AASHTO Rail ResourceCenter
ARRC supports states in their efforts to establish and
maintain passenger and freight rail programs that are expanding significantly
in terms of both funding and responsibility by partnering with the Federal Rail
Administration and others. ARRC provides assistance through webinars,
peer-to-peer exchanges, meetings, internet exchanges, and publications.
AASHTOWare(Cooperative Computer Software Development Program)
The AASHTOWare® program allows member agencies to employ
a cooperative approach to software development that incorporates best practices
and enables state DOTs to pool resources to address the common problems and
challenges. Software under the AASHTOWare® program is designed by state DOT
experts for the state DOTs and is delivered by private-sector contractors.
AMRL (AASHTOMaterials Reference Laboratory
AMRL promotes the quality of testing in construction
material laboratories of the AASHTO member departments and others through four
activities: the routine assessment of laboratories; the distribution of
proficiency test materials; technical support to the AASHTO Highway
Subcommittee on Materials in the operation of the AASHTO Accreditation Program
(AAP); and the development of precision estimates for the AASHTO Highway
Subcommittee on Materials test methods.
APEL (AASHTO ProductEvaluation List)
APEL provides as a web-based clearinghouse for
state-level evaluation and testing of new and/or proprietary engineered
transportation products. The program allows manufacturers to submit products
online for evaluation to multiple agencies, and the program allows member
agencies to customize and automate the work flow process for new product
CTPP (CensusTransportation Planning Products)
AASHTO partners with the member departments to support
the development of special census products and data tabulations for
transportation, which are key inputs to a variety of state, regional, and local
transportation policy and planning efforts. These census transportation data
packages have proved invaluable in understanding characteristics about where
people live and work, their journey-to-work commuting patterns, and the modes
they use for getting to work.
DAMS (Development of
AASHTO Materials Specifications)
DAMS supports the development of new materials standards
and test methods, as well as revisions and updates to current standards,
through assistance from independent technical writers. Funding expedites
the development of these important documents and allows the Materials
Subcommittee to make better use of its volunteer members.
EMTSP (EquipmentManagement Technical Service Program)
EMTSP assists state DOTs in more efficiently managing
their equipment fleets with the goal of yielding significant savings as well as
improved performance and reliability.
ETAP (EnvironmentalTechnical Assistance Program)
ETAP provides cost-effective services and timely
information to assist state DOTs in meeting the difficult challenge of
delivering their transportation programs in a timely and environmentally
Policy and Management Technical Service Program
The Safety program supports member departments’ highway
safety efforts through coordination with other public safety agencies and
highway safety partners to develop and implement programs for improving safety
on all public roads. Activities include Highway Safety Manual development and
implementation, update of the AASHTO Strategic Highway Safety Plan, and efforts
to revise and implement other safety-related publications.
LRFD Bridges and Structures
This program supports maintenance of the LRFD
specifications, as well as other related bridge specifications. Funding is also
used for special studies on bridge design issues, AASHTO staff support to the
Subcommittee on Bridges and Structures, and updates of LRFD design examples.
MTAP (Multi-StateTransit Technical Assistance Program)
MTAP enables state transit agencies to network and
efficiently solve technical problems through a variety of peer exchange
opportunities. MTAP helps state DOTs implement Federal Transit Administration
programs, provides feedback to FTA on implementation issues and best practices,
and creates a professional network to share best practices, receive technical
assistance, and obtain new ideas from other states.
(National Operations Center of Excellence)
The NOCoE will provide the state DOTs with a wide range
of resources related to best practices, training and skills development,
technical assistance, communities of practice, and other opportunities related
to transportation systems management and operation. Information on
high-priority technical areas and opportunities for capacity building will be
delivered through a series of webinars, peer exchanges, and technical support
NTPEP (NationalTransportation Product Evaluation Program)
NTPEP cooperatively tests manufactured transportation
products that are of common interest to all member departments and shares the
results from these laboratory and field evaluations.
SICOP (Snow and IceCooperative Program)
SICOP identifies and funds high priority winter
maintenance research and technology transfer projects. Membership includes the
AASHTO member departments, American Public Works Association (APWA), and the
National Association of County Engineers (NACE).
STEICS (SustainableTransportation: Energy, Infrastructure, and Climate Solutions TechnicalAssistance Program)
STEICS provides timely information, tools, and technical
assistance to assist AASHTO members in meeting the difficult challenges that
arise related to energy efficiency, infrastructure adaptation for extreme and
high weather events, alternative vehicles and fuels, and other relevant topics.
Curriculum Coordination Council)
The purpose of TC3 is to improve training opportunities
for transportation technical workers and to apply innovative measures to reduce
costs and duplication of effort to state and local transportation agencies.
AII (AASHTO Innovation Initiative)
The purpose of the AII is to identify and champion the implementation or
deployment of a select few proven technologies, products or processes
that are likely to yield significant economic or qualitative benefits to
the users. The AII works with the
Standing Committee on Research (SCOR) and the Research Advisory Committee (RAC) as well as others to identify new technologies.
TRAC/RIDES(Transportation and Civil Engineering/Roadways into Developing Eleme
TRAC encourages students in grades 5 through 12 to pursue
higher education and, ultimately, careers in civil engineering and
transportation by providing schools with curriculum enhancements that
demonstrate engineering and transportation principles. RIDES introduces younger
elementary students to engineering and transportation careers through
activities that emphasize classification, sequencing, and graphing process
TSP2 (TransportationSystem Preservation Technical Service Program)
Participation in the TSP2 program helps the state DOTs
preserve their pavements and bridges by helping them develop and implement
their own preservation programs. Program staff field questions and provide
technical guidance on preservation issues such as pavement and bridge
treatments, materials, strategies, and best practices.