MPOs have been developing and implementing improvements to traditional travel forecasting methods in response to legislative and regulatory requirements. While federal programs have been established to provide advanced ‘state-of-the-art’ forecasting models, such methods are still largely at the research and development stage, and are not yet available to assist MPOs in the immediate challenges they face.
The mission of the AMPO Travel Modeling Work Group is to promote and share the travel forecasting methods presently being implemented at MPOs, to develop guidelines for defining acceptable standards and practice, and to identify high priority research and development needs.
The Work Group has provided a forum since 2002 in which modeling improvements under development by research agencies or individual MPOs can be shared, with the goal of incorporating proven improvements into standard MPO practice as expeditiously as possible. The group meets approximately twice a year in person and routinely conducts additional discussion through conference calls and emails.