Understanding Diversity within the Transit Industry: Establishing a Baseline of Diversity Demographics

This project primarily aims to develop baseline information on the diversity of the transit agency workforce in the USA and will also seek to identify potential barriers to diversifying this workforce. This inquiry will focus on gender and race/ethnicity diversity of the workforce. Public transit agencies, which are public-benefit corporations organized to provide transportation within a region or service area, function best when the diversity of their workforce—board members, executives, managers, administrators, operators, mechanics, contractors—represents the communities they serve. A diverse workforce can engender diverse perspectives, innovation, improved staff recruitment and retention, and better matches between agency and customer goals. Although there is piecemeal evidence that the transit workforce is less diverse than the communities they serve, there is limited industry-wide data on the current demographics of the transit agency workforce, as well as little information on the barriers to achieving greater diversity. This research will help to fill this gap.

    Language

    • English

    Project

    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $97301
    • Contract Numbers:

      69A3551747127

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Managing Organizations:

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Performing Organizations:

      Mineta Consortium for Transportation Mobility

      San Jose State University
      San Jose, CA  United States  95112
    • Principal Investigators:

      Loukaitou-Sideris, Anastasia

      Agrawal, Asha

      Blumenberg, Evelyn

    • Start Date: 20220201
    • Expected Completion Date: 20230131
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01832283
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Mineta Consortium for Transportation Mobility
    • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747127
    • Files: UTC, RIP
    • Created Date: Jan 5 2022 2:29AM