What We Do

Transportation Learning Center is the only national organization that focuses on the frontline workforce in public transportation and transportation in general.  It is the only organization funded by the Federal Transit Administration, the US Department of Labor, and the Transit Cooperative Research Program to develop and support technical training partnerships for today’s and tomorrow’s front-line work force.  Since 2001, the Center has:

• sponsored or supported local and statewide training partnerships in 12 states, provided over 27,000 training opportunities for transit mechanics

• developed national training standards for six frontline maintenance and operations occupations

• created national frameworks for apprenticeship with mentoring and train-the-trainer for bus, rail vehicle and elevator-escalator technicians

• established an industry-wide Consortium for developing training materials for elevator-escalator technicians and initiated a broad-based proposal for a Signals training consortium (and broad interest in follow-on consortium work in fields like traction power and rail vehicle maintenance).

In more recent years, the Center has also started to develop additional programs that build on the partnerships for incumbent worker training:

• Safety, safety culture, and safety and health, expanding the reach of data-driven, problem-solving partnerships into new critical areas of joint interest to transit labor and management

• Career Pathways programs, using industry training standards and hands-on learning modules to motivate and educate in-school youth and other community members for future careers in frontline transit and other transportation occupations.