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Improving the Livability and Quality of Life of Metropolitan Regions


The Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations Research Foundation (AMPO Research Foundation) is a nonprofit federal 501(c)3 organization established in 2013 with a mission to serve the transportation planning community to improve livability and quality of life in metropolitan regions through the metropolitan planning process. The AMPO Research Foundation is the educational foundation of Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations.


The mission of the ActivitySim project is to create and maintain advanced, open-source, activity-based travel behavior modeling software based on best software development practices for distribution at no charge to the public.

The ActivitySim project is led by a consortium of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), Departments of Transportation (DOTs), and other transportation planning agencies. The consortium provides technical direction and resources to support project development. All member agencies make an annual contribution to the effort and help to make decisions about development priorities. New member agencies are welcome to join the consortium.

ActivitySim is administered by the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations Research Foundation.

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Educational Programs

The AMPO Research Foundation provides educational training and resources to the MPO community through the MPO Institute. If you have recommendations for additional programs, please contact us.

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