Common Transportation and Planning Acronyms and Abbreviations

A - B
AASHTO American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
AATA Ann Arbor Transportation Authority
ACTS American Coalitions for Traffic Safety
ADA Americas with Disabilities Act
ADT Average Daily Traffic
AET Auto Exhaust Testing
AG Attorney General
AICP American Institute of Certified Planners
ANSI American National Standards Institute
APA American Planning Association
APBP Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals
APCC Air Pollution Control Commission
APTA American Public Transit Association
ASCE American Society of Civil Engineers
AWQB Area wide Water Quality Board
BIDS Business Improvements Districts
BLD MI III Build Michigan III
BRRP Bridge Replacement Rehabilitation Program
BTS Bureau of Transportation Statistics
C - D
CAAA Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990

Central Business District

CBI Coordinated Boarder Infrastructure Program (replaces TEA-21 Coordinated Border Infrastructure discretionary program)
CDL Commercial Drivers License
CE CAtegorical Exclusion (for environmental issues)
CEQ Council on Environmental Quality
CES Council on Environmental Strategy
CMAQ Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvements Program
CMS Congestion Management System
CMSA Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area (replaces SMSA)
CO Carbon Monoxide
CO2 Carbon Dioxide
COG Council of Governments
CONRAIL Consolidated Rail Corporation
CPI Consumers Price Index
CRAM County Road Association of Michigan
CTF Comprehensive Transportation Fund
CTPP Comprehensive Transportation Planning Package (U.S. Census)
DDA Downtown Development Authority
DDOT Detroit Development Authority
DEMO Congressional High Priority of Demonstration Project
DNR (Michigan) Department of Natural Resources
DOE (U.S.) Department of Energy
DOT (U.S.) Department of Transportation
DPW Department of Public Works
DUI Driving Under the Influence (of alcohol or drugs)
E - G
E&H Elderly and Handicapped
EA Environmental Assessment
EDA (U.S.) Economic Dev elopement Administration
EDC Economic Development Corporation
EDFA Transportation Economic Development Fund, Category A (Economic Development - state and federal funds)
EDFC Transportation Economic Development Fund, Category C (Congestions - state and federal funds)
EDFD Transportation Economic Development Fund, Category D (Rural Roads - state and federal funds)
EDFF Transportation Economic Development Fund, Category F (Cities in Rural Counties - state and federal funds)
EIS Environmental Impact Statement
EJ Environmental Justice
EPA (U.S.) Environmental Protection Agency
EPE Early Preliminary Engineering or Design
FAA Federal Aviation Administration of U.S. Dot
FARS Fatal Accident Reporting System
FOIA Freedom of Information Act
FONSI Finding of No Significant Impact
FTA Federal Transit Administration
FY Fiscal Year
GA General Assembly of SEMCOG
GAO (U.S.) General Accounting Office
GF General Fund
GI Grade Inspection (part of federal plan approval for construction)
GIS Geographic Information System
H - L
HAZMAT Hazardous Materials
HMTA Hazardous Materials Transportation Act
HB House Bill (State)
HC Hydrocarbons
HCM Highway Capacity Manual
HCMA Huron/Clinton Metropolitan Authority
HOV High Occupancy Vehicle
HPMS Highway Performance Monitoring System
HPP High Priority Project (congressional earmarks)
HR House Resolution (U.S. Bill)
HSIP Highway Safety Improvement Program
HUD (U.S.) Department of Housing and Urban Development
ICC Interstate Commerce Commission
IDC Industrial Development Corporation
IDG Industrial Development Group
IM Interstate Maintenance Funds
I/M Inspection and Maintenance (of vehicle pollution control devices)
ITE Institute of Transportation Engineers
ITS Intelligent Transportation Systems
ISTEA Inter modal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991
K or KM Kilometers
KG Kilograms
LDFA Local Development Finance Authority
LOS Level of Service
LRP Long Range Transportation Plan (20 year planning horizon)
M MDOT Funds
MAC Metropolitan Affairs Corporation
MAC Michigan Aeronautics Commission
MAC Michigan Association of Counties
MAP Michigan Association of Planning
MAR Michigan Association of Regions
MBE Minority Business Enterprises
MCD Minor Civil Division (as used in the U.S. Census)
MDEQ Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
MDNR Michigan Department of Natural Resources
MDOC Michigan Department of Commerce
MDOT Michigan Department of Transportation
MDPH Michigan Department of Public Health
MEA Michigan Energy Administration
MEPA Michigan Environmental Protection Act
MESC Michigan Employment Security Commission
MMBA Michigan Municipal Bond Authority
MML Michigan Municipal League
MOA Memorandum of Agreement
MOU Memorandum of Understanding
MPO Metropolitan Planning Organization
MTA Michigan Township Association
MTF Michigan Transportation Fund
MTRB Michigan Transportation Research Board
MSA Metropolitan Statistical Area
MSHDA Michigan State Housing Development Authority
MSP Michigan Society of Planning
MTC Michigan Technology Council
MTF Michigan Transportation Fund
MTPA Michigan Transportation Planning Association (previously 3C Directors Association)
(M) MUTCD (Michigan) Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices
N - Q
N20 Nitrous Oxide
NAAQS National Ambient Air Quality Standards
NARC National Association of Regional Councils
NACo National Association of Counties
NCHRP National Cooperative Highway Research Program
NEPA National Environmental Policy Act
NFC National Functional Classification (federally funded road system)
NHI National Highway Institute
NHS National Highway System
NHTSA National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NOx Nitrogen Oxide
NPTS Nationwide Personal Transportation Survey
NRC Natural Resources Commission (policy body of the MDNR)
NSC National Safety Council
NTACS Nationwide Truck Activity Survey
NTD National Transit Database
NTS National Transportation Statistics
NTSB National Transportation Safety Board
O/D Origin and Destination (survey)
O3 Ozone
OHSP Office of Highway Safety Planning
OMB (U.S.) Office of Management and Budget
OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Administration
PA Public Act
PE Preliminary Engineering
PE Professional Engineer
PL 112 FHWA Planning Funds
PMS Pavement Management System
PNRS Projects of National or Regional Significance
PPB Parts Per Billion
PM 2.5 Particulate Matter 2.5 microns and smaller
PPM Parts Per Million
PPP Public Participation Plan
PR Primary Rate
R - S
RDF Regional Development Forecast
RFB Request for Bids
RFP Request for Proposals
RFQ Request for Quotations
ROW Right-Of-Way
RPC Regional Planning Commission
RRC Resource Recovery Commission of the MDNR
RTOR Right Turn On Red
RTP Regional Transportation Plan
S Senate Bill (U.S.)
SA Special Assessment
SAF Small Area Forecast
SAFETEA-LU Safe, Accountable, Flexible and Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users of 2005
SB Senate Bill (State)
SBRP State Bridge Repair Program
SCCOTS St. Clair County Transportation Study
Section 5307 FTA Urban Formula Capital Transit Funding Program (formerly Section 3)
Section 5309 FTA Discretionary Capital Transit and Rail Modernization Funding Program
Section 5310 FTA Funds for Rural Service for Elderly and Disabled Persons
Section 5311 FTA Non-urban Formula Capital Transit Funding Program (formerly Section 18)
SEM Southeast Michigan including Livingston, Washtenaw, Oakland, Wayne, Monroe, St. Clair and Macomb
SEMCOG Southeast Michigan Council of Governments
SHPO State Historic Preservation Office
SIC Standard Industrial Classification
SIP State Implementation Plan (for air quality)
SLRP State Long Range Plan (for transportation)
SMART Suburban Mobility Authority - Regional Transportation (replaced SEMTA)
SMS Safety Management System
SMSA Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area (obsolete designation)
SOV Single Occupancy Vehicle
SRRP State Critical Bridge Program
SR2s or SRTS Safe Routes to School program
SSAM Sewer Service Area Map
STEP Surface Transportation - Environmental Cooperative Research Program
STIP State Transportation Improvement Program
STRRD Surface Transportation Research, Development and Deployment Program
STPC Surface Transportation Program, Category C (Small Cities)
STPE Surface Transportation Program, Category E (Enhancement)
STPF Surface Transportation Program, Category F (Flexible)
STPP Surface Transportation Policy Project
STPR Surface Transportation Program, Category R (Rural)
STPS Surface Transportation Program, Category S (Safety)
STPU Surface Transportation Program, Category U (Urban)
STPUAC Surface Transportation Program Urban Advance Construct
T - U
TAC Transportation Advisory Council (SEMCOG)
TAZ Traffic Analysis Zone
TCM Transportation Control Measure
TCP Transportation Control Plan
TDM Transportation Demand Management
TEA21 Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century of 1998
TEDF (A, D or F) Transportation Economic Development Fund (State of Michigan)
TFM Traffic Flow Management
TIF Tax Increment Financing
TIP Transportation Improvement Program
3-C Comprehensive, Continuing and Coordinated planning
TIFA Tax Increment Financing Authority
TIGER Topological Integrated Geographic Encoding & Referencing
TMA Transportation Management Area
TOD Transit Oriented Design
TSC MDOT Transpiration Service Center
TRB Transportation Research Board
TSM Transportation Systems Management
UA Urbanized Area
UATS Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti Urban Area Transportation Study Committee (now WATS)
UD-10 Standardized Crash Report From used in Michigan
U-M University of Michigan
UMTRI University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute
USGS United States Geological Survey
UTPP Urban Transportation Planning Package (U.S. Census)
UTPS Urban Transportation Planning System
V - Z
V/C Volume to Capacity Ratio
VA Veterans Administration
VHT Vehicle Hours Traveled
VMT Vehicles Miles Traveled
VOC Volatile Organic Compounds (precursor to ozone)
WATS Washtenaw Area Transportation Study (previously Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti Urban Area Transportation Study - UATS)
WAVE Western Washtenaw Area Value Express (Chelsea's bus system)
WBWC Washtenaw Bicycling and Walking Coalition
WCBC Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners
WCP&E Washtenaw County Planning and Environmental Department
WCRC Washtenaw County Road Commission
WDC Washtenaw Development Council
WISD Washtenaw Intermediate School District
WTS Women's Transportation Seminar