The educational and training needs of the public transportation industry are determined by first identifying the components of the industry and then examining in detail the specific needs of each component. The types of skill required are classified into management or operating (dispatchers, bus drivers). The demand for education to meet the needs of consultants and the urban or regional planning agencies has been provided by Universities. There are many University level programs which assist the professional in identifying data on which to base analysis and plan development. A distinction is made between demand and need for trained managers. It is estimated that transit companies need approximately 100 college-trained managers per year during the next 15 to 20 years. If the needs of various levels of government for such men are included, the number would be 200 per year. High school counselors and math and science teachers must be educated so that they may inform sophomores and juniors about opportunities in public transportation. A 4-year bachelor's program in either an engineering or business college within a university could provide the education for potential managers. Many universities have interdisciplinary degree programs where an educational program may be planned which involves persons in more than one college. A need exists for the development within the university or public transportation course content material such as course outlines, bibliographies, texts, case studies and audio-visual materials. Suggestions have been made for development of this material in cooperation with the transit companies, and for a clearinghouse for curriculum materials. The question of financial support for students is also discussed. During the on-the-job training periods, the student should be rotated from one department to another. The need is expressed for better communication and interaction between persons who are involved in providing public transportation and the faculty of the university teaching public transportation. Recommendations are presented.

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    • Appeared in Issues in Public Transportation, proceeding of a conference held by the Highway Research Board at Henniker, New Hampshire, July 9-14, 1972. Distribution, posting, or copying of this PDF is strictly prohibited without written permission of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences. Unless otherwise indicated, all materials in this PDF are copyrighted by the National Academy of Sciences. Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved.
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    • Grecco, William L
    • Satterly Jr, Gilbert T
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  • Publication Date: 1974

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  • Pagination: pp 119-123
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  • Created Date: Sep 19 1981 12:00AM