Modernizing Transit Station Staffing Management

Many transit staffing practices are a legacy continuance of pre-modern technology practices. Staffing of transit stations is a good example, with agencies continuing to staff stations with stationary agents based in enclosed booths. Technology has been introduced to station management in the form of fare payment, customer information, security, and customer service. These introductions, however, have not changed the practice of stationary agents in booths. Some agencies have added staff to handle security and fare evasions and even to sell fare payment options like commuter checks and discount passes. Staffing stations is very costly and needs to be revisited and reengineered. With cameras and modern communications tools, the opportunity exists to redefine how stations are staffed and how best to use technology. What staffing functions are needed at modern transit stations? Do these differ from busy downtown stations to lower volume suburban stations with regular riders? How does stationary staffing better serve ADA assistance needs and emergency incident response? Would staffing resources be better used as roving ambassadors rather than in stationary booths? How might evolving technology be used to better manage stations? Public transit systems, at their core, are customer service systems with FTA’s “placing the customer first” a good example of this prime function. Transitioning station staffing to meet modern needs should also be sensitive to disruptive labor impacts. The objectives of this research are to (1) review current station staff management practices; (2) compare these practices to current and foreseeable future needs of riders, neighboring communities, and transit agencies; and (3) identify how current and manifesting new technologies might be used to better deploy staff resources at transit stations.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $250000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project F-31

  • 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:

    Parker, Stephan

  • Start Date: 20221213
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01866943
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project F-31
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Dec 13 2022 9:17AM