The Massachusetts Cooperative Research Program

The Massachusetts Cooperative Research Program within the University Transportation Center at UMass-Amherst supports the Massachusetts Transportation Research Program and facilitates the use of the resources of the multiple campus system of UMass and other State Colleges 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.

Click here for more information on the Massachusetts Cooperative Research Program.

Regional Traveler Information Center (RTIC)

The Regional Traveler Information Center (RTIC) is a joint venture of the University of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) in collaboration with the Regional Planning Agencies and Transit Authorities of Western Massachusetts. RTIC is managed by the UMass Transportation Center with operational and facility support provided by UMass Transit Services. Established in 1999 to provide traffic congestion information related to the reconstruction of the Coolidge Bridge connecting Hadley and Northampton, RTIC currently provides a wide range of travel-related information for the I-91 Corridor and other areas in the Pioneer Valley by means of its website,

Baystate Roads/Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP)

Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) was established nationally in 1981, while the Baystate Roads Program (Massachusetts LTAP) began in 1986. It is a cooperative effort of the Federal Highway Administration, Massachusetts Department of Transportation, and the University of Massachusetts.

Its purpose is to provide information and training on transportation and related topics, to answer the needs and problems of local agencies, to identify and transfer new technologies and innovations into a usable format, and to operate as a link between transportation research and practicing highway personnel.

It provides a wide variety of free publications, free videos from an extensive lending library of transportation and training tapes, technical support, and computer information, as well as referral assistance. It offers free training or information workshops that can be arranged to cover community-specific concerns, while a variety of prescheduled workshops are also held throughout Massachusetts. It publishes a quarterly newsletter, Mass Interchange, to keep state and local agencies informed of new technologies, innovations, seminars, and service changes.

Massachusetts Technical Assistance Program (MTAP)

MTAP coordinates and delivers customized in-house workshops to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) personnel throughout the state. Technical training is at the core of this program, however, personal development topics are also included to meet the needs of both technical and administrative staff. Workshop topics have included:

  • NEPA & Transportation Decision Making
  • MUTCD Millennium Edition
  • Chain Saw Skill & Safety
  • Hot Mix Asphalt Construction
  • Storm Water Management

Trainers include public and private sector engineering professionals, communications consultants, and safety experts. Some classes are custom-designed for MassDOT, while others are prepackaged courses available through the National Highway Institute. Whether created specifically for MassDOT or prepackaged, instructors are called on to provide informative, interesting and cost-effective training. MTAP staff advertises, host workshops, provide technical representation and guide course content, when necessary.

MTAP Library publications are available through the University of Massachusetts Transportation Center.

The Massachusetts Traffic Safety Research Program (UMassSafe)


UMassSafe is a multidisciplinary traffic safety research program that houses a statewide data warehouse, conducts transportation safety research on various topics, and translates research into the development of highway safety programs. At UMassSafe, we seek to reduce the frequency and severity of crashes through the rigorous examination of safety-related data - both traditional and nontraditional - to better understand crashes, driver behavior, and related factors.

UMassSafe has the unique ability to examine highway safety problems from both a research and programming perspective, allowing the team to develop distinctive solutions to transportation safety problems. Idea exchange across disciplines -- transportation engineering, public policy, public health, traffic safety education and enforcement -- is combined with the application of a rigorous scientific structure of problem identification, program development and program evaluation. UMassSafe core function continues to be reducing crashes and crash injuries by methodically applying the best of research and the practical know-how of community practice.

Click here for a brief description of UMassSafe's current tasks.


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