Meeting local needs for training, technical assistance, and research in transportation

About the KUTC

The University of Kansas Transportation Center (KUTC) is a multidisciplinary research unit of KU devoted to transportation research, professional development, technical assistance, and the dissemination of technical information. The organization was formed in 1977 to provide an institutional focus for multi-disciplinary work in the field of transportation. KUTC is committed to finding solutions for the unique transportation problems of Kansas and the nation.

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; and
  • To conduct research in transportation areas related to the Kansas economy.

The KUTC's activities have been funded internally by the federal government and by state and local units of government. The primary research areas include:  rural roadway safety; public transportation in rural areas; traffic engineering; transportation planning; the impact of transportation investments upon urban, regional, and rural growth and decline; and intelligent transportation systems. Technology transfer is an integral component of the philosophy of service at the KUTC, with strong ties to local communities. The Kansas Local Technical Assistance Program and the Kansas Transit Assistance Program, both providing services to local governments, are administered by the KUTC.

The KUTC has full data analysis capabilities, including direct access to the KDOT crash database to facilitate efficient crash data research. The KUTC is a member of the Mid America Transportation Center (MATC), the regional University Transportation Center funded by the USDOT.

The Programs

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.