The Mission of the Nebraska LTAP program is to enhance the skills of local and state transportation professionals in providing a safe, efficient, environmentally sound transportation system in Nebraska. This mission is accomplished by providing training, technical assistance, and technology transfer in all transportation areas with emphasis on safety, maintenance, equipment operation, and traffic management.
LTAP, an acronym for Local Technical Assistance Program, was created in 1982 as part of a nationwide effort to provide the transfer of transportation technology and technical assistance to rural and local governments. Through this program, LTAP, or Technology Transfer (T2) Centers have been established in each of the states and Puerto Rico, and in six additional locations to offer assistance to Native American Tribal governments. The Nebraska Technology Transfer Center was established in Nebraska at UNL in 1985.
- Continue providing existing programs and services to customers,
- Increase services to customers by introducing at least one new offering per year,
- Enhance the program's value to its customers and partners, and
- Increase the stability of the program by securing sustainable and predictable funding.
The Nebraska LTAP Program provides the following services:
- Conducts training workshops and seminars on subjects such as equipment maintenance and operations, sign management, speed limit setting methods, bridge inspection, road maintenance, and work zone safety.
- Provides on-site and in-field technical assistance as well as referrals to transportation experts to answer questions and provide guidance.
- Loans road management tools to agencies; such as retro-reflectometers for sign study, traffic counting cards for traffic studies and radar guns for speed studies.
- Maintains a lending library of video tapes, software, publications and digital resources.
- Publishes a quarterly newsletter to provide readers with helpful ideas, announce upcoming training opportunities, and introduce the field's latest technological advances.
NDOT is the primary funding source, along with minimal course fees, for Nebraska LTAP. LTAP also facilitates many events and training opportunities for NDOT personnel.
FHWA provides core funding, guidance and oversight for the LTAP program in all 50 states. The Nebraska Division of FHWA approves our annual budget and work plan. They guide LTAP in adoption of key focus areas and disseminate important strategies and programs that LTAP is charged with transferring to LPAs for the benefit of the transportation system.
NTC integrates transportation research, education, and technology transfer programs across the four NU campuses, making it one of the largest university transportation centers in the region.
Nebraska Extension is the recipient and administrator of LTAPs funding pool. The university provides structure to all our financial transactions and organizational activities, including employment, human resources, claims, accounting, auditing, information technology support, and many ancillary office services.
To read more about how we partner and who we partner with, visit Our Partners page