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As a public agency, YVCOG develops transportation plans that transcend jurisdictional boundaries that affect the quality of life for the Yakima County area.

Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement Program

2017-2020 Call for Projects

CMAQ funds are intended to improve air quality and funds must be spent in non-attainment or maintenance areas. A non attainment area is an area formally designated by the EPA as not meeting the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) as listed in the Clean Air Act. A maintenance area is a location that was previously a non-attainment area but has since become in compliance with the NAAQS and has officially been re-designated to an attainment area by the EPA. The metropolitan Yakima Valley area, in and around the cities of Selah, Yakima, and Union Gap, are currently designated maintenance areas for both Carbon Monoxide (CO) and particulates of 10 micrometers or less (PM10).

Below are Links to documents pertinent to the CMAQ Improvement Program:

Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP)

The Unified Planning Work Program outlines how state and federal funds will be used for transportation planning purposes by the Yakima Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and the Yakima Valley Regional Transportation Planning Organization (RTPO).  Each year the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), Federal Highways Administration, and Federal Transit Administration, have emphasized areas they would like to see included in our work program.

Relevant Documents:

UPWP SFY 2016 (July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016)
UPWP SFY 2017 (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017)

Listing of Transportation Acronyms