The Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) and Tribal Technical Assistance Program (TTAP) are composed of a network of centers – one in every state, Puerto Rico and regional centers serving tribal governments. The LTAP/TTAP centers enable local counties, parishes, townships, cities and towns to improve their roads and bridges by supplying them with a variety of training programs, an information clearinghouse, new and existing technology updates, personalized technical assistance and newsletters.
Through these core services, LTAP/TTAP centers provide access to training and information that may not have otherwise been accessible. Centers are able to provide local road departments with workforce development services; resources to enhance safety and security; solutions to environmental, congestion, capacity and other issues; technical publications; and training videos and materials.
VISION AND MISION
The vision of the LTAP/TTAP Program is to “… improve the quality and safety of the surface transportation system trough interactive relationships and information exchange … driven by these relationships and known for our ability to enrich the knowledge base of our stakeholders”.
The mision of the LTAP/TTAP Program is to foster a safe, efficient, and environmentally sound surface transportation by improving skills and increasing knowledge of the transportation workforce and decision makers.
The main goals for the PR-LTAP Center are:
- Transferring the significant findings and innovations of research studies conducted in Puerto Rico, the United States and abroad to local and state agencies in the Islands in concise format.
- Train personnel in highway ans transportation related areas such as new construction,maintenance, inspection, and rehabilitation techniques, asset management, road safety, and sustainability.
- Provide technical assistance to local, municipal, and state transportation officials with new regulations and technology available to assist in the design, construction, programming, maintenance, safety, evaluation, analysis, and rehabilitation of transportation systems.
- Serve as EDC Director and Technical Oversight during its implementation phase in PR and USVI.
- Participate as an active member in the upcoming Puerto Rico State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC), a joint effort by FHWA and state transportation department, as part of the EDC initiative, which helps to identify and deploy innovation that speeds up project delivery, increases safety for those on the nation’s roadways and protects the environment.
The Puerto Rico LTAP Center operates under a strategic plan and publishes an annual overview of the programs. The activities and operations expenses of the Puerto Rico LTAP Center are funded by several sources: Federal Highway Administration, Puerto Rico Department of Transportation and Public Works, and the US Virgin Islands Department of Public Works. The Puerto Rico Transportation Technology Transfer Center is evolving with new ideas and initiatives such as sponsoring student research programs such as the UPR/PUPR/ATI Professional Development Program, the Tren Urbano/UPR/MIT Professional Development Program, FHWA Dwight D. Eisenhower Fellowship Program and the Engineering Programs in Community Service, and projects such as Cátedra Abertis and Every Day Counts. Information about all the programs are presented in the Special Projects Menu.