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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Veteran Skills Crosswalk - Vets Make Quality Signal Maintainers

Category: | Posted: Nov, 2016 Read More »
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The Center’s analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data has shown that the transportation industry in large will likely see a massive front-line labor shortage in the next ten years unless it is able to find and hire skilled workers.  In fact, it is estimated that 126 percent of Today’s transit workforce will have to be hired and trained in the next ten years.

In order to help fill this need, the center has produced a Veterans Crosswalk tool which matches skill-sets learned during military service with the kinds of skills that public transportation agencies look for when hiring signals maintainers. This product (screen shot shown here) was produced in cooperation with a Veterans Taskforce made up of veterans who are also Subject Matter Experts in the field of Signals Maintenance.

This detailed matrix has been distilled down into a user-friendly Veteran’s Factsheet which provides at-a-glance information for both veterans interested in a signals career and for agencies looking to hire skilled veterans.

For more information, contact Program Coordinator Kenyon Corbett @

The Transit Elevator-Escalator Training Consortium: A Model for Successful Training Development

Category: Partnerships | Posted: May, 2016 Read More »
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A report on the process, products and outcomes related to the first National consortium for development of training for public transportation maintenance employees.  This joint labor-management effort set a proven model for multiple other similar consortia.  Products include - instruction ready courseware, a nationally recognized apprenticeship program for transit maintenance elevator/escalator maintainers and train-the-trainer program.

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.

Learning by Doing

Category: | Posted: Jun, 2016 Read More »

Today, formal training is absolutely essential to produce technicians capable of providing safe, efficient and cost-effective transport services. The consequences of jeopardizing passenger and public safety are just too great to turn inexperienced workers loose on advanced transit vehicles without proper training, hoping they will learn “as they go.” The question becomes how best to construct an effective training program. This paper examines the subject of technical training and advocates “learning by doing” as an essential element to acquiring needed technical knowledge and skills. It stands to reason that someone attracted to becoming a technician is interested in working with his or her hands. Training, therefore, should make use of that natural inclination and engage students in hands-on activities throughout the entire learning process.

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.