Surface Transportation: Urban
Federal transportation legislation allocates funding assistance to various programs administered by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The Surface Transportation Program (STP) is the principle funding category for the majority of state and local highways and roads. A specific draw-down is allocated to urbanized areas over 200,000 in population, referred to as the STP: Urban Program.
The Greater Bridgeport planning region is part of the Bridgeport-Stamford urbanized area and, as an area with more than 200,000 in population, MetroCog receives an annual allocation of federal aid transportation funds. For planning and programming purposes the MetroCog and Valley Council of Governments (GBVMPO) have consolidated their respective funding allocations.
MetroCog coordinates the STP: Urban Program for its member municipalities by soliciting project proposals, reviewing proposals for eligibility, working with sponsors on preparing applications, providing technical assistance and participating in the project development process. Annually, about $5.4 million are available for STP: Urban projects. These federal funds require a 20% non-federal match, with ConnDOT and the municipal sponsor each responsible for half of the match amount.