TMAARC originally formed as The Florida Maintenance Training Program (FMTP), began in April 1990 when the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) signed a joint participation agreement. The agreement entailed setting up training for public transit technicians in classrooms and labs and establishing a resource center of training programs and materials. TMAARC was also to produce and distribute Transit Training, a quarterly newsletter on training activities, training tips, and new programs. Administration of all parts of the program was undertaken by CUTR.

TMAARC began as a cooperative effort between FDOT and CUTR. The original idea for the program was developed by Hank Donaldson and Mike Johnson at FDOT.

Without the hard work and dedication of many individuals to the idea of providing bus technicians with thorough training opportunities, TMAARC could not have had the success it has seen.