WCOG Acronyms

Below is a list of acronyms commonly used by the Whatcom Council of Governments. A printable list is downloadable by clicking on the link to the right.



AADT Annual Average Daily Traffic
ADA Americans with Disabilities Act
ADT Average Daily Traffic
AJR Access Justification Report
ATIS Advanced Traveler Information System
AV Automated (or Autonomous) Vehicle
AVL Automated Vehicle Location System
BCMOTI  British Columbia Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure
BRT  Bus Rapid Transit
CBP  U.S. Customs & Border Protection
CBSA  Canada Border Services Agency
CEDS Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy
CN (CON) Construction phase of a funded project
CRAB Washington State County Road Administration Board
CTAG Citizens’ Transportation Advisory Board
DBE Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
DHS U.S. Department of Homeland Security
EA Environmental Assessment
EDL Enhanced Driver’s License
EIS Environmental Impact Statement
EPA U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
FAA U.S. Federal Aviation Administration
FAST Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (the current federal transportation act)
F.A.S.T. Free and Secure Trade Program
FHWA U.S. Federal Highway Administration
FMSIB WA State Freight Mobility Strategic Investment Board
FRA U.S. Federal Railroad Administration
FTA U.S. Federal Transit Administration
GIS Geographic Information Systems
GMA WA State Growth Management Act
HOT High-Occupancy Toll Lanes
HOV High-Occupancy Vehicle
HSTP Human Services Transportation Plan
IJR Interchange Justification Report – what is now known as an Access Justification Report.
ILA Interlocal Agreement
IMTC International Mobility & Trade Corridor Program
ISTEA Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (Federal transportation act of 1991)
ITS Intelligent Transportation System(s)
LOS Level of Service
LRTP Long-Range Transportation Plan
MAP-21 Moving Ahead of Progress in the 21st Century (Federal transportation act of 2012)
MOA Memorandum of Agreement
MOU Memorandum of Understanding
MPA Metropolitan Planning Area – the region serviced by an MPO
MPO Metropolitan Planning Organization
NEPA National Environmental Policy Act
NEXUS U.S. – Canada trusted traveler program
NHS National Highway System
NSTA North Sound Transportation Alliance (formerly the Farmhouse Gang)
PE Preliminary Engineering – phase of a funded project during which design and other pre-construction activities are performed
PSRC Puget Sound Regional Council (MPO-RTPO for Seattle area)
RFID Radio Frequency Identification
RFP Request for Proposals
RFQ Request for Qualifications
ROW Right-of-Way (phase of a project during which property is acquired)
RTPO Regional Transportation Planning Organization
SAFETEA-LU Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (federal transportation act of 2005)
SCOG Skagit Council of Governments
SOV Single-Occupant Vehicle
SR State Route
STBG Surface Transportation Block Grant (formerly known as STP)
STIP Statewide Transportation Improvement Program
STP Surface Transportation Program (now known as STBG)
TA Transportation Alternatives Program
TAZ Traffic Analysis Zone
TDM Transportation Demand Management
TEA-21 Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (federal transportation act of 1998)
TIB WA State Transportation Improvement Board
TIP Transportation Improvement Program
TOD Transit-Oriented Development
TSM Transportation Systems Management
TTAG Transportation Technical Advisory Group
USDOT U.S. Department of Transportation
USFS U.S. Forest Service
UPWP Unified Planning Work Program
USBRS U.S.  Bicycle Route System
VACIS Vehicle and Cargo Inspection System – x-ray device used by CBP to scan cargo entering the U.S. from Canada
VHD Vehicle Hours of Delay
VHT Vehicle Hours of Travel – the total amount of time spent by all vehicles traveling on a specific road segment over a given period of time
VMT Vehicle Miles of Travel – the total miles traveled by all vehicles on a specific road segment over a given period of time
WBE Women-owned Business Enterprise
WSDOT WA State Department of Transportation
WST Whatcom Smart Trips Program
WSTC WA State Transportation Commission
WTA Whatcom Transportation Authority
WTP Washington Transportation Plan