The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency’s (NOACA) Technical Assistance (TA) Program offers NOACA staff planning expertise on community-based multimodal transportation projects. The program improves the safety, efficiency, and preservation of the transportation system for all users, and improves the quality of life in the region.
TA projects will produce implementable recommendations within an attainable budget. Communities participating in the TA program will be encouraged to pursue innovative solutions.
NOACA’s Technical Assistance program consists of both a planning and engineering focus.
- TLCI Technical Assistance is the allocation of NOACA staff time, instead of a TLCI Planning Grant, to complete a planning study. TLCI TA Applications are accepted with TLCI Planning Grant applications (normally accepted starting in October).
- Traffic Safety & Operations Technical Assistance is the allocation of NOACA staff engineering assistance with traffic safety and/or operations concerns (including, but not limited to, traffic signal evaluations, signal warrant analysis, striping plan development, road diet feasibility, safety audit, speed zone analysis, access management, and parking analysis). Traffic Safety & Operations TA applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
Both types of TA applications will be reviewed annually with the TLCI applications in order to appropriately budget available staff time. In the event that additional staff time were to become available during the year, applications on file will be reviewed and considered for selection.
Technical Assistance Policy
Technical Assistance Policy (Adopted June 12, 2015)
Eligible applicants include: political subdivisions, other state agencies, boards, commissions, regional transit authorities, county transit boards and port authorities. Non-implementing governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations (i.e. Community Development Corporations [CDCs], non-profits, and advocacy organizations) must partner with the eligible governmental entity having jurisdiction over the proposed project to co-sponsor a TA request. Only eligible applicants can complete the TA application and assume responsibility for entering into an agreement with NOACA to carry out the project.
The total budget and staff resources for the TA program will be determined annually with the development of the Overall Work Program. To effectively manage the program, the NOACA Executive Director may limit staff time available within a specific fiscal year. Project sponsors are not required to provide any financial contribution or local match to receive Technical Assistance. A Technical Assistance Schedule will soon be available.
Completed Technical Assistance Projects
View a map of completed TA studies by selecting "Technical Assistance Projects" under the planning icon in NOACA's GIS Portal.