The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Center for Local-Aid Support recently established the Tribal Technical Assistance Program (TTAP) as a 2-year pilot project to provide transportation resources for tribal communities across the country. The TTAP Center provides comprehensive transportation training and technical assistance to tribal communities, building skills and expertise to ensure the safety and maintenance of tribal roads.

With administrative headquarters located at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia, the program has established five Virtual Centers of Excellence (VCoE), each focused on one of five critical transportation topic areas:

  • Project Delivery
  • Maintenance and Operations
  • Safety
  • Planning and Procurement
  • Asset and Data Management

Each VCoE consists of Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) dedicated to responding to all inquiries and requests within their particular area of technical expertise, no matter where their home base. While there is no building or physical location, the virtual centers provide an immediate source for technical assistance and training expertise, establishing direct lines of communication between tribal transportation needs and SMEs with the capabilities to address those needs. SMEs visit every BIA region, bringing focused in-classroom coursework so that participants can immediately apply this knowledge and skills in their workplace.

With a facility and equipment yard in Oklahoma City, OK, the TTAP Roads Scholar Certification Program (RSCP) provides tribal transportation workers with the opportunity to excel in today’s transportation workplaces. The RSCP offers a strong benefit to tribal communities by promoting an improved tribal workforce and  transportation-related construction and maintenance services. The RSCP provides experienced tribal transportation workers with credentials needed for career advancement.

Participants should have a working knowledge of construction and design practices associated with the topics to be evaluated and certified. Field experience  is required. Featuring 19 modules on a variety of roadway topics, the program uses both online and in-person materials to assess and test a candidate’s readiness to be certified.

Motor vehicle injury prevention is a vital part of safe tribal transportation environments. The TTAP Center’s Motor Vehicle Injury Prevention Program employs experienced injury prevention specialists (IPS) to provide instruction on nationally recognized safety programs, including car seat checkpoints and Safe Native American Passengers (SNAP) training. The TTAP Center’s injury prevention specialists bring these programs directly to tribal communities to deliver hands-on car seat safety training and safe seat belt use with the goal of reducing motor vehicle injuries and fatalities in these communities.

Find information about TTAP at ttap-center.org.