In addition to the Surface Transportation Program programmed through the Northwest Council of Mayors
and the North Shore Council of Mayors
, there are a number of other fund sources available to municipalities for transportation projects:
Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality
The Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement Program is a federally-funded program of surface transportation improvements designed to improve air quality and mitigate congestion. The program is administered by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP). To find out more about the program click here.
Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program
The Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) provides funding for community based projects that expand travel choices and enhance the transportation experience by improving the cultural, historic, aesthetic and environmental aspects of our transportation infrastructure. To find out more about the program click here.
Illinois Safe Routes to School
The Illinois Safe Routes to School Program (SRTS) is administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). The Illinois SRTS Program supports projects and programs that enable and encourage walking and bicycling to and from school. The program applies to schools serving grades Kindergarten through 8th grade. Illinois Safe Routes to School funds both infrastructure improvements to the physical environment as well as non-infrastructure projects. Eligible project sponsors include schools and school districts, governmental entities and non-profit organizations. Projects may be organized on a variety of jurisdictional levels. To find out more about the program click here.
Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Illinois Bicycle Path Program
The Illinois Bicycle Path Grant Program was created in 1990 to financially assist eligible units of government acquire, construct, and rehabilitate public, non-motorized bicycle paths and directly related support facilities. Grants are available to any local government agency having statutory authority to acquire and develop land for public bicycle path purposes. To find out more about the program click here.
RTA Planning, Operating, and Capital Funding Programs
RTA has four funding programs for municipalities and transit providers to provide planning, operating, and capital funds for transit projects. To find out more about these funding opportunities click here.