The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Innovative Program Delivery’s Center for Local Aid Support recently established a national Tribal Technical Assistance Program (TTAP) as a one-stop transportation resource 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 and the continuous professional development of tribal transportation workforces.

Virtual Centers of Excellence

With administrative headquarters located at the University of Virginia’s Center for Transportation Studies 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 are visiting every BIA region, bringing focused in-classroom coursework and technical assistance so participants can immediately apply this knowledge and skills in their workplace.

Road Scholar Safety Certification Program

The TTAP Road Scholar Certification Program offers advanced skills development, heavy equipment training, and hands-on field experience. With a facility located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, this program provides tribal transportation workers with the opportunity to build the skillset needed to operate safely and effectively in today’s transportation workplaces.

The program is expected to launch later this spring. Check back often for program updates.

Motor Vehicle Injury Prevention Program

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 administer 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.

Learn more about the Motor Vehicle Injury Prevention Program


For questions or information about the TTAP Center and its services, please call 833-484-9944 or contact info.ttap@virginia.edu for prompt assistance.

Sign Up for Email Updates