News and Events

Center Executive Director Lead Presenter on the Workforce Development Panel - APTA’s Rail Conference

Posted July 2015

On Tuesday June 23, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Center Executive Director Jack Clark led the presentation by the Workforce Development panel at the APTA Rail Conference.  Jack presented data on the overall challenge the industry faces in recruiting and training 126 percent of the current workforce over the next ten years and proposed a national structure of comprehensive training and apprenticeship to address the need.  The panel also included presentations from Metro North, WMATA, LACMTA and EDSI.

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Weekly Update for June 25, 2015

Posted June 2015

This week’s update includes stories on bipartisan coalition of senators introduced a six-year bill that would boost overall spending on U.S. roads and bridges, students learn that it’s cool to ride the bus, Senate confirms Neffenger as new Transportation Security Chief and MBTA kicks off $12.7 million project to replace aging third, rail switch heaters.

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Linking National Bus Maintenance Training Committee Work with Transit Apprenticeship Initiative

Posted June 2015

At the National Bus Maintenance Training Committee meeting in St. Paul, MN on June 10, Center Executive Director Jack Clark offered a presentation on establishing a national system of bus maintenance apprenticeship as a potential future direction for the committee.

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Up skill the Frontline Workforce: Small and Rural Transit Shares Insights at CTAA Expo Workshop

Posted June 2015

Small, rural and tribal agencies face unique challenges recruiting, retaining and cultivating the skills of their frontline operations and maintenance workforce. According to participants to the June 3 workshop at the CTAA Expo in Tampa, FL, the paramount frontline workforce challenge most small properties face is the lack of qualified candidates for bus and van operators and the high turnover rate, largely attributable to the low wages.

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Weekly Update for June 4, 2015

Posted June 2015

This week’s update includes stories on Obama Nominates Feinberg as Next FRA administrator, Los Angeles County MTA OKs $5.56 Billion Budget for Fiscal Year 2016 and San Francisco City Officials Vow to Ride Public Transit for the Next 22 Days.

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Events

Join the Center at the Good Jobs Green Jobs Conference - February 10-11, 2014 in Washington DC

Posted December 2013

At this year’s Good Jobs Green Jobs Conference, The Center will be part of a panel entitled Getting on Track Together: Creating Pathways to Transit and Transportation Careers for Community Members.  Transit agencies face a critical frontline technical workforce shortage in the coming decade, with transit services expanding rapidly and fifty percent of the frontline workforce retiring.  In crisis there is opportunity, as significant numbers of high-wage, high need transportation jobs open up in communities transit serves.  These jobs provide family supportive wages and benefits, accompanied by ongoing training and opportunity for growth and advancement in this inherently green and growing sector.  Panel members will discuss successful career pathways partnership models with management, labor, education, local government and community members and will ask audience members to share their knowledge and experience.

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