Invest in the agency’s higher educational and training resources and apply their full capabilities to
the challenges and opportunities facing the Nation’s transportation system.
The agency’s educational and training resources are aligned with the Department’s goals for
safety; reduced congestion; environmental stewardship; global connectivity; security, preparedness,
and response; and organizational excellence.
To ensure a world-class workforce,
training, and university research capability, RITA will:
- Invest in the Knowledge Base: Invest in university-based centers of excellence, including the
University Transportation Centers (UTCs), to advance innovation, research, education, and
technology transfer and to prepare the future transportation workforce.
Three key initiatives to support
this strategy would be:
Synergies and Strengthen the Connection between the University
Transportation Centers (UTC) and the DOT's Research Priorities: Foster a closer
connection between UTC research and the needs of the operating administrations
U.S. Department of Transportation
Research and Innovative Technology Administration
and DOT. As USDOT continues to tackle tough transportation challenges, ensure
that the research of the UTCs is fully leveraged and readily available. Increase UTC
connections to DOT’s strategic goals and RD&T priorities and programs.
- Strengthen Oversight and Management of
the UTC Program: Work with the
operating administrations to increase technical oversight of the individual UTCs’
selection and evaluation processes for research. Provide leadership and guidance for
the UTCs to ensure that they attract the best students to transportation careers and
conduct research and technology transfer that is relevant and in support of national
- Develop Student and Faculty Exchange
Programs: Develop and implement a student
exchange program that will enable UTC graduate students to serve internships with
USDOT. Provide opportunities for faculty to apply for sabbatical opportunities with
the Department. These two initiatives will help us better identify and recruit students
and faculty who may want to embark on a career at USDOT, as well as provide our
UTC students with valuable job experience.
- Provide Training and Services to Support the Department's
Goals: Continually provide
worldwide training, products, and services to the public and private sectors that promote
advances in safety procedures, share best safety practices, and improve congestion reduction
and accident prevention strategies across all modes of transportation.
Two key initiatives to support this
strategy would be:
- Broaden Base of
Stakeholders Taking Advantage of RITA's World Class Training Services: Strengthen communication of RITA—the Transportation Safety Institute’s
and the Volpe Center’s—training capabilities and garner support and recognition
for its contributions in this important area. Continue to meet customer needs by
incorporating existing and evolving technologies in the development of training
programs. RITA will promote and communicate its capabilities and services to
existing and potential sponsors, stakeholders, and industry. TSI, Volpe, and the
ITS JPO will provide worldwide training, products, and/or services for people in
the public and private sectors through innovative, state-of-the-art methods and
technologies that contribute to meeting USDOT’s strategic objectives.
Develop the Next Generation Transportation Workforce: Ensure that
the transportation workforce has the skills needed for successful deployment of
innovations through professional capacity building and fee-for-service training.