The Travel Model Improvement Program (TMIP) was established in 1994 as a partnership of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Office of the Secretary of Transportation (OST) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to conduct research as well as deliver technical assistance and training to local, regional and state transportation planning professionals. A critical part of the TMIP program is the transfer of improved modeling, simulation and analysis technology, techniques and practices to transportation planning staff at state and local planning agencies. Recently, TMIP became the Travel Model Improvement Portal(TMIP) and now exists in conjunction with the Freight Model Improvement Portal(FMIP) through a Community of Practice (COP) portal. The TMIP website (opens new window) and resources have been updated to reflect this TMIP/FMIP collaboration. The objective of this COP is to provide an effective platform to encourage and facilitate information sharing, the exchange of ideas, and capacity building within the travel and freight modeling and planning communities. Peer review panels, webinars and other resources are available via the COP.
The TFResource and TMIP staff are working closely together to provide complimentary resources to the profession. As both efforts evolve, the collaborations and leveraging of efforts will also evolve.