The UMass Transportation Center (UMTC) in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has consolidated several programs providing a framework for the Center to launch new initiatives.
The consolidation fosters innovation and facilitates the implementation of new programs and ideas.
The UMTC provides research and support for MassDOT by making the resources of the UMass system easily accessible for transportation-related issues. The Center also offers training that benefits the state’s transportation infrastructure and industry.
Baystate Roads, the Massachusetts Local Technical Assistance Program, began in 1986. The Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) was established by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to serve states and tribal governments. Baystate Roads is a cooperative effort of the Federal Highway Administration, MassDOT and the UMTC. Baystate Roads seeks to improve access to highway, road, and street technology for local departments of public works and highway departments around the state.
The Cooperative Research Program supports the Massachusetts Transportation Research Program and helps in the use of resources from the multiple-campus UMass system and other universities for transportation research, technology transfer and technology implementation. These resources include the service and expertise of faculty, staff, managers, coordinators and students, as well as the physical facilities, including laboratories and real-world field installations.