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    New NPS Funding Opportunities

    Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement Program Funding  — March 2014.  The Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program, jointly administered by the FHWA and FTA, is a potential funding source for NPS transit systems. NPS transit managers seeking funding to support or expand transit service may consider working with State, regional and local partners to identify opportunities to suggest projects for CMAQ funding. This bulletin details the CMAQ program, project eligibility requirements, and how NPS staff can engage with State, regional, and local partners to apply for CMAQ funding. Download the FHWA CMAQ Fact Sheet. For more about the FHWA's CMAQ program, go to

    Alternative Funding Opportunities For NPS Transit March 2014. This summary fact sheet discusses funding changes to MAP-21 that impact NPS transit systems. A more detailed paper can be found below, Alternative Funding Opportunities for National Park Service Transit. Download as a .pdf.


    Alternative Funding Opportunities for National Park Service Transit January 2014. Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (Public Law 112-141 or “MAP-21”), the Federal surface transportation law enacted in 2012, and other changes are expected to reduce funding for National Park Service (NPS) transit systems by approximately 28 percent. This paper discusses potential opportunities for NPS to work with state and local partners to obtain funding for transit systems through Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) programs that have not been traditional funding sources for NPS. Download Alternative Funding Opportunities for National Park Service Transit (full report) as a .pdf.

    Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP)  — August 2013.  Under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), enacted in July 2012, Congress restructured the former “Transportation Enhancement” activities by eliminating selected eligible activities and combining some programs. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) provides Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funding to States and MPOs by statutory formula. Federal land management agencies, including the National Park Service, are eligible participants for TAP funding. Click here to learn more about the Transportation Alternative Program. For explanatory TAP Appendices, click here.

    NPS Transportation Innovative Finance Options  — May 2013.  John A Volpe National Transportation Systems Center.This paper provides a summary of innovative transportation finance techniques and discusses their applicability to the National Park Service (NPS). The primary finding of this analysis is that the NPS has already implemented innovative finance techniques, including most of the mechanisms that are legally authorized and relevant to its mission. The deployment of additional innovative financing techniques would require congressional support and legislation, and in some cases would require state and local government support for such methods as value capture. The paper notes that most innovative finance techniques afforded to state and local governments are not applicable to federal agencies.

    Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP)March 2013. National Park units and partners have the opportunity to partner with State and local governments for projects eligible under the FLAP program. To receive NPS support, projects must be aligned with Department of the Interior priorities and be endorsed by the NPS regional and WASO transportation offices. For more information, see the Federal Lands Access Program — How To Get Started. To read the announcement from the Secretary of the Interior for the FLAP program, click here.


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    • Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program

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