Impacts of Connected Vehicles and Automated Vehicles on State and Local Transportation Agencies--Task-Order Support. Preparing the Transportation Workforce for the Deployment of Emerging Technology

New transportation technologies are creating connective networks that merge the physical and digital worlds of transportation. The pace at which these technologies are evolving is creating workforce challenges for the transportation industry seeking to deploy, operate, and maintain these technologies. These include but are not limited to the technologies related to the deployment of connected and autonomous vehicles, mobility-at-a-service, and new mobility devices. Technological advancements in transportation require appropriate expertise to plan and deploy during all phases of the transportation infrastructure and service delivery process. While transportation agencies are increasingly sophisticated in the deployment of information technology (IT) and intelligent transportation systems (ITS), the pace of change and the complexity of new mobility systems require novel expertise to the industry that challenges the capability of today’s transportation workforce. While some transportation agencies are fairly advanced in their workforce capabilities, others find themselves with limited expertise and seeking to build internal competencies to respond adequately to market trends. While considerable research has been completed on workforce challenges and development in transportation, targeted research is needed to build the workforce capacity to develop, operate, and maintain new transportation technologies. The objective of this research is to develop a comprehensive, practical guide for transportation agency recruitment, hiring, development, and retention of a workforce proficient in developing and deploying complex transportation technology and systems. The guide should address short-term and long-term strategies for workforce development, including consideration of how and when to outsource in addition to or in place of building capacity internally. The guide should address the full spectrum of milestones involved in human resource development at a transportation agency, such as: creating position descriptions; developing and implementing training programs; and developing staff recruitment and retention programs that respond to technology deployment needs. The guide should include one or more decision frameworks for integrating needed capabilities into a transportation agency’s workforce, useful for addressing current workforce challenges as well as for building capacity into the future as technology evolves.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $300000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-102(20)

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

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

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Weeks, Jennifer

  • Start Date: 20220801
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01693008
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-102(20)
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Feb 18 2019 3:05PM