Transportation Workforce Development for State DOTs to Address Congestion for the Southeast Region (Project C4)

Transportation state agencies and other public and private sector employers have consistently identified workforce development on the top of the needed capabilities for the advancement and maturity of the programs. This realization has become even more with the advancement of emerging technologies and strategies and the establishment of associated programs. These technologies and strategies include connected and automated vehicles, Mobility as a Service (MaaS), micro-mobility, electric vehicles, business intelligence, big data, and other such services. The challenges of training the workforce of the future are exacerbated by additional trends in the transportation profession. There is a need for increase in the diversity of the workforce – racial and ethnic, gender, second career professionals, veterans and encore careerists and workers with diverse life skills. Another trend is the differences in wage scales between the public and private sector, which affect the retention of qualified staff at the public agencies. The establishment and maintenance of a workforce with the required knowledge, skills, and abilities require education, training, recruitment, and retention activities that are currently lacking. The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) University transportation centers (UTCs) and academic institutions including both universities and community colleges can play an important role in the success of these activities. The goal of this project is to develop a framework for training and education to support the diverse workforce development needs of the transportation sector in the Southeast region with an emphasis on the role of the academic institutions. The project will identify current and future needs and define the roles of the UTCs, universities, and community colleges in the region in the training and education activities. The proposed effort will build on the national and the Southeast region efforts that have already been done in this regard.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $236590
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Southeastern Transportation Research, Innovation, Development and Education Center (STRIDE)

    University of Florida
    365 Weil Hall
    Gainesville, FL  United States  32611

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    U.S. Department of Transportation Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
    Washington, DC,     20590
  • Project Managers:

    Tucker-Thomas, Dawn

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Florida Transportation Institute

    P.O. Box 116580
    Gainesville, FL  United States  32611
  • Principal Investigators:

    Steiner, Ruth

  • Start Date: 20200801
  • Expected Completion Date: 20210731
  • Actual Completion Date: 20220728
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01768218
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Southeastern Transportation Research, Innovation, Development and Education Center (STRIDE)
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747104
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Mar 25 2021 8:47PM