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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.

The main 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.