CMAQ Rule Simplification May Free up Millions in Funding for Clean Fuels and Vehicles

As appeared in ACT News

The Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) program provides millions of dollars of funding across the country for clean vehicle projects. CMAQ was created in 1992 following passage of the federal Clean Air Act (CAA). The program is designed to reduce air pollution from transportation sources, primarily by reducing traffic congestion and single passenger car travel in urban areas. However, alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) always have been explicitly eligible for funding, but unfortunately, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) policy under the Trump Administration has eliminated funding for AFVs. On a positive note, a simplification of bureaucratic rules could change this and get CMAQ funding moving once again.

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