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

Women have traditionally been underrepresented in the transit workforce. As career opportunities in transit grow, it is imperative that women are hired and succeed in transit jobs. A critical first step to ensure success in these areas is to remove barriers to entry and address challenges women face once employed. Additional resources are needed to help transit agencies overcome barriers to cultivate 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, retain and advance women in a variety of roles. The synthesis will seek to identify narratives, current practices and lessons learned in transit and other industries that address the following areas (note this is not an all-inclusive list): Current barriers (state of the industry); Culture, initiative or strategies to recruit, retain and advance women; Evidence of how the culture is reinforced; Initiatives and strategies implemented: keyplayers, process to identify barriers/ challenges, outcomes, resources needed (costs, staffing, technology, etc.); Impacts to the organization ( policy and procedures, female perspective included, customer satisfaction, employee morale, etc.); Other considerations: union vs. non-union, front line and/ or administration, individual contributors vs. management/leadership, operation vs. maintenance. Information will be gathered by literature review, and a survey to identify transit systems that have built a culture or implemented strategies to recruit, retain or advance women. A variety of case examples to include groups represented under other considerations 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 in the study.


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  • Status: Active
  • 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

  • Performing Organizations:

    ICF Incorporated

  • Principal Investigators:

    Alexander, Allison

  • Start Date: 20181018
  • 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