Publications and Reports

As an advocate of the labor-management training partnership model, the Center supports its programs and mission through research and information ranging from broad overviews of public transportation, training and partnerships to technical white papers to research briefs and metrics reports on the benefits of labor-management training partnerships.

All publications are available for viewing or download as free PDF files, but the Center does have many available in hard copy as well. For more information on our publications or to order hard copies, please email Julie Deibel,  Program Manager,Instructional Design at

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Registered Apprenticeship for Rail Car Technicians - National Frame Work, Local Implementation

Category: | Posted: Apr, 2016 Read More »

As presented at the March 2016 Meeting of the National Rail Car Training Consortium, this presentation gives guidance to transit locations on the benefits of apprenticship and how to locally implement the nationally recognized framework.

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Mentoring Guidebook

Category: Case StudiesPartnershipsFact Sheets and Issue BriefsResearch and MetricsWhite Papers | Posted: Mar, 2015 Read More »

The purpose of this report is to serve as a guidebook, offering information that transit agencies can use to establish mentoring as a training method with guidance, suggestions, and examples to implement or expand upon existing mentoring programs. It is based on a generic mentoring guidebook developed by the USDOT, modified and enhanced to reflect transit maintenance applications.

Establishing a National Transit Industry Rail Vehicle Technician Qualification Program

Category: Research and Metrics | Posted: Jul, 2014 Read More »

Meeting the challenge of developing fully qualified transit rail car maintenance technicians is the goal of Transit Cooperative Research Project (TCRP) E-7, Developing an Industry-Wide System of Qualification for Transit Rail Car Technicians – Building for Success. The best answer, fine tuned by transit industry experts working on this project, is a new multi-part, industry-wide system of qualification. This system brings together a broad range of training components including:
•  National training standards
•  Progressive classroom curriculum and courseware integrated with structured on-the-job learning,
•  A credential management system that keeps track of the worker’s training experience and skills
•  Apprenticeship frameworks with well designed sequences of learning, support of learners by trained mentors, and specialized training for instructors.

Pathways to Equity: Effective Transportation Career Partnerships

Category: White Papers | Posted: Jan, 2014 Read More »

Through the generous support of the Rockefeller Foundation, The Leadership Conference Education Fund awarded a seed grant to The Transportation Learning Center for the research, writing and production of this report. Expanding access to quality careers in transit systems and in transit capital construction has been the focus of innovative local programs around the country in recent years. This report presents case profiles of two of the most promising examples – one for youth Career Pathways into transit industry careers, and one for targeted construction hiring and training of disadvantaged workers for transit capital projects. This report focuses on two local case profiles for transit Career Pathways: a Project Labor Agreement in Los Angeles providing expanded access to jobs and training for public transportation capital construction, and a youth Career Pathways partnership in Philadelphia linking career and technical education with future transit careers. Both of these models, if taken to scale in the transit industry, can have positive impacts, locally and nationally, for improving access to family-sustaining careers and training and for improving educational outcomes for disadvantaged groups – urban low-income and minority groups as well as women – who have previously been under-represented in these occupations.

Method and Processes for Transit Training Metrics and Return on Investment

Category: Research and Metrics | Posted: Oct, 2012 Read More »

This guidebook is developed by the Transportation Learning Center to help transit agencies determine benefits and return on investment (ROI) stemming from their training programs. When calls are being made to cut or even eliminate training for vehicle operators and technicians, training departments are finding it necessary to justify their existence. Applying a five-level assessment methodology, the guidebook illustrates the training benefits derived from over 12,000 training opportunities provided to technical occupations by the Keystone Transit Training Partnership formed in Pennsylvania. Results, which include a return of five to 12 times the training investment, serve as an example of what other agencies could demonstrate in terms of quantifia ble training benefits. The five-level procedure offered in the guidebook is progressive, beginning with rather easy steps agencies can take to prove the value of training and building from there depending on available resources.

Transit Green Jobs Training Partnership

Category: Partnerships | Posted: Aug, 2012 Read More »
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The Department of Labor selected the Transportation Learning Center as a Green Jobs funds recipient because the Center has been at the forefront of addressing the issue of insufficient training in the transit industry and building constructive partnerships between labor and management to address this critical issue. The grant succeeded in creating new training approaches and providing training to thousands of workers in key transit occupations, with a consistent focus on greening the economy and our communities.

The Green Jobs Training Partnership is built on the Center’s successful model of creating and supporting labor-management partnerships to plan and deliver transit training that provides instruction based on national standards. The Partnerships plan and carry out training, to help transit employees obtain the skills they need to stay current in an industry that is ever changing.


Frontline Workforce Training and Career Pathways Gaining Traction

Category: White Papers | Posted: May, 2012 Read More »
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The two most urgent workforce development priorities for the frontline workforce in transit (and transportation) are (1) developing a systematic approach to more and better training for the blue collar technical workforce and (2) creating broadly available career pathways linking education and industry for jobs that don’t require a 4-year college degree. Major national attention has focused on both priorities recently.


National Joint Transit Rail Vehicle Standards Committee Report

Category: Partnerships | Posted: May, 2012 Read More »
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After seven years of diligent effort the transit industry’s National Committee on Transit Rail Car Training Standards has released its Findings and Recommendations for Implementing Standards-Driven, Partnership-Based Training.  This important document is the product of joint transit management and union subject matter experts working together to develop better industry training and thus a more efficient and effective frontline rail vehicle maintenance technician cadre.

Bus Operator Restroom Use Case Study

Category: Case Studies | Posted: Feb, 2012 Read More »
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In collaboration with the Bus Operator National Joint Training Standards Committee, the Center is please to present Bus Operator Restroom Use, a case study and compendium of practitioner resources on restroom use, including a history of restroom use policy at Minneapolis Metro Transit. The resources in this report also include a model community restroom licensing agreement, route-specific restroom locations chart, and example collective bargaining language.

Quality Training Pays: Training Investment Pays for Itself Six Times Over

Category: Fact Sheets and Issue Briefs | Posted: Jun, 2011 Read More »
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You never know how well you are doing until you find metrics with which you can measure outcomes. The Transportation Learning Center has capitalized on this insight through a series of in-depth research reports chronicling work by labor-management partnerships in Philadelphia, PA and Albany, NY. This fact sheet outlines these findings and shows an astonishing return on training investment - 745%.