The National LTAP Program
About the National Program
The Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) and Tribal Technical Assistance Program (TTAP) are composed of a network of 58 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, 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.
The LTAP/TTAP operates under a strategic plan and publishes an annual overview of the programs. The annual overview, which includes program statistics, is collected by the Clearinghouse, which provides program support to the LTAP/TTAP.
The Federal Highway Administration created the Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) in 1982 to provide local agencies with information and training programs to address the maintenance of local roadways and bridges.
The Tribal Technical Assistance Program (TTAP) was established in 1991 to address the transportation needs of Native American tribes. Today, state departments of transportation, the U.S. DOT's Office of Federal Lands Highway, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and host universities are sponsoring partners in the LTAP/TTAP project.
Local transportation agencies have saved an estimated $8 for every $1 LTAP spends on information and training. LTAP/TTAP centers annually:
- reach over 12,500 local communities;
- train more than 115,000 people at over 4,000 training sessions;
- send newsletters to more than 131,000 local contacts; and
- distribute 250,000 materials to local agencies.