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Title:Workforce Development and Driver Shortages in Small Urban and Rural Transit
Authors:Del Peterson and Antonio Molina
Publication Date:Mar 2023
TRID #:01881328
Keywords:public transit, recruiting, rural transit, small cities, surveys, transit operators, workforce development
Type:Research Report



Despite the retirement of transit managers in small urban and rural communities, succession planning to prepare local transit agencies is lacking. Applied research must be developed to provide a smooth transition for the public transportation industry as it moves forward. Current specific workforce shortages need to be considered as well. For example, a lack of qualified drivers in numerous small urban and rural communities has made providing high-quality transit service difficult to nearly impossible. These workforce labor shortages must be addressed or transit service in many small urban and rural areas may cease to exist in its present form.

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