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TMIP works collaboratively with the transportation modeling community to improve information sharing and support the best available tools, data and methods. TMIP's Peer Review Program provides an agency the opportunity to elicit recommendations for addressing its current modeling challenges and those expected to arise due to growth and/or transportation policy changes. Peer reviews are customized to meet the specific needs of the host agency, but generally consist of the following elements:
While a peer review offers significant benefits, there are some responsibilities the host agency must assume. A clear understanding of the peer review program and process is critical before an agency should elect to apply for and subsequently host a peer review. The agency should at a minimum consider a number of self-assessment questions to determine whether a review is appropriate.
The TMIP Peer Review Process Guide provides a roadmap for host agencies that are considering whether to convene a TMIP sponsored peer review. The process guide is designed to help agencies:
The TMIP Peer Review Process Guide is available at:
|A peer review is:||A peer review is not:|
|An objective assessment of the model with respect to the state of the practice and the modeling goals of the agency.||A rubber stamp that can be used to "prove" that the model is sufficient|
|A tool to help the agency decide how to proceed in model improvement activities.||A regulatory activity. Peer panelists do an objective assessment of the model; they do not provide an official commentary on the adequacy of the model.|
|An opportunity for all attendees to expand their professional network.||A review meant to address only FTA New Starts modeling requirements without additional substantive goals.|
|An educational opportunity for all attendees to learn from each other.||Free consultant services. Peer panelists volunteer their time. Host agencies should be mindful of this so they do not ask too much from panelists|
"I would highly recommend involvement in the program. Small agencies with limited technical capabilities are likely to greatly benefit from the program." – Jeff Gilbert, Cache County MPO
"It is recommended that any large agency/MPO with a complex region take advantage of this program. The larger MPOs with complex and diverse transportation region will benefit most from this program." – Sangeeta Bhowmick, NYMTC
Expert peer review panel members volunteer their time. The panel members are critical to the success of the Peer Review Program and provide practitioners with a unique opportunity to shape the advancement of modeling practices, while participating in a valuable peer networking and knowledge sharing experience. Interested in volunteering? Please contact us.
TMIP periodically performs an in-depth assessment and evaluation of the Peer Review Program to identify the common trends, themes and challenges faced by state departments of transportation (DOTs) and metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) in the development, application and improvement of their travel modeling tools and procedures. The most recent assessment was conducted in December 2011 and yielded the following key findings:
Thirty-eight (38) peer reviews at thirty-two (32) different agencies have been convened since the Peer Review Program was inaugurated in 2003. Hyperlinks in the list jump to individual agency peer review reports. Peer review final reports.
AMATS Anchorage Metro Area Transp. Solutions
ADOT Arizona Dept. of Transp.
AMBAG Associated Monterey Bay Area Gov'ts
ARC Atlanta Regional Commission
BMC Baltimore Metropolitan Council
BRC Bi-State Regional Commission
CMPO Cache MPO
CAMPO Capitol Area MPO
CHCNGA-TPO Chattanooga-Hamilton County/North Georgia TPO
CCMPO Chittenden County MPO
COMPASS Community Planning Association
DRCOG Denver Regional Council of Gov'ts
DVRPC Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
DMPO Dixie MPO
ECIA East Central Intergovernmental Association
EWGCG East-West Gateway Council of Gov'ts
GDOT Georgia Department of Transp.
IaDOT Iowa Dept. of Transp.
MATA Memphis Area Transit Authority
MAPA Metropolitan Area Planning Agency
MTC Metropolitan Transp. Commission
NYMTC New York Metropolitan Transp. Council
NCDOT North Carolina Dept. of Transp.
NJTPA North Jersey Transp. Planning Authority
OKI Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Council of Gov'ts
PPACG Pikes Peak Area Council of Gov'ts
SACOG Sacramento Area Council of Gov'ts
SFCTA San Francisco County Transp. Authority
SCAG Southern California Association of Gov'ts
SEMCOG Southeast Michigan Council of Gov'ts
SANDAG San Diego Association of Gov'ts
TRPC Thurston Regional Planning Council