News and Events

Transit Elevator/Escalator Consortium Gears Back-Up

Posted November 2014

Last Wednesday November 5, 2014 The Center convened members of the transit elevator/escalator training consortium via webinar to re-start work on the project in light of renewed commitment from FTA.

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Signals Training Consortium Works on Courseware Development in Conjunction with SmartRail Conference

Posted November 2014

The Signals Training Consortium held its fourth full meeting last week, October 27-31, 2014, in Charlotte, NC The consortium brings together 20 public transportation agencies and their unions from across the country to create a standardized training program for signal maintainers.

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Weekly Update for October 30, 2014

Posted November 2014

This week’s update includes stories on transportation and this year’s elections, how americans blow so much money while stuck in traffic and D.C. Bikeshare workers discussing how to unionize and build a nationwide Bikeshare powerhouse.

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APTA focuses on frontline workforce development at the Annual Meeting

Posted October 2014

APTA’s Annual Meeting in Houston October 11-15 focused extensively on the need for training current and future workers in front-line occupations.  Incoming APTA Chair Phil Washington, CEO at Denver RTD, noted the need for both career ladders to help current transit workers advance and for career pathways to bring new workers into transit.

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Transportation Workforce Development Comes to the Top of Federal Agenda

Posted October 2014

On October 7, 2014, close to 200 participants attended a federal forum on Strengthening Skills Training and Career Pathways across the Transportation Industry. This major convening of transportation workforce development experts was held by U.S. Departments of Transportation, Education, and Labor to delve deeply into the present and future workforce needs of all transportation modes.

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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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