News and Updates

Weekly Update for March 14, 2013

Posted March 2013

This weekly update includes stories on the top eight reasons people give up on transit, CTA’s proposal to train ex-offenders and Metro-north’s major service expansion.

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Weekly Update for March 7, 2013

Posted March 2013

This weekly update includes transportation cuts under the federal sequestration, $3.4 million grant awarded for transit research and why Amtrak is losing so much money each year.

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Transit Elevator/Escalator Courseware Development Team Focuses on ID Skills for “Master Techs”

Posted February 2013

Last week, courseware development team members of the Center’s Transit Elevator/Escalator Training Consortium met in Silver Spring.  The main focus of the meeting was identifying the skills that are needed for “Master Transit Elevator/Escalator Technicians.”

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Center Awarded TCRP Project: National Training & Certification for Vehicle Maintenance Instructors

Posted January 2013

The Transportation Learning Center has been awarded TCRP Project F-19, A National Training and Certification Program for Transit Vehicle Maintenance Instructors, with work to begin in late January 2013. This project will develop a detailed plan for curriculum and written and hands-on certification, along with a business plan for potential implementation in a vehicle maintenance instructor training and certification program.

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Center Among Groups to Receive FTA Transit Workforce Development Funds

Posted January 2013

On January 11, 2013 FTA announced the recipients of $7 million in grants for transit workforce development programs.  The Center received funding for both its submitted proposals and joins the list of 17 organizations in 12 states.  The Center will work specifically on creating a signals training consortium, modeled on the successful work of the transit elevator/escalator training consortium, as well as creating career pathways for young people to enter transit careers and apprenticeship models for career ladder advancement for frontline transit technicians.

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