Frequently Asked Questions


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Q: What is the FLTI?

A: The Federal Lands Transportation Institute (FLTI) is an institute housed within the Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University-Bozeman. It is designed specifically for resource management professionals who face transportation challenges – a “one-stop-shop” for information, training, and technical support.

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Q: Who can use the FLTI?

A: The FLTI is available to anyone as a fee-for-service institute. The FLTI specializes in assisting federal and public agencies that have responsibilities related to public land management, transportation, and resource protection such as Federal Land Management Agencies, as well as, State, local, regional, and tribal governments.

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Q: Who funds the FLTI?

A: The FLTI is a fee-for-service institute, therefore, each project undertaken by the FLTI is paid for by the project's sponsor.

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Q: What services does the FLTI offer?

A: The FLTI's services include:

  • Personalized Technical Assistance. If needed, the FLTI will provide one or more experts to help solve transportation problems at land management areas.
  • Research Projects. The FLTI is available to complete transportation research projects including planning projects, implementation projects, and evaluation projects.
  • Training and Workshops. The FLTI offers training and workshops specifically targeted to the transportation needs of land managers and their staffs. The FLTI’s website also provides a schedule of training events offered by other organizations (click here), as well as, the archived trainings (click here) produced by the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks Technical Assistance Center (TRIPTAC).
  • Documents, Manuals and Technical Information. The FLTI has retained the database of reference materials (click here) compiled by the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks Technical Assistance Center (TRIPTAC), including case studies of transportation projects, guidance for planning transportation projects, syntheses of successful multi-jurisdictional and public-private partnerships, best practices manuals, training manuals, and standards and guidelines for infrastructure implementation.

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Q: Does the FLTI charge for its services?

A: The FLTI is a fee-for-service institute, therefore, each project undertaken by the FLTI is paid for by the project's sponsor.

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Q: Who provides the FLTI services?

A: FLTI services are provided by a team transportation professionals from various programs within the Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University. Their partners include Shapiro Transportation Consulting, LLC and University of Maine Parks, Recreation and Tourism. 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.

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Q: How is the FLTI different from WTI?

A: The FLTI is housed within WTI and is comprised of staff members from WTI. However, the FLTI is specifically geared towards transportation projects for federal and public agencies that have responsibilities related to public land management, transportation, and resource protection.

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Q: What happened to the TRIP Program?

A: The Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks (TRIP) Program which funded alternative transportation planning and implementation grants for Federal Land Management units was repealed when the MAP-21 federal transportation legislation was signed into law on July 6, 2012 by President Obama. The TRIP program was replaced with the Federal Lands Transportation Program (FLTP) and the Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP).

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Q: What happened to TRIPTAC?

A: The Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks Technical Assistance Center (TRIPTAC), which was sponsored by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) through the TRIP Program, and provided free technical assistance to Federal Land Management Agencies (FLMAs) closed on June 30, 2014 after five years in operation. Many of the TRIPTAC's archived resources can be found by clicking here.

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