News and Events

Center Report on Bus Operator Health and Retention Published by TRB

Posted August 2014

Extensive research undertaken by the Transportation Learning Center in the past two years has led to the official publication of TCRP Report 169: Developing Best-Practice Guidelines for Improving Bus Operator Health and Retention. This combined report and practice manual address health and safety issues common throughout the transit industry, and describes approaches that transit organizations in the United States and Canada have taken to address health problems faced by transit employees.

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Career Pathways/Ladders Conference Can Accept A Few More Participants for September 17 Round Table

Posted August 2014

The Transportation Learning Center is offering the opportunity for a limited number of interested transit agency and labor representatives to participate in a cutting-edge Career Pathways/Career Ladders conference on Wednesday,  September 17 in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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Two More Signals Training Consortium Courses Piloted

Posted August 2014

In July, Signals Consortium members piloted two more courses:
*  Course 102: Introduction and Overview of Switches and Derails was
    piloted at MBTA in Boston
*  Course 103: Introduction and Overview of Train Stops was piloted at
    GCRTA in Cleveland

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Center Report on Establishing a National Rail Vehicle Technician Qualification Program Now Available

Posted August 2014

For the past five years, the Center has worked to establish a nationally recognized qualification system for rail vehicle technicians, as part of an effort to develop standards-based training for all frontline technical occupations in US public transportation.  This work was made possible by funding from the Transportation Research Board (TRB).

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Center Expertise in Training & Partnership Building Contribute to Summer Job Program at MBTA

Posted July 2014

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) are partnering with local, state, and national level organizations, including the Transportation Learning Center,  to create a transportation-focused pathway for students from high school into secondary education and perhaps into a career in transportation. 

Dr. Scott, who has long served on the Board of the Transportation Learning Center, reached out to Brian Turner and Jack Clark, Director and Deputy Director of the Center.  The Center’s expertise on effective systems of training for front-line transit workers has helped to shape the TranSTEM initiative.

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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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