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The Travel Model Improvement Program (TMIP) has conducted research, provided technical assistance, and delivered training to local, regional and state transportation planning professionals since 1994. Much has changed over this period, with shifts in transport policy, advances in modeling theory, and progress in practical applications. Throughout, the TMIP has worked to advance modeling capabilities and support transportation professionals as they respond to current and future challenges. Today, the TMIP continues its mission of improving analysis practices to ensure that transportation professionals are well equipped to inform and support strategic transportation decisions.
Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) was signed into law on July 6, 2012. The bill funds surface transportation programs at over $105 billion for fiscal years (FY) 2013 and 2014. MAP-21 emphasizes performance-based approaches, and implicitly calls for improved modeling and analysis to provide consistent emphasis of future costs and benefits from proposed projects and policy innovations. The TMIP supports the FHWA's mission to meet new planning and programming requirements in MAP 21 by building planning analytical capacity among local, regional, and state agencies for selecting and performing objective analyses as part of performance based planning.
This Strategic Plan highlights the objectives of the TMIP program, as well as the strategies and planned activities outlined from May 1, 2012 to June 30, 2014 to achieve the program's vision, mission, and goals.