Best Practices Guidance for Workforce Transition and Succession Planning

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Primary Investigator

Ernie Wittwer
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1415 Engineering Drive, 2205 EH
Madison, WI 53706


Public sector transportation agencies and the contractors who help them do their work will have a major challenge in meeting their workforce needs for the foreseeable future. By some estimates, the aging of the baby boom generation could allow up to fifty percent of the total workforce to retire within the next ten years. Overall demographic issues and stagnant enrollments in science and math professional programs, traditionally the major sources of new hires into the transportation industry, will make finding adequate qualified recruits difficult. This proposal deals with strategies for transition planning. In particular, strategies for transition planning in a specialist organization such as WisDOT’s Rail and Harbor Section.


To ease the transition at Wisconsin DOT as the baby boomer departs and younger professionals take roles of responsibility.


  1. Identify strategies
  2. Identify challenges
  3. Pilot
  4. Assess the impact and develop recommendations
  5. Final report

Project Information

  • Duration: 8 months
  • Dates: April 6, 2010 – November 30, 2010
  • Budget: $44,967
  • Student Involvement: None
  • Modal Orientation: Rail, Maritime
  • Project ID: CFIRE 04-03
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