Notice of Funding Availability:

Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) and

Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ)


The Greater Buffalo-Niagara Regional Transportation Council (GBNRTC), the Metropolitan Planning Organization for Erie and Niagara Counties, would like to announce that $100 million has become available to support bicycle, pedestrian, multi-use path and transportation-related projects and programs that help meet the requirements of the Clean Air Act.

These funds, made available to the State through the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and administered by NYSDOT, are provided through the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP - $56M) and the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ - $44M).

These funds represent 2 years of funding and are subject to federal appropriation.


TAP funds a variety of transportation related projects which increase options for non-vehicular transportation including:

  • Planning, design and construction of infrastructure related projects to improve non-driver safety and access to public transportation and enhanced mobility
  • Construction of turnouts, overlooks and viewing areas
  • Safe Routes to School (enables and encourages children to walk or bike to school)
  • Planning, design and construction of on-road and off-road facilities for pedestrians, bicyclists and nonmotorized transportation users
  • Conversion and use of abandoned railroad corridors for trails for pedestrians, bicyclists and nonmotorized transportation users
  • Planning, design, and construction of boulevards and other roadways largely in the right-of-way of former divided highways
  • Community improvement activities and environmental mitigation projects if they are a component of a project that is eligible under one of the above primary funding categories


CMAQ funds transportation projects which reduce vehicle emissions and/or traffic congestion in designated areas that do not meet, or previously did not attain National Ambient Air Quality Standards. Eligible activities include:

  • Pedestrian and bicycle facility improvements
  • Travel demand management/rideshare programs
  • Congestion reduction and traffic flow improvements
  • Transit improvements, including limited operating support for new services
  • Freight intermodal operational improvements
  • Development of alternative fuel infrastructure and clean vehicle deployment projects


Project sponsors must submit an application for proposed TAP-CMAQ projects detailing the scope, benefits, schedule and costs. A highly-recommended Application Pre-Review process is available to sponsors who choose to have NYSDOT review and provide feedback on their project application(s).

All applicants must attend a 2018 TAP-CMAQ Informational Workshop

Important dates:

  • Pre review application submissions due June 28th
  • Final application submission due August 16th


The TAP-CMAQ project award shall be no less than $250,000 and no greater than $5.0 million for any single project. Eligible project costs may include planning, design/engineering services, right-of-way acquisition, construction and construction inspection. CMAQ projects may include public outreach and education costs; and operating assistance for new transit services for up to five years.

Any costs beyond an authorized project award shall be the sole responsibility of the project sponsor. NYSDOT will provide up to 80 percent of the total eligible project costs with a minimum 20 percent match provided by the project sponsor.

TAP and CMAQ candidate projects will be evaluated on their ability to meet eligibility criteria and their rank in a data driven scoring process conducted by subject matter experts.

Full details and support documentation for both programs are available at:


The NYSDOT Regional Local Project Liaison is available to answer any questions and provide guidance to applicants:

James Cuozzo
100 Seneca Street
Buffalo, NY 14203

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