NOACA receives approximately $51 million annually in funds from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), and the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to allocate to projects in its five counties. The NOACA Board of Directors determines which transportation improvement projects will receive federal funds in the NOACA region.
NOACA distributes this funding through the following programs:
- Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ): CMAQ funds can only be used for projects that help reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality. They may be used for traffic signal upgrade projects, bus replacements, bike facilities, intelligent transportation system improvements, transit center and Park-N-Ride construction – and for conducting NOACA’s Air Quality Program. NOACA is part of Ohio’s Statewide Urban CMAQ Committee (OSUCC), which determines annual fund distribution for this program. Once projects are recommended for CMAQ funding by the NOACA Board of Directors, final funding decisions are made by OSUCC.
- Enhanced Mobility for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program (Section 5310): The Enhanced Mobility for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities (Section 5310) program provides capital and operating grants to assist private non-profit corporations and public agencies who offer coordinated transportation services that are planned, designed, and carried out to meet the needs of seniors and individuals with disabilities in the Cleveland Urbanized area.
- Surface Transportation Block Grant Program (STBG): FHWA funds which are the most flexible and may be applied to road and bridge projects, transit projects, bikeways and planning. NOACA will NO LONGER process project applications for NOACA-administered Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) funds for amendment to the NOACA Long Range Transportation Plan (Plan) or Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) on a quarterly basis.
- Technical Assistance: NOACA’s Technical Assistance (TA) Program offers NOACA staff planning expertise on community-based multimodal transportation projects. The program improves the safety, efficiency, and preservation of the transportation system for all users, and improves the quality of life in the region.
- Transportation Alternatives (TA): FHWA funds that are used for programs and projects that include pedestrian and bicycle facilities, safe routes for non-drivers, community improvement activities, and environmental mitigation. TA funds can also be used for recreational trail program projects, safe routes to school projects, and projects for planning, designing, or constructing boulevards and other roadways largely in the right-of-way of former Interstate System routes or other divided highways. NOACA will NO LONGER process project applications for NOACA-administered Transportation Alternative (TA) funds for amendment to the NOACA Long Range Transportation Plan (Plan) or Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) on a quarterly basis.
- Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative (TLCI): The TLCI program consists of two components: the planning grant and the implementation grant. The planning grant component helps local partners fund planning studies that can lead to improvements to transportation systems and the neighborhoods they support. The planning grant program has led to dozens of completed studies over the past decade.
View NOACA’s Funding Resource Guide for additional funding programs for transportation and environmental projects.