Western Transportation Institute - Centers

WTI Centers

In addition to the research areas, WTI houses centers which work collaboratively across research areas or across stakeholder groups to provide implementable solutions.

Center for Health and Safety Culture

Health and safety are impacted by culture. Focusing on single solutions like infrastructure improvements or vehicle design alone is insufficient towards achieving comprehensive safety. The Center for Health and Safety Culture uses a process to transform cultures measurably improving health and safety outcomes.

Key issues:

  • Transportation Safety
  • Automated Enforcement
  • Impaired Driving
  • Distracted Driving
  • Seatbelt Use
  • Farm Safety
  • Workplace Transportation Safety

Montana Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP)

The center works to foster a safe, efficient, environmentally sound transportation system by improving skills and knowledge of local transportation providers through training, technical assistance and technology transfer. Montana has over 70,000 miles of roads in cities, counties and highway districts. Montana LTAP's focus is on assisting state and county road offices and city street departments in road and bridge maintenance and repair. By sharing technical information and improving the distribution of this information, the program promotes efficient use of local transportation agencies' scarce resources. Two particularly successful means for promoting ongoing skills at the local and tribal levels are the Roads Scholar and Roads Master programs, which provide training on critical topics such as road fundamentals, safety, drainage, and snow and ice removal.

LTAP’s training programs have helped us improve and maintain the safety of our road system.

— Tom Fairbank, Blaine County Road Supervisor

LTAP builds on long-standing relationships among partners that include the Montana Association of County Road Supervisors, Montana Association of Counties, Montana League of Cities and Towns, American Public Works Association, National Association of County Engineers, and Montana Department of Transportation.

Key training areas

Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks Technical Assistance Center

Resource management professionals in public lands are the dedicated stewards of some of this nation’s most beautiful and iconic places. Every day, they try to maintain the delicate balance between maximizing access for current visitors and preserving resources for future visitors. Towards that end, the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks Technical Assistance Center (TAC) was created to help land managers develop and implement successful alternative transportation projects. The TAC, led by WTI, is a one-stop shop for information, training, and technical support designed for resource management professionals who face transportation challenges.

Why it matters:

The federal government owns nearly 650 million acres of land - almost 30 percent of the land area of the US

The TAC is sponsored by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) in partnership with other federal land management agencies (Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, USDA Forest Service, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau of Indian Affairs). TAC services are provided by WTI and a nationally recognized team of public and private transportation professionals. This team has extensive expertise on transportation and public lands issues, with "on-the-ground" knowledge and experience at more than 80 federal land units. In 2010, the TAC launched its core services, including the help desk, website, an electronic newsletter and training workshops.