Extending and Deepening National Transit Training Standards

The transit industry is experiencing a period of resurgence and growth. As ridership continues to grow, transit agencies are deploying new technologies to serve passengers that expect highly responsive, environmentally appealing and safe transit services. As newer and more convenient transit systems are deployed, agencies are faced with the need to operate and maintain equipment that is becoming more complex. This calls for a workforce that is constantly being trained and retrained on new equipment, even at a time when many existing workers are fast approaching retirements and when the industry has to recruit new workers in highly competitive labor markets. These opportunities and challenges are made more complicated by the fact that many of today's younger and less experienced workers have little understanding of the new technical requirements of transportation systems as few schools provide this type of training. As a result, transit agencies are finding that they must continuously train their maintenance mechanics and technicians to develop the needed skills. Most recently, transit managers and labor representatives are working in partnerships to address the growing skills shortages affecting transit by identifying training requirements and developing national standards for bus and rail maintenance occupations. The Community Transportation Center (CTC) has served as a key facilitator for the labor-management partnerships in developing these standards. To date, working in concert with APTA, joint labor-management national training standards have been developed for 8 of the 11 key areas of bus maintenance corresponding to ASE testing for bus maintenance certification. Working closely with APTA and the major transit unions, the CTC is also facilitating the development of training standards for four transit rail maintenance occupations. Training modules for each of these areas are scheduled be completed in late 2007 and throughout 2008. This proposal is to take transit maintenance standards to the next level by developing activities that further the implementation of standards within the transit maintenance community. Each of the proposed activities is intended to foster the application of national maintenance training standards as examples of best practices. <br /><br /></font></p><p> </p>


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project E-08

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590

    Transit Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Jenks, Christopher

  • Performing Organizations:

    Transportation Learning Center

  • Principal Investigators:

    Clopton, Lewis

  • Start Date: 20080714
  • Actual Completion Date: 20091013
  • Source Data: RiP Project 15467

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01462746
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project E-08
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:09PM