NATIONAL VALIDATION OF A TEST BATTERY FOR MALE TRANSIT BUS OPERATORS

The major objectives of this research project were to establish valid procedures for the selection of applicants who would have the most potential for successful performance as bus operators in an urban transportation authority, to investigate the validity and equitability of the selection procedure for applicants from all racial groups represented in the study, and to investigate the applicability of the procedure for the five authorities which participated (the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, the Chicago Transit Authority, the Cleveland Transit System, and the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District District). The validity of the procedure for female drivers was not investigated because of the small number employed when the study was initiated. Therefore, the study was implemented for White, Black and Spanish-surnamed males. However, a follow-up study is presently underway to validate the test battery for female operators. Both concurrent and predictive performance-criterion validation models were employed, and within each model both primary and cross-validity coefficients were calculated. The results of the two validation models were essentially similar. Results of the implementation of the selection equation based on the total sample in the current validation model indicate that the test battery rejects approximately the same percentage of applicants from each of the three racial groups. The Appendix shows an agenda for the two-day Workshop conducted by the Industrial Relations Center, and the conclusion of the study is that most companies placed little, if any, emphasis on recruitment of minorities, and also that at present, there is a list of people waiting to be hired, and this surplus makes this validation study more imperative and urgent. /UMTA/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This report was sponsored by the DOT, Urban Mass Transportation Administration.
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Chicago

    Industrial Relations Center, 1225 East 60th Street
    Chicago, IL  USA  60615
  • Authors:
    • Baehr, M E
  • Publication Date: 1976-6

Media Info

  • Pagination: 367 p.

Subject/Index Terms

  • TRT Terms: Bus drivers; Testing; Validity
  • Uncontrolled Terms: Selecting
  • Subject Areas: Highways; Operations and Traffic Management; Public Transportation; Safety and Human Factors;

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00182460
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-MA06-0011-77-1 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-UT-289
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 12 1981 12:00AM