|Title:||Workforce Development and Succession Planning to Prepare the Rural Transit Industry for the Future|
|Authors:||Del Peterson and Ted Rieck|
|Publication Date:||Jul 2016|
|Keywords:||labor force, survey, personnel development, rural transit|
As America's transportation workforce continues to age, there is an increased need to invest in workforce development to combat the impending retirement tsunami. This is especially true within the small urban and rural transit industry. A national survey of rural transit managers was conducted to determine current workforce development practices as well as succession planning procedures. Viable responses were received from 160 agencies in 40 states. The majority of transit agency managers responding to the survey have been employed by their agency for more than 15 years while 75% of total respondents were 50 years of age or older. One-third of respondents indicated they plan to retire within the next 5 years while only 15% have any viable succession plan in place to combat this high management turnover.
Peterson, Del, and Ted Rieck. Workforce Development and Succession Planning to Prepare the Rural Transit Industry for the Future. University of South Florida, Tampa: National Center for Transit Research, 2016.