Empowering the New Mobility Workforce

Empowering the New Mobility Workforce

Educating, Training, and Inspiring Future Transportation Professionals

1st Edition - June 18, 2019

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  • Editor: Tyler Reeb
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128162965
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128160886

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Empowering the New Mobility Workforce: Educating, Training, and Inspiring Future Transportation Professionals enlists a multidisciplinary roster of subject matter specialists who identify the priorities and strategies for cultivating a skilled workforce for the rapidly changing transportation landscape. Transportation employers will need to hire 4.6 million workers—1.2 times the current transportation workforce—in the next decade. The book explores how leaders in education, industry and government can work together to create an ecosystem that facilitates learning and upskilling for emerging and incumbent transportation workers. Readers will learn how to conduct labor market analyses and develop competency models to adapt their workforce. This book will empower readers to establish ongoing communities of practice that cultivate sustainable career pathways that respond to ever-evolving socioeconomic trends and transformational technologies.

Key Features

  • Provides a comprehensive assessment of the new technologies and consumer attitudes driving change in personal vehicle, mass transit, active transportation, and goods movement, both domestically and internationally
  • Identifies the career pathways, experiential learning models, and types of curriculum needed to prepare emerging professionals to develop and operate transportation systems of the future
  • Emphasizes, through case studies, innovative practices emerging in public- and private-sector transportation organizations
  • Draws on key work conducted in the United States and around the world, acknowledging the increasing interconnectedness of transportation systems between countries, economies and social networks that transcend national boundaries


Researchers and graduate students in transportation management, logistics, supply chain management, and transportation engineering. Transportation practitioners such as transportation managers, transportation planners, human resource directors, workforce development specialists, and transportation officials in Federal DOTs and State DOTs

Table of Contents

  • Part 1: Demographic Shifts
    1. How demographics are changing our vision of transportation systems
    2. Recruiting underrepresented populations to the transportation workforce
    3. Passing the torch from Baby Boomers to Millennials and future generations
    4. Why language acquisition is essential in preparing Millennial workers for transportation careers
    5. Why K-12 is critical to recruiting the next generation of transportation professionals
    6. Middle-skill transportation jobs to rebuild the middle class

    Part 2: Transformational Technology
    7. Why technology is changing the skills and competencies for the future
    8. Why old-school skills are just as critical as high-tech skills
    9. Using technology to teach technological skills and competencies
    10. Geospatial information systems technologies
    11. Connected vehicles and connected corridors
    12. Critical telecommunications and information-technology skill sets

    Part 3: Talent Pipelines and Career Pathways
    13. How career pathways are constructed and understood
    14. When to develop a pipeline, pathway, or career ladder
    15. Employer-driven transportation workforce development models
    16. Workplace learning

    Part 4: The Changing Role of Transportation Agencies
    17. State DOTs
    18. MPOs
    19. Civic Markets for Smart Cities
    20. Balancing urban and rural services
    21. Transportation consultants

    Part 5: Transportation Networks for the Mobility Revolution
    22. New Collar Jobs and skills-driven training and curriculum
    23. Linking transportation research, workforce, education, and employer communities
    24. Online micro credentialing for displaced and incumbent workers
    25. Virtual networks for career choices
    26. Exemplary innovators in building the next-generation mobility workforce
    27. Partnership tools as critical engines for change

Product details

  • No. of pages: 440
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2019
  • Published: June 18, 2019
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128162965
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128160886

About the Editor

Tyler Reeb

Tyler, D. Reeb, Ph.D. Director of Research and Workforce Development at the Center for International Trade & Transportation Tyler Reeb leads research teams who address challenges and opportunities related to the new mobility workforce, transformational technology, institutional change, organizational management, and transportation systems management operations (TSM&O). He draws from industry benchmarking, labor market analysis, future scenario planning, systems thinking, enterprise resource planning, and GIS tools to produce research-driven reports, articles/white papers, books, and multimedia products that promote innovation and civic partnerships between leaders in business, government, and education. He serves on the METRANS Executive Committee and directs research, education, and community engagement efforts across the consortium's affiliated centers of excellence, such as The Center for International Trade and Transportation, National Center for Sustainable Transportation, MetroFreight, Southwest Transportation Workforce Center, and Pacific Southwest University Transportation Center. Tyler was the lead author for a successful $1.5 million FHWA grant application to fund deployment of the National Transportation Career Pathway Initiative. He is a member of two National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine standing committees focused on Transportation Education & Training and Native American Transportation Issues. As a journalist, he has covered topics ranging from telecommunications and aerospace technologies to politics and urban planning to arts and culture. He researched communications technologies at the FCC’s International Bureau and covered surveillance and civil rights issues related to the passage of the U.S.A. PATRIOT Act. He actively promotes civic engagement through his research, writing, and advocacy. It was in that spirit that he co-founded the ReThinking Greater Long Beach conference series, which convened concerned citizens, scholars, and journalists to generate innovative solutions to some of the most pressing concerns facing south Los Angeles County.

Affiliations and Expertise

Director of Research, Center for International Trade and Transportation, California State University - Long Beach, and Associate Director, Federal Highway Administration’s Southwest Transportation Workforce Center

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