Transportation Air Quality

The transportation infrastructure in Southwest Michigan plays a pivotal role in upholding economic prosperity, fostering business growth, facilitating trade, boosting tourism, and enhancing the overall quality of life. Nonetheless, it is imperative to acknowledge that this very system can serve as a contributor to emissions that adversely affect regional air quality. To safeguard and promote clean air quality in the region, the Southwest Michigan Planning Commission (SWMPC) oversees two strategic transportation programs, each designed to mitigate on-road vehicle emissions: the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Program and the Carbon Reduction Program.

CMAQ Program

The Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program funds transportation projects that contribute to attainment or maintenance of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).

CMAQ is a federally funded program that supports two goals: improving air quality and relieving congestion. SWMPC administers the CMAQ program for Berrien, Cass and Van Buren Counties working with eligible road and transit agencies to develop projects that maximize improvements to air quality. When SWMPC issues a call for CMAQ projects, road and transit agencies receive an application package that includes instructions for applying, guidance for identifying eligible projects, and how candidate projects will be evaluated and ranked.

CMAQ Region Project List 2023-2026 

CMAQ Meeting Information 

Carbon Reduction Program

The Carbon Reduction Program (CRP) is a new program established by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) in 2021 that provides funding to develop projects and strategies to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from on-road vehicles.