Synthesis of Information Related to Transit Practices. Topic SF-21. Attracting and Retaining Women in the Transit Workforce

As employment opportunities in transit grow over the next decade and the number of women in the nation’s workforce is increasing, it is imperative to take steps to ensure that women are provided equal opportunity of being hired into and succeeding in transit jobs. A critical first step to ensure success in this areas is to identify strategies currently utilize to remove both the barriers to women’s employment in the transit industry and the challenges they face once employed. Ultimately, the removal of these barriers and challenges is paramount in ensuring the successful recruitment, development, and retention of women into the traditionally male-dominated transit industry. While significant research has explored the underrepresentation of women in the overall transportation industry, less is known about the barriers and challenges women face within transit specifically. Additionally, few resources exist to help transit agencies overcome these barriers and ensure they represent a desirable workplace for women to find and sustain employment. The objective of this research is to explore the strategies that have been deployed to date in transit and related industries in order to recruit and retain women in a variety of roles. The synthesis will explore both barriers to entry and barriers to sustaining a successful, long-term career. The synthesis will seek to identify narratives, current practices and lessons learned in the United States and abroad that address the following areas (note this is not an all-inclusive list): (1) Conceptualization and political will: Who were the key players, internal and external, who were key to identify the importance of women in the workforce and elevate the issue for action? (2) Implementation: What initiatives and strategies have been implemented? How were the initiatives and strategies implemented? (3) Impacts: What are the costs and benefits of employing such strategies? What are the direct costs/ indirect? (4) Considerations: Financial, Organizational, Technological, Safety, etc. Information will be gathered by literature review, and a survey of relevant transit systems that have implemented measures to improve the representation of women in their workforce to gather input on example strategies. 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: Proposed
  • Funding: $45000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project J-07, Topic SF-21

  • 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:

    Garcia-Colberg, Mariela

  • Start Date: 20180604
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01673587
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project J-07, Topic SF-21
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Jun 25 2018 3:03PM