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

White Papers

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.

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.

Frontline Workforce Training and Career Pathways Gaining Traction

Category: White Papers | Posted: May, 2012 Read More »
Frontline Workforce Training and Career Pathways Gaining Traction Preview Image

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.


Establishing Guidelines for Quality Training: Elements of Effective Training Programs

Category: White Papers | Posted: Apr, 2010 Read More »
Establishing Guidelines for Quality Training: Elements of Effective Training Programs Preview Image

A system of training elements can provide a framework for the implementation of quality transit training programs. This paper describes a system of training elements based on several national models for training program review and accreditation. In the future, the use of training program guidelines may lead to an established process for industry training program accreditation for college credit and apprenticeship, as well as an established precondition for possible future testing and qualification.


Training for Transportation Technicians: Which Delivery Methods Work Best?

Category: White Papers | Posted: Apr, 2010 Read More »
Training for Transportation Technicians: Which Delivery Methods Work Best? Preview Image

What is the most effective way to train transit technicians? This paper aims to answer that question - going beyond the most common method of instruction, classroom lecture where instructors talk and students just listen and desperately try to grasp all of the conceptual information delivered to them in rapid succession. At the other end of the spectrum is the “sink or swim” approach where students are thrown into the job to work alongside veterans to pick up their good, or bad methods. Somewhere in the middle is a better, blended approach, where classroom lecture is continually complemented by interactive hands-on demonstrations and followed by structured on the job training (OJT) and mentoring.