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.
goals for the PR-LTAP Center are:
Transfer the significant findings of
research studies that have been conducted in the United
States and abroad to local municipalities in the Islands
in concise format. Now, by this global access we will
put this information available worldwide.
Train personnel in highway-related
areas such as new construction and rehabilitation
techniques, maintenance tips, pavement management, road
safety, sustainable, and efficient management.
Keep local highway and municipal
officials up to date in new transportation technology
that is already available in areas of design,
construction, programming, maintenance, safety,
evaluation and rehabilitation.
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,
The FHWA Dwight D.
Eisenhower Fellowship Program, and the Engineering
Programs in Community Service.