Missoulian Guide to TMA acronyms
ACO: Acronym Control Officer. The person responsible for developing acronyms. The Missoula Urban Transportation District Glossary actually reads: "A substantial reward is offered for the capture and disposal of this person."
AAA: Area Agency on Aging (or American Automobile Association)
AASHTO: American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
AAWET: Annual Average Weekend Traffic
AFDC: Alternative Fuels Data Center (or Aid to Families with Dependent Children)
APM: Automated People Mover
APTS: Advanced Public Transportation System. Usually comprised of DPMs or APMs.
AWD: Average Weekday Traffic (or All-Wheel Drive)
CONUS: Continental United States
DPM: Downtown People Mover
EIS: Environmental Impact Statement
FARS: Fatal Accident Reporting System
FONSI: Finding Of No Significant Impact
CTEP: Community Transportation Enhancement Program. Missoula receives about $250,000 a year for road enhancements such as trails, bike lanes and traffic lights. Not to be confused with …
… CMAQ: Congestion, Mitigation and Air Quality program. In the past few years, Missoula has received about $30 million for traffic improvements through this program. The money used to come from …
… ISTEA: Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991, which funded transportation projects nationwide before being replaced by …
… TEA-21: Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century. Montana alone is receiving about $260 million a year from this program.
TEA: Transportation Enhancement Activity. What we do with CTEP money from TEA-21.
HM@FM: Historical Museum At Fort Missoula
LOS: Level Of Service. The standard used to measure how well a road or structure does the things its supposed to do under various conditions. LOS-A means things are going well. LOS-F means everything's jammed.
MDBF: Mean Distance Between Failure
MSA: Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city of Missoula became the third MSA in Montana last year when its population passed the 50,000 mark.
PM: Particulate Matter. The measurement of dust pollution. Missoula recently moved from a PM-10 standard (trying to reduce the level of dust about 10 microns) to a PM-2.5 standard, which is more stringent.
THC: Total Hydro Carbons.
TAME: Tertiary Amyl Methyl Ether
TEAM: Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management
SAP: Substance Abuse Professional, e.g., someone who uses a lot of drugs. Not a TEAM player.
DWI: Driving While Intoxicated. A frequent problem for SAPs
BAT: Breath Alcohol Technician. Frequently found in vicinity of SAP.
BAC: Blood Alcohol Concentration. What a BAT checks.
EBT: Evidential Breath Testing device. What a BAT uses to check an SAP for DWI.
BAIID: Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device. A TEAM response to SAPs.
STP: Surface Transportation Program or Statewide Transportation Planing
STPE: Surface Transportation Program (transportation Enhancements)
STPHS: Surface Transportation Program (Hazard Elimination)
STPP: Surface Transportation Program (Primary)
STPRP: Surface Transportation Program (Railway crossing hazard elimination)
STPS: Surface Transportation Program (Secondary)
STPU: Surface Transportation Program (Urban)
SS: Safety Sensitive
SUPDOC: Superintendent of Documents
SWOT: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats
TAG: Transportation Alternatives Group, or Transportation Acronym Guide
ATD: Anthropomorphic Test Devices
TIGER: Topological Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing system
TIRES: Transportation Interface and Reporting System
TOD: Transit-Oriented Design
TPCC: Transportation Policy Coordinating Committee. Missoula's city-county agency for determining transportation spending.
TTAC: Transportation Technical Advisory Committee: The committee that advises TPCC
MR TMA: Missoula-Ravalli Transportation Management Association, funded through TPCC
TDM: Transportation Demand Management. What MR TMA does.
VMT: Vehicle Miles Traveled. What MR TMA wants to reduce by TDM
UGB: Urban Growth Boundary
UGA: Urban Growth Area (Missoula vernacular)
DUSA: Designated Urban Service Area. A policy concept now replaced by the UGA.
UZA: UrbaniZed Area. Not to be confused with a UGA or the Uzi, an Israeli-made machine gun.
VASCAR: Visual Average Speed Computer and Recorder. This is not a speedometer. Nor is it related to …
… NASCAR: National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing
KVETCH: Kneeling Vehicle Emergency Transit Commuter Highway. Don't ask. It's really in the acronym guide, but no one claims knowledge of its purpose.
WOMBATS: WOmen's Mountain Bike and Tea Society
ZEV: Zero Emission Vehicle. Handy for reducing PM 2.5.