The Role of TTAPs in Tribal Transportation

Tribal governments face a distinct set of challenges building, operating, and maintaining safe roadways on tribal lands. These challenges include multijurisdictional authority, limited staffing and resources, and differences among the tribes in terms of factors such as land ownership. In 1991, to help tribal governments improve management of their transportation networks, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) created the Tribal Technical Assistance Program (TTAP). This paper describes the role of the TTAPs and highlights some successes of the program. The TTAPs work with tribes in support of a number of FHWA programs related to road management and safety, including key programs administered by the FHWA program offices, with a particular focus on the Indian Reservation Roads program managed by the Office of Federal Lands Highway. Seven regional TTAP centers provide a variety of training programs, an information clearinghouse, updates on new and existing technology, and personalized technical assistance to tribal governments. Through these core services, the TTAP centers offer help in workforce development, asset management, and solutions to safety, environmental, congestion, capacity, and other issues related to highway mobility and safety.


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  • Accession Number: 01147432
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 29 2009 9:20PM