The Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO) is a nonprofit, membership organization established in 1994 to serve the needs and interests of metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) nationwide. Federal statutes require, as a condition for spending federal highway or transit funds in urbanized areas, the designation of MPOs. MPOs have responsibility for planning, programming and coordination of federal surface transportation investments. AMPO offers its member MPOs technical assistance and training, conferences and workshops, print and electronic communications, research, a forum for transportation policy development and coalition building, and a variety of other services. The nine-member AMPO Board of Directors is directly elected by the membership.
The Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations Research Foundation (AMPORF), a federal 501(c)(3) organization, is the educational and research foundation of AMPO. AMPORF undertakes work that improves livability and quality of life in cities through metropolitan transportation planning. AMPORF is governed by the AMPO Board of Directors.
The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) of San Diego, California, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) of San Francisco, California, the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) of Atlanta, Georgia, the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) of Seattle, Washington, the San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA) of San Francisco, California, the Southeastern Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) of Detroit, Michigan, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), the Metropolitan Council (Met Council) of the Twin Cities region, Minnesota (hereinafter collectively referred to as the “Agency Partners”) aspire to continue development of a common transportation modeling platform known as ActivitySim. The purpose of ActivitySim is to reduce the overall costs of maintenance and development of innovative new model components associated with isolated model implementations. Each MPO Partner will benefit from enhancements championed by other Agency Partners, and a common platform should expand the modeling knowledge base. The Agency Partners will further benefit from bug fixes, model enhancements, and performance improvements identified and completed by their fellow colleagues.
AMPO and the Agency Partners have committed to a governance structure and funding of a technical program to continue development of this common platform through June 30, 2023 Appendix 1 contains a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between AMPO and the Agency Partners.
Phase V of platform development is complete. AMPORF, on behalf of AMPO and the Agency Partners, has issued this Request for Proposals to establish a bench of contractors from whom AMPORF can procure services for Phase VI and subsequent phases of platform development.
To read the complete RFP: AMPO Activitysim Bench Procurement 2020 RFP FINAL (1)