Synthesis of Information Related to Highway Practices. Topic 49-10. Transportation Workforce Planning and Development Strategies

The objective of the study is to synthesize the current state of practice associated with the implementation of surface transportation workforce planning and development strategies. A special effort will be made to identify strategies to help build career pathways in surface transportation including but not limited to young adults, second career professionals, veterans, and encore careerists. Surface transportation for the purposes of this project would include motorized (e.g. automobiles, trucks, buses, rail cars) and non-motorized (e.g. cycling and walking) modes. An underlying aim of the synthesis would be to serve as a document that would help transportation stakeholder groups ensure that workforce planning and development is: (a) well understood in terms of strengths, challenges, needs, and the opportunity – within the industry and among stakeholders; (b) elevated to a pressing public policy level that recognizes the direct links between a well-prepared agile transportation workforce, an effective and efficient transportation system, and the health of every sector of our economy; (c) recognized as a critical source of good jobs and careers that are well distributed geographically across the U.S.; (d) advanced most effectively through building linkages and coalitions between elected officials and key stakeholders in industry, labor, government, and academia; and (e) recognized as the most effective tool to address key enterprise risks regarding workforce sustainability. The synthesis will seek to identify narratives, current practices and lessons learned in the following areas (note this is not an all-inclusive list): (1) Implementation: What initiatives and strategies have been implemented? How were the initiatives and strategies implemented? What were the intended objectives and were they achieved? Who in the workforce was to benefit and what core competencies and skills sets (if any) were addressed? What resources were leveraged to implement these programs ( partnerships, grants, etc)? (2) Impacts: What are the costs and benefits of employing such workforce strategies? What are the direct costs/ indirect? (3) Diversity and Inclusion; (4) Considerations: Demographic or socioeconomic characteristics of the transportation workforce (current and expected); Financial, e.g. securing the funds needed to implement the workforce strategy; Organizational, e.g. collaborating with other agencies with similar workforce needs, organizational culture and climate, interagency collaboration, Internal biases; Technological, e.g. computer skills, advanced technologies and abilities of the workforce; and Safety, e.g. safety concerns related to the use of innovative technology applications. The synthesis will also identify: (1) potential changes in workforce needs as demographics of the workforce shift over time; and (2) use of social media and other avenues of communication to acquire good employees. Information will be gathered by literature review, and a survey of state departments of transportation (DOTs), relevant federal agencies and LTAPs. Five case examples on current practices will also be included in the synthesis. These should highlight successes, challenges and lessons learned. Gaps in information and future research needs will also be covered.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $45000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-05, Topic 49-10

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

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

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    Federal Highway Administration

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

    Garcia-Colberg, Mariela

  • Performing Organizations:

    Eno Center for Transportation

    1710 Rhode Island Avenue, NW Suite 500
    Washington, DC  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Puentes, Robert

  • Start Date: 20171013
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 41614

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01634831
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-05, Topic 49-10
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: May 17 2017 1:00AM