Glossary

MAG Glossary

About the Glossary

Understanding the programs, projects and committees that are mentioned on this website can be difficult. This glossary is a database of terms and acronyms that will help you understand MAG's role in providing regional planning and policy decisions in this region.

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ADOTThe Arizona Department Of Transportation is responsible for planning, building and operating a complex highway system in addition to building and maintaining bridges and the Grand Canyon Airport.
ALCP Arterial Life Cycle Program provides management and oversight for the street projects in the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), including location, regional funding, year and type of work, status of the project and the lead agency.
AQTAC Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee reviews and comments on technical information generated during the planning process.
ATAN Achieving Transit Accesibility Now addresses immediate and critical needs for improved accessibility to bus stops.

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BCC Consisting of building officials from MAG member agencies, the Building Codes Committee makes recommendations on the development, interpretation and enforcement of building codes in the MAG region.
BIEN Building an International Economic Network creates a business-to-business e-platform to connect individual businesses across international boundaries. Businesses in Arizona, Mexico and Canada can directly connect with each other in order to partner and grow their businesses.
BQAZ Building a Quality Arizona provides informtion about several transportaion framework studies.

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C60The Arizona Age-Friendly Network is a partnership hosted by the Maricopa Association of Governments, a regional planning agency serving the Greater Phoenix area. We are committed to ensuring every person can live a fulfilled life at any age, connected to family, friends, and community.
CENS Community Emergency Notification System is also known as Reverse 9-1-1. The system rapidly notifies people in an area affected by an emergency by sending a recorded message through the telephone system. CENS uses the 9-1-1 database to find phone numbers for those who are in the afected area area that is determined by the circle or area drawn on the CENS map. CENS then sends a prerecorded message to the telephone numbers in the defined area.
CMAQCongestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program provides federal funds to projects and programs that help nonattainment and maintenance areas comply with air quality standards.
CoC-BoardContinuum of Care Board addresses regional issues relating to homelessness and approves the annual application for homeless assistance funding to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and addresses regional issues relating to homelessness.
CoC-CommitteeContinuum of Care Committee leverages relationships and diverse expertise to actively advance the broad community goals of preventing and ending homelessness throughout the region.
COGCouncil of Governments is a public organization encompassing a multi-jurisdictional regional community.
COMPASSCorridor Optimization and Access Management Plan and System Study along the US-60/Grand Avenue.

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DVPEPThe Domestic Violence Protocol Evaluation Project was designed to coordinate a multi-disciplinary effort for assessing protocols and practices used by law enforcement and prosecutors when responding to domestic violence offenders. The project evaluates protocols, builds a framework of best practices, and develops public awareness tools.

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EaPWDElderly and Persons with Disabilities Transportation Committee develops the prioritization of applicants to receive FTA Section 5310 grant funds for capital and operating expenses in the Phoenix-Mesa Urbanized Area.
ECRegional Council Executive Committee consists of seven Regional Council members who are elected at the annual meeting to serve for one year.
EDCEconomic Development Committee develops opportunity-specific and action-oriented initiatives that fosters and advances infrastructure in the MAG region
EJEnvironmental Justice - MAG maintains nondiscrimination policies which support MAG in engaging vulnerable populations.
EVPEmergency Vehicle Preemption adjusts traffic signal phasing to facilitate safe passage for the emergency vehicle through the intersection.

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FHWAThe Federal Highway Administration provides stewardship over the construction, maintenance and preservation of the Nation’s highways, bridges and tunnels.
FSPFreeway Service Patrol assists motorists who are stranded on freeways due to minor accidents or disabled vehicles and provides prompt clearance of these incidents.
FYA fiscal year is the twelve-month period that an organization uses for budgeting, forecasting and reporting.

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HSCICHuman Services and Community Initiatives Committee is focused on incubating solutions that strengthen the region.
HSIPHighway Safety Improvement Program is focused on improving road safety. Policy is assessed to determine what changes are recommended to improve the state of human services in the region.
HSTCHuman Services Technical Committee provides technical assistance to the Human Services and Community Initiatives Committee, develop allocation recommendations for the Social Services Block Grant and produce regional human services plans.

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ICMIntegrated Corridor Management's goal is to reduce congestion on I-10 between Loop 101 in the West Valley and Loop 202 Red Mountain Freeway in the East Valley.
IMPOIntermountain Metropolitan Planning Organizations fosters communication and coordinate planning efforts among MPOs serving as Transportation Management Areas (TMAs) within the Intermountain region of the United States.
ISInformation Services supports regional decision-making through leading-edge technology, information gathering and analysis.
ITSIntelligent Transportation Systems are the usage of sensor, computer, electronics and communication technologies and management strategies in a cohesive way.

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JPACThe Joint Planning Advisory Committee was established to identify mutually agreed upon goals and interests, provide guidance on possible technical assistance and joint planning activities, and enhance the communication and cooperation among the policymakers in these regions.

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LASSLocal Agency Safety Studies will support the performance of a minimum of two safety studies at specific intersections or arterial road segments where safety concerns have been identified.

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MAGMaricopa Association of Governments is a Council of Governments (COG) that serves as the regional planning agency for the metropolitan Phoenix area.
MAGICMaricopa Association of Governments Information Center makes specialized information and services more available to member agencies, private sector businesses, individuals and other public sector agencies for requests outside the scope of the MAG annual budget and work program.
MAP-21In 2012, the federal government passed the new federal transportation authorization bill, “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century” (MAP-21). MAP-21 consolidated these three programs into one federal formula funding category called the Transportation Alternatives Program (TA). The MAG region receives about $4.4 million per year for this program. There are two categories of projects: Infrastructure and Non-Infrastructure Safe Routes to School (SRTS) projects.
MCManagement Committee receives input from technical committees, analyzes the technical and policy implications, and provides recommendations to the MAG Regional Council.
MMLOSMultimodal Level of Service Study provides a better understanding of the variables that improve the multimodal experiences of all users.
MPOMetropolitan Planning Organization is an agency created that provides local elected officials input into the planning and implementation of federal transportation funds to metropolitan areas.
MSAMetropolitan Statstical Area is a region with a high population density and economic ties throughout the area.

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NOFANotice of Funding Availability for the Continuum of Care Program Competition FR-6100-N-25.

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PEPEPlanners and Economic Development Partnership Exchange serves as a forum to discuss data, tools, and analysis of interest to economic development staff and planners.
PIPPublic Initiation Protocol provides federal funding to MAG member agencies to pay ADOT fees to initiate the review of federally funded projects.
PITPoint in Time Homeless Count is an annual street and shelter count to determine the number of people experiencing homelessness in Maricopa County during a given point-in-time (PIT)
PM2.5Fine particulate matter (PM2.5) is an air pollutant that is a concern for people's health when levels in air are high that is less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter. Outside, fine particles primarily come from car, truck, bus and off-road vehicle (e.g., construction equipment, snowmobile, locomotive) exhausts, other operations that involve the burning of fuels such as wood, heating oil or coal and natural sources such as forest and grass fires. Fine particles also form from the reaction of gases or droplets in the atmosphere from sources such as power plants.
PM10PM10 describes inhalable particles, with diameters that are generally 10 micrometers and smaller. Sources of PM10 include vehicles, wood buring stoves and fireplaces, dust, wildfires, and industrial sources. PM10 is a mixture of materials that can include smoke, soot, dust, salt, acids, and metals. Particulate matter also forms when gases emitted from motor vehicles and industry undergo chemical reactions in the atmosphere.
POPProgram of Projects is the list of transit projects in MAG’s Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) proposed to be funded from the area’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5307 and Section 5339 programs.
POPTACPopulation Technical Advisory Committee comprises technical-oriented staff from either the planning department or managers office of MAG member agencies.
PSAPThis committee consists of Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) Managers from the MAG member agencies. This Group oversees the technical needs and provides overall coordination of the Maricopa County 9-1-1 System.
PUBLIC NOTICETypically a legally requried announcement or notification of a proposed action or decision, or of a public hearing.

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RARFIn 2004 Maricopa County voters approved the extension of the levy of the Maricopa County Transportation Excise Tax for another 20 years, ending Dec. 31, 2025. Often called the "half-cent sales tax," the tax is levied upon business activities in Maricopa County, including retail sales, contracting, utilities, rental of real and personal property, restaurant and bar receipts, and other activities.
RCThe Regional Council is the governing and policy-making body for the organization and is comprised of elected officials appointed by each MAG member agency. For most members, the city or town mayor serves as the Regional Council representative.
RCARThe Regional Council Activity Report is a summary of the actions taken during Regional Council meetings, and also offers information about upcoming events.
RCNThe Regional Community Network (RCN) is a private Internet connecting MAG member agencies. This connection uses existing agency-owned fiber in combination with wireless links to share traffic and public safety information.
RCNWGThe RCN Working Group develops recommendations for the management of the RCN and its future expansion.
RDVCThe Regional Domestic Violence Council serves as the primary coordinating body for issues related to domestic violence and provides a forum for communication and coordinated action to effectively address, prevent, and eradicate domestic violence in the MAG region.
RFPRequest for Proposal - a document that solicits proposal by an agency or company interested in procurement of a commodity, service, or valuable asset, to potential vendors to submit business proposals
RFQRequest for Qualifications - invites vendors into a bidding process to bid on specific products or services.
RSARoad Safety Assessments (RSAs) are an active approach to improving road safety. They involve examining an intersection, an arterial, or freeway corridor from a road safety viewpoint.
RTFSThe Regional Transit Framework Study update will identify, validate and prioritize future high-capacity transit investments through a data-driven, system-wide planning approach through the planning horizon of 2040.
RTPThe performance-based Regional Transportation Plan provides a broad vision for the regional transportation system for the next two decades, addressing freeways and other highways, streets, transit, airports, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, freight, demand management, system management including intelligent transportation systems (ITS), and safety.
RTSMSThe Regional Transportation Safety Information Management System (RTSIMS) software is MAG’s tool for performing crash data analyses. This helps regional transportation safety planning.

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SCThe Street Committee includes local agency transportation planners and engineers. The committee makes recommendations on street projects to be funded with federal monies from the MAP-21, and provides input for the five year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).
SCMIS MAG developed the Southeast Corridor Major Investment Study (SE Corridor MIS) to explore transportation strategies due to travel demand on the between the East Valley and Central Phoenix.
SDSpecifications and Details - The main goal of this program is to annually update the MAG Uniform Standard Specifications and Details for Public Works Construction document and ensure that copies of the publications are available. Specifications are a description of definitions, techniques, and materials; and the Details, a series of technical drawings showing graphical representations of some of the specifications.
SHRP2The Strategic Highway Research Program Expediting Project Delivery Grant (C19) enables MAG to work with other agencies in the Intermountain West region. Their goal is expediting key global transportation projects in the Intermountain West region.
SPINE 1-10/1-17 Spine Study - MAG along with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), launched a study to develop a Corridor Master Plan for the I-10 and I-17 corridor. This corridor is referred to as the “Spine” because it serves as the backbone for transportation in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
SRTSThe primary goal of the MAG Safe Routes to School Program is to help make walking and bicycling to school safer. All SRTS projects funded by MAG are coordinated through MAG member agencies.
STSPThe Strategic Transportation Safety Plan identifies regional priorities, strategies, resource needs and performance indicators. It also establishes an approach for identifying and enacting solutions for road safety issues that affect all agencies in the MAG region.
SWACThe Solid Waste Advisory Committee consists of representatives of various local government agencies, economic interests, environmental interests, and private citizens selected by MAG to provide technical expertise in the areas of concern.

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TAGMaricopa Association of Governments Technology Advisory Group encourages the development of telecommunication infrastructure and applications software.
TAPThe MAG Transportation Ambassador Program project is designed to connect people to human services transportation opportunities in the region. The program is open to everyone and will include accommodations for older adults, people with disabilities, and individuals with low incomes.
TCThe Transit Committee programs federal transit funds through the five-year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The committee also reviews and provides recommendations on various regional transit studies that are conducted by MAG, RPTA, and METRO.
TDMTransportation Demand Management are the strategies to improve the transportation system’s efficiency. This would be done by increasing person trips without increasing vehicle trips.
TIPThe Transportation Improvement Program serves as a five-year guide for the preservation, management and expansion of public transportation services across Maricopa County and portions of Pinal County. Public transportation services include highways, arterial streets, transit, demand management, and alternative mode improvements.
Title VITitle VI requires that no person in the United States of America shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity for which MAG receives federal financial assistance.
TPCThe Transportation Policy Committee oversees the development of the 20-year Regional Transportation Plan and guides transportation planning in the region. The TPC is made up of 22 members representing cities and towns across the region, the business community, the Arizona Department of Transportation, Maricopa County, and the Native American Indian Communities.
TRCThe Transportation Review Committee provides input on transportation issues including the development of the Transportation Improvement Program and Regional Transportation Plan updates.
TSCTransportation Safety Committee - The primary goal of the MAG Transportation Safety Planning Program is to identify both current and potential future transportation safety issues, concerns and needs in the region, and determine ways to address them through the regional transportation planning process.
TSOPThe Traffic Signal Optimization Program helps to improve traffic signal coordination and enables optimization and review of operations through simulation modeling.

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WQACThe Water Quality Advisory Committee serves in an advisory capacity to the MAG Management Committee and Regional Council on water quality matters affecting the MAG area.

About MAG

The Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) is a Council of Governments (COG) that serves as the regional planning agency for the metropolitan Phoenix area.

Title VI

Title VI requires that no person in the United States of America shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity for which MAG receives federal financial assistance.

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