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In 1982, Congress recognized that providing access to surface transportation technology, technical assistance and training to local public agencies (LPA) was necessary and created the Rural Technical Assistance Program (RTAP). The Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) legislation in 1991 renamed this program the Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) and created the Tribal Transportation Assistance Program (TTAP). The TTAP was designated to build the capability of the 573 federally recognized tribes to manage their highway assets by providing training and technical assistance. TTAP is funded under FHWA’s Training and Education programs. The legislative authority to deliver the TTAP is contained in 23 U.S.C. 504(b).
The Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) assists local highway agencies in each State to meet the challenge of maintaining and rehabilitating roads and bridges and learn about best practices and innovative technology to meet local needs. There are 51 LTAP Centersâ€”one in each State and one serving Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Eleven States operate their LTAP Center within the State DOT; the remaining State DOTs contract this function outside of the DOT, predominantly at academic institutions. While the LTAP requires a 50 percent non-Federal match, many States elect to contribute more than 50 percent for LTAP.
The Tribal Technical Assistance Program (TTAP) provides comprehensive transportation training and technical assistance to tribal communities, building skills and expertise to ensure the safety and maintenance of tribal roads. The TTAP is a discretionary program that is 100 percent federally funded.
Face-to-face TTAP training has been suspended while the Local Aid Support team conducted outreach and coordination on a TTAP delivery model that meets the needs of Tribal stakeholders. Online training and technical assistance remain available during the temporary suspension of field services.
A 90-day Notice of Funding (NOFO) to reestablish a regional TTAP Center delivery model closed on Monday, May 2, 2022. It is anticipated that implementation of this new delivery model with cooperative agreement award(s) will be made by the end of 2022 Federal Fiscal Year, with implementation of TTAP Regional Centers kicking off in fall of 2022.
Under this new delivery model, the TTAP will function as, "One Program with Seven Regional TTAP Centers" — delivering local training, technical assistance, and technology deployment services to Tribal stakeholders. Program delivery will be managed through the Local Aid Support team TTAP Program Manager and coordinated with the Office of Tribal Transportation (OTT), Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and other partners.