University of Kansas Transportation Center

Serving Kansas Since 1977 - Our goal is to provide an institutional focus for multi-disciplinary work in the field of transportation. We are committed to finding solutions for the unique transportation problems of Kansas and the nation through our two programs - Kansas LTAP and Kansas RTAP.
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University of Kansas Transportation Center

The University of Kansas Transportation Center (KUTC) conducts, coordinates, and promotes transportation training, technology transfer, and research to the State of Kansas and the surrounding region.

The KUTC is a multi-disciplinary center of the University of Kansas operating since 1977, managing technology transfer and research programs. Primary areas of interest are highway engineering and maintenance, traffic engineering and safety, transportation workforce development, and community transit. The Center’s three primary programs are Kansas LTAP, Kansas RTAP, and the Kansas Local Field Liaison Program.

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The KUTC has the following missions  

- To coordinate, facilitate, and stimulate interdisciplinary research in all aspects of transportation at the University of Kansas

- To collect, generate, and provide information, training, and technical assistance to national, regional, state, and local agencies, to private industry, and to the citizens of the state

- To conduct research in transportation areas related to the Kansas economy

Transportation Center Resources

Kansas LTAP

The Kansas Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) is one of 51 centers across the United States that promotes the national LTAP mission of fostering a safe, efficient, and environmentally sound surface transportation system by improving skills and knowledge at local governments through training, technical assistance and technology transfer.

Kansas RTAP

The mission of the Kansas Rural Transit Assistance Program (RTAP) is to improve the mobility of all rural Kansans through quality training and technical assistance to rural and specialized transit providers.

Kansas Local Field Liaison Program

A strategy of the Kansas Strategic Highway Safety Plan, this program promotes the Plan’s “Drive to Zero” goal by providing on-site technical assistance and training to local governments in roadway safety.


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