CMAQ Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality

The purpose of the CMAQ program is to fund transportation projects or programs that will contribute to attainment or maintenance of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone, carbon monoxide (CO), and particulate matter (both PM10 and PM2.5).

The CMAQ program supports two important goals of the U.S. Department of Transportation (Department): improving air quality and relieving congestion. The CMAQ program provides funding for a broad array of tools to accomplish these goals. By choosing to fund or sponsor a CMAQ project, a State or local government, transit agency, or other eligible project sponsor can improve air quality and make progress toward achieving attainment status and ensuring compliance with the transportation conformity provisions of the Clean Air Act (CAA).

Upcoming Projects:


Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Project - PID ******* - Lorain County Transit

City of Lorain - 5 bus route project

Project Description:

It is intended to utilize primarily CMAQ funds for the project. The City of Lorain is an urban core community, disadvantaged community, and an area of environmental justice. The City requests the assistance of the CMAQ program to reestablish the transit system in the City of Lorain. We will work with LCT and any other agencies required reaching the goal of transit in our community again. After the proposed 3 year pilot period, we plan to work with medical facilities, charitable foundations, and a possible levy to fund our transit system.

Project Map:


Project Location:

Loops Map

Project Background:

The City of Lorain lacks connectivity. Areas of interest in Lorain, like shopping centers, doctor’s offices, parks and restaurants, are clustered apart from neighborhoods. With 9% of households lacking a car, and 43% of households with only one car, many residents must find some other method to get to work, do their shopping, or socialize. 

That’s why we’re designing five new bus routes in Lorain, with the hopes of creating a sustainable public transportation system that encourages economic development and improves our residents’ quality of life. It is our desire that fewer residents feel that their only option is to buy another car, crowding our streets and poisoning our air. By keeping routes short and fares low, we intend for the convenience to attract riders and permanently change how people get around in Lorain.

The CMAQ Application packet can be viewed here: Lorain Circulator CMAQ Packet

Project Information:

Designer: TBD

Contractor: TBD

Project Manager: Pam Novak, Tiffany Barker, and the Lorain County Commissioners, Lorain County Transit

PID #: ******

Estimated Cost: $2,900,000

Proposed Construction Start date:01/01/2027

Project pilot beginning: July 2024