Using an efficient gene targeting approach, we developed a novel mouse line that expresses the tetracycline-controlled transactivator (tTA) from the constitutively active Eef1a1 locus in a Cre recombinase-inducible manner. The temporally and spatially controlled expression of the EF1-LSL-tTA knockin and activation of tTA-driven responder transgenes was tested using four transgenic lines that express Cre under tissue-specific promoters of the pancreas, mammary gland and other secretory tissues, as well as an interferon-inducible promoter. In all models, the endogenous Eef1a1 promoter facilitated a cell-type-specific activation of target genes at high levels without exogenous enhancer elements. The applicability of the EF1-LSL-tTA strain for biological experiments was tested in two studies related to mammary gland development and tumorigenesis. First, we validated the crucial role of active STAT5 as a survival factor for functionally differentiated epithelial cells by expressing a hyperactive STAT5 mutant in the mammary gland during postlactational remodeling. In a second experiment, we assessed the ability of the EF1-tTA to initiate tumor formation through upregulation of mutant KRAS. The collective results show that the EF1-LSL-tTA knockin line is a versatile genetic tool that can be applied to constitutively express transgenes in specific cell types to examine their biological functions at defined developmental stages.