Local Technical Assistance Program
The Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) and Tribal Technical Assistance Program (TTAP) is composed of a network of 58 Centers - one in every state, one in Puerto Rico and seven 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.
The T2 Center is honored to have served as the Florida LTAP for over thirty years, from 1984 - 2018. Over the past several decades, the LTAP has evolved into a valuable resource for local agencies statewide with the ability to collaborate with each state's center to increase the resources available.
It has truly been a pleasure serving as Florida’s LTAP Center, the T2 Center looks forward to the continued growth of the LTAP at its new home in the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida. The T2 Center is excited to provide support to CUTR in their new role as the Florida LTAP.
The T2 Center will continue to provide training courses and support to local agencies throughout the state. T2 Center continues to strive to meet and exceed the expectations of our local agencies, contractors, and consultants throughout the state and nation, and offering a lifetime of experience world-wide. The T2 Center's offers live webinar training courses through the Center's enhanced engineering webinar program.
Reflecting on LTAP
The Florida LTAP transitioned to the University of Florida T2 Center, formally known as the Transportation Research Center, in late 1984. As we reflect on our involvement over the last thirty-plus years, we recollect many achievements and advanced in technology used in transportation agencies. The advancements of the LTAP are brought to light in the quarterly newsletters dating back to the eighties. In 1984, the first newsletter issue features the creation of the bulletin board in electronic mail format. In 1992, the T2Van was highlighted with the addition of eight modules to the traveling VHS training course circuit. In 2007, many FHWA publications were offered to local agencies through an order request to receive hard copies. The request form could be returned by fax, mail, or email. Each newsletter presented training opportunities, regulatory updates, and proposed funding sources for local agency transportation staff.
More recently, early in 2018, the T2 Center provided free on-site training courses to local agencies around the state through the LTAP. The training courses included many sessions directed at the transportation professional who are exposed to the dangers of heavy equipment operation and roadway maintenance duties. During the Rural County Safety Workshop and Dangers of Digging training courses, roadway field crews were reminded of key safety components while operating heavy equipment and completing roadway maintenance tasks.
As we reflect on the T2 Center's involvement with the LTAP, we are pleased to say we made a difference and assisted many local agencies to improve procedures, learn new skills, and always practice safety first. Despite the transition of LTAP, the T2 Center will continue to make a difference by offering training programs to professionals in transportation and support local agencies throughout the state, nation and worldwide.
University of Florida Affiliation
The Florida Transportation Technology Transfer (T2) Center is a service center under the University of Florida Transportation Institute (UFTI) in the College of Engineering at the University of Florida. Other service centers in the College of Engineering include:
- Bridge Software Institute (BSI)
- Center for Infrastructure Protection and Physical Security (CIPPS)
- McTrans Microcomputers in Transportation
- Water Resources Research Center (WRRC)