Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ)

This page last reviewed November 20, 2017

The Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program is the primary element of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) for reducing motor vehicle air pollution. California has made good progress in improving air quality, but still has much work to do to meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).

The ARB believes that the first and foremost priority for CMAQ funds should be cost-effective clean air strategies that implement the transportation and motor vehicle provisions of the State Implementation Plan (SIP). For this reason, cost-effectiveness should be the primary criterion in CMAQ project selection. This will assure that public health benefits of the CMAQ program are maximized and continuation of the program is justified.

Please visit the California Department of Transportation Website on the CMAQ Program for more information.

If you have questions, please contact Nesamani Kalandiyur at (916) 324-0466.