There are many State and Federal transportation funding sources available to municipalities. To aid in the understanding of some of these programs, CRCOG has prepared a Guide to Transportation Funding Sources for Municipalities. Additional information is provided on the LOTCIP, STP-Urban, Transportation Alternatives, and Local Road Accident Reduction programs below. Information about the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement program is found at the CMAQ page.
In June 2013, Connecticut Public Act 12-239 was signed to Law, directing the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) to create a Local Transportation Capital Improvement Program (LOTCIP) with an initial annual budget of $45 million. CTDOT has subsequently developed 2013 LOTCIP program guidelines which established the program responsibilities for municipalities, planning regions, and CTDOT. LOTCIP was initiated to provide municipalities with a funding source and supplant the portion of STP-Urban funds that CTDOT is now planning to utilize for projects on State roadways. Therefore, LOTCIP eligibility requirements mirror those of the STP-Urban program, and many municipal projects previously selected for STP-Urban programming have since been transferred to the LOTCIP program. In June of 2015, the state budget allocated $74 million annually for LOTCIP in each of fiscal years 2016 and 2017. CRCOG has invited municipalities to submit LOTCIP project proposals for a 2015 solicitation.
For more information, please see the LOTCIP page or contact Rob Aloise or Mike Cipriano.
The STP-Urban program provides funds for improvements to eligible roads in urban areas. The eligibility guidelines for STP-Urban are flexible. Funds can be used for a wide range of projects including roadway widening, roadway reconstruction and transit projects, however they must be allocated to urban areas according to a formula that is based on population of the area.
Prior to 2013, CRCOG rather than the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) had primary responsibility for determining how to spend STP-Urban funds in the Capitol Region (Hartford urban area). In 2013, CTDOT helped initiate State Local Transportation Capital Improvement Program (LOTCIP) funding providing a State funding source for municipal projects with eligibility requirements mirroring that for STP-Urban projects. Since then, CTDOT envisions the STP-Urban funding as being used solely for regionally significant projects located on state roadways, with programming selection being a joint effort between CTDOT and CRCOG. Consequently, municipal projects recently selected for STP-Urban funding have been transferred to the LOTCIP program.
The funding ratio for the STP-Urban program is 80 percent federal funds requiring a 20% non-federal match.
2013 Program Solicitation:
The CRCOG 2013 STP-Urban solicitation took part in two phases:
The Phase 1 solicitation was held solely for Pavement Rehabilitation and Stand Alone Sidewalk projects. For Phase 1, CRCOG selected 3 Pavement Rehabilitation projects and 2 Stand Alone Sidewalk projects representing a total of $4,450,000 ($3,560,000 Federal Share). CRCOG expects construction funding for these projects to be available during and following Fiscal Year 2014, however many of the projects will likely transition from STP-Urban funding to the State’s new Local Transportation Capital Improvement (LOTCIP) funding program. Recommended selections and ratings detailed in a June 7, 2013 memorandum , were finalized by the Transportation Committee (acting as Policy Board) at their June 17, 2013 meeting.
The Phase 2 solicitation was held for all permitted STP-Urban projects with CRCOG reserving approximately $25,500,000 ($20,400,000 federal share) for projects and studies. For Phase 2, CRCOG selected 4 Pavement Rehabilitation projects, 2 Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects, 7 Traditional Reconstruction Projects, and 3 Projects from Rural Communities for representing a total of $24,630,000 ($19,704,000 Federal Share). Additionally, three studies were identified for possible prioritization in CTDOT’s October application process. Instead of receiving STP-Urban funding, most of the projects will likely be progressed under the LOTCIP funding program. CRCOG expects construction funding for these projects to be available during and following Fiscal Year 2015. Recommended selections and ratings detailed in an October 11, 2013 memorandum were finalized by the Policy Board at their October 23, 2013 meeting.
The 2011 Program Solicitation list of awarded projects provided below is for informational purposes only.
Contact Rob Aloise for more information on the STP-Urban program.
Local Road Accident Reduction Program
The Local Road Accident Reduction Program provides funding to lower cost safety improvements on local roads. The Council of Governments’ role in the program is to solicit proposals from the towns, conduct the initial screening of proposals, and identify those which will be forwarded to the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT). These proposals will then be evaluated by CTDOT and ranked by benefit/cost ratio.
2015 Program Solicitation:
This Program is geared toward projects with a total estimated cost between $50,000 and $500,000. Projects that exceed $500,000 will still be reviewed for benefit/cost analysis; if the project is determined to be cost effective, the Department may consider funding the project under this program.
Proposals are due to CRCOG by Monday, July 6, 2015.
Questions about the Local Road Accident Reduction Program can be directed to Cara Radzins.
Transportation Alternatives Program
The Transportation Alternatives Program is designed to help expand transportation choices and enhance the transportation experience. Federal regulations define categories of eligible activities including pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure and safety programs, scenic and historic highway programs, landscaping and scenic beautification, historic preservation, and environmental mitigation. All activities must be transportation related, but they can also support broader goals such as creating sustainable and livable communities. With the passage of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) federal transportation bill in 2012, the Transportation Alternatives Program replaced the similar STP-Enhancements program.
Beginning in 2011, the Connecticut Department of Transportation reserved half of Connecticut's STP-Enhancement Funds for bicycle and pedestrian projects to be administered by the Department. The remaining funds were allocated to the Regional Planning Organizations to program in conjunction with their member municipalities. For its share of STP-Enhancement funds, the Capitol Region Council of Governments is directly responsible for soliciting applications from member towns, reviewing and ranking the applications, and providing CTDOT with a priority listing of the recommended projects.
2011 Program Solicitation:
In October 2011, CRCOG issued a request for STP-Enhancement proposals for projects to be funded with Federal Fiscal Year 2013 through 2016 funds, which now is funded through the Transportation Alternatives Program. All interested agencies were requested to submit project applications by December 2011. A total of five projects were submitted from towns within the region. In reviewing the projects, CRCOG considered how well an application was prepared, whether all documentation was included, and how well the projects fit the eligibility requirements and general objectives of the program.
The Transportation Committee approved the CRCOG staff recommendation of having all five towns make presentations, and at the conclusion of the interview process, each project was ranked by averaging the individual ratings assigned by committee members. In February 2012, three proposals representing projects from Bloomfield, Manchester and Rocky Hill were submitted to CTDOT for funding.
The 2011 Program Solicitation and reference documents provided below are for informational purposes only.
STP-ENHANCEMENT REFERENCE MATERIALS
Contact Rob Aloise for more information on the Transportation Alternatives Program.