Resource Center

The Transit Workforce Center is pleased to host a curated collection of publications and other materials to assist stakeholders engaged in transit workforce development. The Resource Center includes case studies, training materials, research reports, and other materials of interest, including publications produced by federal government agencies, transit organizations, and independent research entities. Resources may be filtered by topic, resource type, and transit mode. This TWC blog post explains how to use the Resource Center.

We are continuing to update the Resource Center regularly. Please contact us via the Request Help menu option if you would like assistance using the Resource Center or are looking for resources on a particular topic. We also welcome suggestions of topics or specific resources to add.

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Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office FOA to Advance the National Clean Hydrogen Strategy

Administering Agency: US Department of Energy

Posted Date: Jan 24, 2024

Closing Date for Applications: Mar 15, 2024

Funding Range: Total funds available:  $59,000,000 — Grant award maximum:  $10,000,000, Grant award minimum: $250,000

Geographic Scope: National

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Description: This FOA focuses on: advancing fueling infrastructure for medium- and heavy-duty (MD/HD) vehicles and other heavy transportation applications; developing and demonstrating hydrogen-based zero-emissions equipment for seaport facilities; addressing key challenges to siting, permitting, and installation; and improving community engagement and outreach to support environmental justice (EJ) and ensure equitable deployment of clean hydrogen systems. Funding can be used to support workforce development initiatives in hydrogen fuel cell buses.

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Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program Grants

Administering Agency: US Department of Labor, Veterans Employment and Training Service

Posted Date: Jan 24, 2024

Closing Date for Applications: Mar 11, 2024, no later than 11:59 pm Eastern Time

Funding Range: Total funds available:  $12,000,000 — Grant award maximum:  $600,000

Geographic Scope: National

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Description: These grants are for the Transition Program (IVTP) and the Homeless Women Veterans’ and Homeless Veterans’ with Children Reintegration Grant Program (HWVHVWC) (referred to collectively as HVRP) and aim to provide veterans with the job training and employment services required to re-enter and be successful in the labor force. Grant recipients will provide job placement, job training, job development, career counseling, and resumé preparation services among other services to assist with obtaining high-quality career outcomes. While transit agencies cannot apply directly, they can partner with another entity.

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Pathway Home 5 Grants

Administering Agency: U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration

Closing Date for Applications: April 4, 2023 – Applications must be submitted electronically no later than 11:59 pm Eastern Time.

Estimated Total Program Funding: $52,000,000

Award Ceiling: $4,000,000

Geographic Scope: National

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Description: With meaningful employment secured, formerly incarcerated people can fully integrate into their communities more successfully and avoid relapse. To help remove barriers to employment the U.S. Department of Labor has announced the availability of $52 million in funding to provide training and employment services to incarcerated individuals before their release from state correctional facilities, or county or local jails.

Pathway Home 5 Grants are designed to help eliminate the time gap between release from prison and enrollment into a workforce development reentry program that leads to skills-based employment. They will expand eligibility to include private non-profit organizations, with a requirement to commit to employing one full-time project manager dedicated to managing the grant. These grants will help advance equity for people who face significant barriers to labor market reentry, including incarcerated women and people from communities of color.

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Clean Bus Planning Awards

The Clean Bus Planning Awards (CBPA) program reduces barriers to zero-emission bus deployment by providing school and transit bus fleets with free technical assistance to develop comprehensive and customized fleet electrification transition plans. Applications may be submitted on a rolling basis.

Joint Office of Energy and Transportation, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
February 2024
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CBPA is not an incentive program, and fleets do not receive direct funding—rather, selected applicants will be allocated technical assistance resources by NREL.

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California Opportunity Youth Apprenticeship (COYA) Grant

Administering Agency: CA Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Apprenticeship Standards

Posted Date: Feb 5, 2024

Closing Date for Applications: Notice of intent due Mar 1, 2024; Proposals due Mar 15, 2024

Funding Range: Total funds available:  $25,000,000

Geographic Scope: California

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Description: The California Opportunity Youth Apprenticeship (COYA) Grant is a new funding source to develop and test innovative practices to increase the participation of opportunity youth in pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs, and to demonstrate the impact of apprenticeship on employment and earnings outcomes for opportunity youth. It provides funding for existing apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs or to develop new apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs

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De-Escalation Training Resource Directory

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has gathered these resources to support the transit industry in developing, implementing, and updating their training programs. The resources illustrate ways agencies throughout the transit industry are implementing de-escalation training.

Federal Transit Administration
February 2024
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How to Deal with the Worker Shortage and Evolving Skill Requirements of the Public Transport Sector

This report provides a European counterpart to those produced within the United States on the transit workforce shortage. It gives an overview of the workforce shortage’s causes, as well as recommendations for addressing evolving skill requirements, diversifying the workforce, and more.

Expert Group on Urban Mobility, European Commission
February 2024
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Low or No Emission and Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Competitive Programs FY2024

Administering Agency: Federal Transit Administration

Posted Date: Feb 8, 2024

Closing Date for Applications: 

Total Program Funding: $1,103,963,762

Geographic Scope: National

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Description: The purpose of the Low-No Program is to support the transition of the nation’s transit fleet to the lowest polluting and most energy efficient transit vehicles. The Low-No Program provides funding to state and local governmental authorities for the purchase or lease of zero-emission and low-emission transit buses, including acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities.

The purpose of the Buses and Bus Facilities Competitive Program is to assist in the financing of buses and bus facilities capital projects, including replacing, rehabilitating, purchasing or leasing buses or related equipment, and rehabilitating, purchasing, constructing or leasing bus-related facilities.

Additionally, recipients are permitted to use up to 0.5 percent of their requested grant award for workforce development activities eligible under federal public transportation law (49 U.S.C. 5314(b)) and an additional 0.5 percent for costs associated with training at the National Transit Institute. For applicants proposing projects related to zero-emission vehicles for either program, 5 percent of the requested federal award must be used for workforce development activities.

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