Region V Transportation Workforce Assessment and Summit

Final Report

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Primary Investigator

Teresa M. Adams
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Wisconsin-Madison


The purpose of this project is to lay the groundwork for addressing the transportation workforce challenges in the region either by taking steps toward implementing the national recommendations regionally or by identifying the challenges and developing the solutions that may be unique to this region.


Nationwide, as the Baby Boom generation moves to retirement, the transportation workforce will lose many well-trained and experienced people. Furthermore the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed in the remaining and new transportation workers will be much broader, reflecting changes in technologies, processes and the expectations of the public. At the same time these challenges are unfolding, the demographics of our region and the nation are also undergoing change. The future workforce will be made up more heavily of members of minority groups that traditionally have had much lower rates of educational attainment and of non-traditional workers seeking second careers or more flexible working environments.

In April of 2012, a number of national agencies and groups came together to hold a National Transportation Workforce Summit. The product of the summit was fourteen specific recommendations for actions on the part of educators, transportation agencies and employers. Those recommendations can be found in the National Transportation Workforce Summit Reportout.


  1. Organize planning committee
  2. Agree on draft agenda, date, and location
  3. Hold facility
  4. Identify major transportation Employers
  5. Evaluate employers in light of national data
  6. Identify regional transportation related education programs
  7. Identify major workforce development activities of region
  8. Evaluate activities relative to National Summit recommendations
  9. Compile regional demographic information current and forecast
  10. Publish Phase 1 materials

Project Information

  • Duration: 16 months
  • Dates: October 1, 2013–January 31, 2015
  • Budget: $63,120
  • Student Involvement: One undergraduate
  • Modal Orientation: Highway, Rail, Air, Maritime
  • Project ID: CFIRE 08-04
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