQ funding - $1,300,000 total cost
Purchase of three large hybrid buses for TheRide transit service. The buses will replace older buses past their useful service life - $1,565,700 CMAQ funding - $1,950,000 total cost
Congratulations to the City of Ann Arbor and The Ride on their awards. We look forward to seeing construction on the roundabout and delivery of the buses!