The Transportation Learning Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving public transportation at the national level and within communities. To accomplish this mission, the Center builds labor-management training partnerships that improve organizational performance, expand workforce knowledge, skills and abilities, and promote career advancement.
Statement of Purpose
The Transportation Learning Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving public transportation by committed investment at the national and local levels in frontline technical workers. We facilitate, lead and support activities that benefit all stakeholders in public transportation, through:
• Labor-management partnerships that create high-quality workforce training programs leading to high-performance organizations based in collaborations that support employee voice, engagement and commitment;
• Cutting-edge research and evaluation of human capital investment and its outcomes in public transportation;
• National training standards created through joint labor-management industry consortia that improve organizational performance, advance workers’ skills, knowledge and abilities and ensure safe, efficient and well-maintained public transportation systems that drive and serve high consumer demand for public transport options;
• Career ladder programs that create opportunities for incumbent workers to advance through training and education;
• Career pathways into public transportation jobs that provide living wages and benefits, with an emphasis on access to those jobs and continuing education and training for young people and men and women from disadvantaged populations served by public transportation;
• Greener work processes that create more sustainable communities.
Center Executive Director Lead Presenter on the Workforce Development Panel - APTA’s Rail Conference
Posted July 2015
On Tuesday June 23, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Center Executive Director Jack Clark led the presentation by the Workforce Development panel at the APTA Rail Conference. Jack presented data on the overall challenge the industry faces in recruiting and training 126 percent of the current workforce over the next ten years and proposed a national structure of comprehensive training and apprenticeship to address the need. The panel also included presentations from Metro North, WMATA, LACMTA and EDSI.
Weekly Update for June 25, 2015
Posted June 2015
This week’s update includes stories on bipartisan coalition of senators introduced a six-year bill that would boost overall spending on U.S. roads and bridges, students learn that it’s cool to ride the bus, Senate confirms Neffenger as new Transportation Security Chief and MBTA kicks off $12.7 million project to replace aging third, rail switch heaters.
Linking National Bus Maintenance Training Committee Work with Transit Apprenticeship Initiative
Posted June 2015
At the National Bus Maintenance Training Committee meeting in St. Paul, MN on June 10, Center Executive Director Jack Clark offered a presentation on establishing a national system of bus maintenance apprenticeship as a potential future direction for the committee.