A brief history of CTRE


The Local Transportation Information Center (LTIC) begins at Iowa State University in 1983 as one of the Federal Highway Administration's 10 original Rural Technical Assistance Programs (later, the Local Technical Assistance Program, or LTAP). Under the leadership of Dr. Stanley Ring, this $100,000-a-year technology transfer program serves Iowa's local transportation agencies and rural transit departments. 


Dr. Ring retires and Dr. Tom Maze becomes the LTIC director. A second major transportation program comes to Iowa State University when a consortium led by Iowa State wins the University Transportation Center Program (UTCP) grant for the region including Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The UTCP grant funds the Midwest Transportation Center, under the direction of Dr. Benjamin Allen. 

Early 1990s

Dr. Allen leaves Iowa State, and Dr. Maze assumes the directorship of the UTCP grant in 1990. In 1992 the LTAP and UTCP activities are merged under one organizational structure, the Iowa Transportation Center (ITC), with Dr. Maze as director. A strong partnership with the Iowa Department of Transportation continues to grow, and the ITC's overall research , education, and outreach programs flourish. Divisions are established in advanced transportation technologies and in information planning and information systems. 

Mid 1990s

The UTCP grant is awarded to another consortium in 1994, but by now the ITC has matured into a nationally recognized, multimillion-dollar-a-year program in its own right with divisions in outreach, advanced technologies, and planning and information systems. In 1995 the center's name is changed to the Center for Transportation Research and Education (CTRE). 


In 1997 CTRE signs a multiyear agreement with the Iowa Department of Transportation to regularize the department's financial support of CTRE's programs and to streamline contracting arrangements between the two organizations. The two partners also begin a unique "shared faculty" program, funding faculty in key transportation-related disciplines to conduct research at CTRE/Iowa State University and provide support to Iowa DOT staff.


The 1999-2000 fiscal year is a watershed. The center wins the UTCP grant for the next five years and, together with its UTCP partners, establishes the Midwest Transportation Consortium. 

CTRE establishes several new divisions-pavements, bridges and structures, traffic engineering and traffic safety, and policy-and moves into a 14,000-square-foot facility with a geographic information systems laboratory, a computer training laboratory, a videoconference room, and improved office and conferencing space for staff and affiliate faculty. 

Mr. Stephen Andrle succeeds Dr. Maze as CTRE's director. 

Expanding its traditional partnership with the Iowa Department of Transportation to include Iowa's concrete paving industry, CTRE receives financial support and creates an important new program: the Center for Portland Cement Concrete Pavement Technology.


CTRE was designated an ISU institute effective March 31, 2009, which led to a corresponding name change to the Institute for Transportation.

CTRE still exists after this change, but it exists as a center underneath the InTrans umbrella. After this change, CTRE still includes three programs: Geospatial Safety Information Systems Program, the Program for Roadway Infrastructure Management and Operations (RIMOS), and Sustainable Transportation Systems Program (STSP).


CTRE is an Iowa State University center, administered by the Institute for Transportation.

Address: 2711 S. Loop Drive, Suite 4700, Ames, IA 50010-8664

Phone: 515-294-8103
FAX: 515-294-0467

Website: www.ctre.iastate.edu/

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