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What we do

The Kansas University Transportation Center (KUTC) conducts, coordinates, and promotes transportation research, training and technology transfer to the State of Kansas and the surrounding region.

KUTC is a multi-disciplinary center of the University of Kansas operating since 1977. It encompasses several research and technology transfer programs. Primary areas of interest are highway engineering and maintenance, traffic engineering and safety, workforce development, and community transit.

Major programs of the Transportation Center include:


K-TRAN. An annual research program funded by the Kansas Department of Transportation to support research on transportation needs in the State of Kansas.

Training and Technical Assistance

Kansas Local Technical Assistance Program

Kansas Rural Transit Assistance Program

Contact Info

KU Transportation Center
Learned Hall
1536 W. 15th Street - Room G520
Lawrence, Kansas 66045
785-864-5658 (voice)
785-864-3199 (fax)


The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University's programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, IOA@ku.edu, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS 66045, (785) 864-6414, 711 TTY.

What's New?

Kansas Trans Reporter January 2016 now available.
Check out the latest issue of the Kansas Trans Reporter.

Fall 2015 LTAP Newsletter now available
Check out the latest issue of the LTAP newsletter.

Fish Passage Guide
A new 16-page guide for constructing stream crossings on local roads and private drives to provide for fish passage. A cooperative effort of the Kansas Association of Counties, US Fish & Wildlife Service, and Kansas LTAP.

Kansas Local Road Management Handbook 2015
The 2015 edition of the Kansas Local Road Management Handbook (44 pages) is now available for download. This handbook was developed for new road supervisors and county engineers. This guide emphasizes administrative issues, laws, rules and regulations that a road supervisor needs to understand. Produced by Kansas LTAP.

KUTC Program Spotlight
A brief description of the KU Transportation Center and its ongoing programs, including Kansas LTAP and Kansas RTAP.

Summer 2015 LTAP Newsletter now available!
Check out the latest issue of the LTAP newsletter.

Kansas County Roads Scholar Program
The Kansas Roads Scholar Program is underway. Check here for the program brochure and applications for the Level I Technical Skills Program, Level II Supervisory Skills Program, and Level III Executive Development Program.

Field Guide for Rural Roads (Updated 2013)
Field Guide for Rural Roads, updated 2013 by Kansas LTAP.

Green Infrastructure Case Studies
Municipal Policies for Managing Stormwater with Green Infrastructure.

Paving Guide
Helps road departments make an informed decision about when to pave a gravel road.

Guide for Accommodating Utilities within Right-of-Way for Counties & Small Cities
Guide for Accommodating Utilities within Right-of-Way for Counties & Small Cities in Kansas.