Workforce

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More than 13 million jobs—about 9 percent of civilian workforce in the United States—are transportation-related. This workforce pipeline includes a multitude of professions from bus and truck drivers, to autoworkers and engineers, in both motorized and non-motorized modes. Due to industry growth, transportation also has the potential to be a major U.S. job creator. Millions of workers will need to be hired to fill vacancies created by occupational transfers, retirements and other exits. However, certain transportation sectors are already facing critical workforce shortfalls and new governance models sometimes fail to take into consideration adequate protections for existing workers.

Training and Apprenticeships to Address Transit Workforce Gaps

It is well known that public transit in the United States faces a workforce skills crisis. A lot of attention—properly—goes to...

Cultivating the Infrastructure Workforce in the Nation’s Capital

Under the leadership of Mayor Muriel Bowser, The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is working to bring Washington DC’s...

Don’t Just Invest in Infrastructure; Invest in Workers Too

Summer marks the height of construction season. As many of us hit the road, we have probably seen several projects—and...

Preparing Workers For Our Autonomous Vehicle Future

The United States is on the verge of a major technological revolution that will create tremendous opportunities, as well as potential...

How Atlanta is Closing its Driver Gap

The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) is the largest and oldest public transportation agency in the southeast. This...

A Resilient Transportation System Needs a Resilient Workforce

The transport systems that move both people and goods are, for better or for worse, a reflection of the nation as a whole. Economists...

People With Skills: They Really Move Us

Asphalt and track, sensors and signals – these are essential elements of what moves us, but they can never be enough on their own. We...

American Public Transportation Association (APTA): Delivering the Future-Ready Workforce

When I think of workforce development, I am reminded of a quote by Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company. He said: “The...

An Intelligent Workforce For Intelligent Transportation Systems

When I began my career in transportation, one of the biggest challenges I faced, from a workforce perspective, was how to deal with the...

A Perfect Storm Hits the Transportation Infrastructure Workforce

In his bestselling book titled The Perfect Storm, author Sebastian Junger describes how an unusual combination of unrelated...

Looking for Community-Builders: Infrastructure Careers are Lifetime Work

In 2018, the “Introducing Youth to American Infrastructure+ (iyai+)” nonprofit was launched. Iyai+ is a national educational...

Shared Scooters Can Be Good for the Environment… If You Remove the Automobile

August 15, 2019 Since the recent introduction of scooters, some cities have piloted or allowed them on all streets as a potential...

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