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Economic development - Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program

The Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program (CMAQ) is a federally funded initiative to encourage transportation alternatives that improve air quality. It includes efforts to enhance public transit, bicycle/pedestrian facilities, ridesharing programs and facilities, and technologies that improve traffic flow and vehicle emissions. CMAQ funds have been invested in a wide variety of beneficial projects that provide air quality benefits while providing alternatives to added capacity on the road network.

The $11.6 million in annual funding is available only for projects in 11 southeastern and northeastern counties that form Wisconsin's ozone non-attainment and maintenance areas.

CMAQ and economic development

CMAQ helps promote economic development in a number of ways:

  • Addresses air quality issues relating to transportation, easing potential restrictions on future development projects, 
  • Funds mobility options that are important to commuters and job providers, especially in urban areas,
  • Addresses highway congestion problems in urban areas and improve overall mobility for all travelers, and
  • Invests funds in projects such as transit stations or bicycle/pedestrian trails that also enhance community attractiveness.

Increasingly, businesses are looking at the quality of a region's transportation system when deciding where to relocate or expand. Regions with congested or poorly maintained roads may see businesses relocate to areas with a smoother, more efficient transportation system. 

Examples of recently awarded CMAQ projects

  • $352,800 award will fund a new park and ride lot facility in Kenosha County

  • $208,000 award will fund a traffic signalization improvement project involving 103 signals in the City of Milwaukee

  • $1,068,000 award will fund diesel retrofits on 44 trucks; installation of diesel oxidation catalysts on 50 heavy equipment units; provide funding for use of bio-diesel fuel and the training on “eco-driving” technique

  • $1,265,699 award will fund improved bicycle and pedestrian connections to the Hank Aaron State Trail in the redeveloping Milwaukee Menomonee River Valley area

  • $3,008,000 million award will continue a successful marketing campaign aimed at improving ridership and public awareness of transit services in southeast Wisconsin

  • $4,200,000 award to construct a 3.4 mile expansion of the current 2-mile electric streetcar system in the City of Kenosha

For more information, visit WisDOT's CMAQ Web page, or contact Tressie Kamp at (608) 266-3973.

Trail along Lake Michigan by the Milwaukee Art Museum

Path near the Milwaukee Art Museum

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