Zero-Emission Vehicles: New Tech, New Skills, New Jobs

Public transportation agencies throughout the United States are introducing and expanding zero-emission fleets and supporting technologies. With the move to zero-emission fleets, public transportation agencies of all sizes must be forward-looking. Public transportation agencies will need to train current employees and hire new employees with relevant education and training to plan, operate, and maintain zero-emission fleets and technologies to help decarbonize the transportation sector. It is important that employees feel supported and valued as public transportation agencies introduce and expand zero-emission fleets. Support may differ for employees at various stages of their careers, in different positions and levels within the organization, and at varying levels of education and qualifications. Suitable training approaches should be considered and pursued, consistent with agency and employee needs. Research is needed to assess: (1) What educational, training, and development approaches have historically been effective and can be more widely used by public transportation agencies operating and expanding zero-emission fleets; (2) Which cutting-edge approaches can help train and develop public transportation employees to operate and maintain zero-emission fleets; (3) What role can be played by larger public transportation agencies, unions, and public-private partnerships in a state or region to leverage their training capabilities for zero-emission fleets to help mid-sized and small agencies; and (4) What role could original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of the equipment used in zero-emission fleets play in supporting and developing public transportation agency workforce. The objective of this research is to develop a useful resource for public transportation agencies to use as they transition to new skills and new jobs for planning, operating, and maintaining zero-emission fleets and technologies for all modes.  


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $100000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project J-11, Task 46

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Transit Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Schwager, Dianne

  • Performing Organizations:

    International Transportation Learning Center

    Silver Spring,   United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Schiavone, John

  • Start Date: 20231201
  • Expected Completion Date: 20250601
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01866942
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project J-11, Task 46
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Dec 13 2022 9:13AM