The Greater Chattanooga Area Green Trips Program is a $600,000 3-year web-based program (begun prior to and continued under MAP-21) to encourage more efficient use of the existing transportation system through reduction in single-occupancy vehicle travel, with an education, incentives, and encouragement program. The federal share for CMAQ funds is governed by 23 U.S.C. 120 ($182,250 / $157,500 / $135,000 for the three years 2012-2014), a Local Match ($42,750 / $42,500 / $40,000 for the three years 2012-2014), and is expected to be completed by Nov/Dec 2015.
Under MAP-21, the CMAQ program provides a flexible funding source to State and local governments for transportation projects and programs to help meet the requirements of the Clean Air Act. Funding is available to reduce congestion and improve air quality for areas that do not meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone, carbon monoxide, or particulate matter-nonattainment areas-and for areas that were out of compliance but have now met the standards-maintenance areas. States with no nonattainment or maintenance areas may use their CMAQ funds for any CMAQ- or STP – eligible project. Under MAP-21, a State with PM 2.5 (fine particulate matter) areas must use a portion of its funds to address PM 2.5 emissions in the area.
Section 1113 of MAP-21 establishes several important changes to the CMAQ program at 23 U.S.C. 149. In addition, section 1105 of MAP-21 provides for the apportionment of funds to the CMAQ program in 23 U.S.C. 104. Authorization Levels under MAP 21: Section 1101 of MAP-21 authorizes funds for the CMAQ program and Section 1105 amends 23 U.S.C. 104(b)(4) and provides for the apportionment of funds. CMAQ investments must comply with the appropriate Federal cost principles.
A good resource on MAP‐21 and CMAQ program can be found at the Federal Highway Administration website: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/map21/
ASSURANCE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION
The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Agency (RPA) and Chattanooga-Hamilton County / North Georgia (CHCNGA) Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) do not discriminate in their programs, activities, or employment policies and procedures against qualified individuals because of race, color, national origin, sex, or handicap.
No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States shall, solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance (Rehabilitation Act of 1973 29 U.S.C. § 794).
No person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, national origin or sex be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance (Title VI of Civil Rights Act of 1964 42 U.S.C. § 2000d, and as amended, and the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987 P.I. 100.259). This includes funds received through the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), or other entities. The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Agency (RPA) further assures that every effort will be made to ensure non-discrimination in all of its programs and activities, whether or not those programs or activities are federally funded.