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About This Initiative


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  • Address critical cross-cutting national workforce issues
  • Facilitate more efficient and effective responses to urgent national workforce concerns
  • Create a common national focus for a wide range of strategic partners

Supporting DOT's Top Priorities

Supports a national commitment, embodied in the DOT Strategic Plan, to educating the next generation with the knowledge and skills to foster a world-class workforce for the transportation sector in order to achieve the nation's important transportation priorities of:

  • Improving safety
  • A State of Good Repair
  • Economic Competitiveness


A graphical representation of the National Transportation Workforce Development Strategy with three sections: 1. The National Transportation Workforce Development Strategy as the nucleus of an atom-like structure with seven circles orbiting it. Each circle is connected to adjacent circles and is labeled with a different classification (Highway, Transit, Aviation, Rail, Maritime, Motor Carriers, and Pipeline). 2. A box entitled 'Common Linkages' connects to the 'bond' between two of the circles, and represents all the connections shared between classifications. The Common Linkages are: Data/statistics/analyses, Successful practices, Education engagement, Downsized industries, New technologies, Workplace practices, Performance metrics, and Lifecycle stages. 3. A table with a top heading of 'Unique Modal Workforce Characteristics and Challenges', a secondary heading of 'Partners', and two columns listing the following: Governments, Federal, State, Regional, Local, Elected Officials, Industry Associations, Educators, Universities, Community Colleges, K-12, Training Providers, Labor Unions, and Professional Associations.

Resources and Opportunities

For Students and Educators

Transportation Careers

Labor Unions