News and Updates

Weekly Update for January 16, 2014

Posted January 2014

This week’s update includes stories on how transit ridership rose 1.5 percent in third-quarter 2013 to nearly 2.7 billion trips, a French firm Keolis wins a commuter rail contract in Massachusetts and how SEPTA plans to take the lead over other transit leaders.

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Weekly Update for January 9, 2014

Posted January 2014

This week’s update includes stories on top transportation challenges in 2014, why more people might be willing to leave their vehicles at home and ride the bus, and MTA Metro-North Railroad President Howard Permut plans to step down.

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TWU Workers Ready to Train and Mentor for the Future

Posted December 2013

“TWU Workers Ready to Train and Mentor for the Future” proclaims Local 100 of the Transport Workers in New York City.  A new PowerPoint from the Local urges more and better training for current Local 100 members while also opening up opportunities for training and apprenticeship for members of the community, particularly young people.

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Signals Training Consortium Forges Ahead on Training Program

Posted December 2013

The Signals Training Consortium held its second full meeting last week, December 4-6, in Cleveland.  The consortium brings together 20 public transportation agencies and their unions from across the country to create a standardized training program for signal maintainers.

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Apprenticeship Emerging as Quality Solution to U.S. Skills Shortages

Posted December 2013

Leaders of US industries and national policy makers are increasingly embracing modern apprenticeship as the most effective solution to urgent challenges facing the US workforce:  On the one hand, employers such as transit agencies can’t find enough young workers with technical skills, leading to vacancies and hiring of retirees from other careers.

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