- CAIT Main
- Infrastructure Areas
- Program Sites
- ANDERS - Automated Nondestructive Evaluation and Rehabilitation System
- BEAST - Bridge Evaluation and Accelerated Structural Testing
- CAES - Center for Advanced Energy Systems
- FMP - Freight and Maritime Program
- ICMP - Infrastructure Condition Monitoring Program
- IMG - Information Management Group
- LESS - Laboratory for Energy Smart Systems
- LPS - Laboratory for Port Security
- LTBP - Long-Term Bridge Performance Program
- NJ LTAP - NJ Local Technical Assistance Program
- PRP - Pavement Resource Program
- PSSP - Pipeline Safety and Security Program
- SAM - Structures and Advanced Materials
- SSML - Soil and Sediment Management Laboratory
- TSRC - Transportation Safety Resource Center
- TTG - Technology Transfer Group
NJ LTAP In Depth
NJ LTAP operates under the guidance of a strategic plan and an annual work plan, designed to support technical assistance and training needs of local agencies.
The national focus areas for LTAP/TTAP centers are safety, workforce development, and infrastructure management. In support of these, all centers share the common goal of bringing transportation technology, services, products, and educational resources to the local level.
NJ LTAP operates under a Strategic Plan [PDF] and an annual work plan, which provide a “roadmap” for providing its service goals. The center is a member of the National Local Technical Assistance Program Association, a not-for-profit organization representing and serving the 58 LTAP and TTAP member-centers in the United States and Puerto Rico. NJ LTAP supports the technology transfer initiatives of the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation through collaborative educational efforts with research faculty and staff.
The broader Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) was created in 1982 by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to address a significant need for technical assistance to the 38,000 local communities across the United States. LTAP incorporates a hands-on method of moving innovative transportation technologies from research institutions into the field where local streets and roads are maintained. These technology transfer (T2) centers provide low-cost or free training; publish newsletters; circulate publications, videotapes, and software; and offer technical assistance to local roadway and transportation personnel.
Currently, the National LTAP Network consists of 58 LTAP centers that include a program in every state, seven Tribal Transportation Assistance Programs (TTAP), and one center located in Puerto Rico. The purpose of the National Local Technical Assistance Program Association (NLTAPA), which collectively represents the LTAP centers, is to serve as a mechanism to facilitate communication and coordination among members and other government, academic, and private institutions and associations. The overall goal is to provide local government agencies with improved access to transportation technology that will help them meet the demands placed on local roads, bridges, and public transportation.
In New Jersey, the LTAP program began in 1986. The program is currently sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in conjunction with the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) and the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT) at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. CAIT is a federally sponsored University Transportation Center (UTC).