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 not generally provide documents in hard copy. For more information on our publications, please email Julie Deibel, Program Manager,Instructional Design at jdeibel@transportcenter.org

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Issue Briefing: Building Effective Education and Training for America’s Workers

Category: Fact Sheets and Issue Briefs | Posted: Sep, 2009 Read More »
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College or apprenticeship? Drafted in response to President Obama’s challenge for all Americans to complete at least one year of post-secondary education or training, this issue brief shows that graduates of apprenticeship and sector training programs actually have higher earning potential than graduates of community colleges.

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Transit Partnership Pays: Working Together & Everybody Wins

Category: Partnerships | Posted: Sep, 2009 Read More »
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The Center’s partnership-based, data-driven model for developing training reaps enormous gains for transit agencies, workers and the customers of public transportation. This report highlights the abundant evidence that the most successful, cost efficient and durable training systems come from industry based labor-management partnerships.

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Passing on the Legacy: The Benefits of Mentoring in Transit Training

Category: White Papers | Posted: Sep, 2008 Read More »
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Training transit workers reaps benefits for transit agencies, workers and those who ride public transportation. Passing on the Legacy explores the role of mentoring in transit training. The Center profiled three mentoring programs at Portland TriMet, Alameda Contra-Costa Transit District and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA). Varying in size, location and training programs, these three locations prove that mentoring can be a successful tool to hone worker skills in any setting.

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People Make the Hardware Work: Transit Experts Call for Labor-Management Training Partnerships

Category: Partnerships | Posted: Sep, 2008 Read More »
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A summary of findings from the Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP), a service of the U.S. Department of Transportation, the National Academy of Sciences and the American Public Transportation Association.  This short piece outlines five tools for success in labor-management training partnerships:
1. Unions as Partners
2. A Joint Training Strategy
3. Empowering the Workforce
4. Cultivating a Learning Organization
5. Reaching High Performance

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Metrics of Success Series

Category: Research and Metrics | Posted: May, 2008 Read More »
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The Metrics of Success series chronicles measurable outcomes, in particular return on investment, of transit training partnerships in which the Center has had a substantial role. Each Metrics report focuses on quantitative data from a specific partnership, while Transit Partnership Training: Metrics of Success is an overview of key findings from all Metrics reports to date.

Transportation Industry Environmental Scan (2004)

Category: Research and Metrics | Posted: Sep, 2004 Read More »
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The transportation industry has been identified as a high-growth industry, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting a nearly 22 percent employment growth between 2002 and 2012. This report provides a comprehensive scan of the transportation industry including overall industry structure, major sector definitions, key associations, unions and joint workforce development initiatives, and statistics on the industry and its employers and workforce.

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