Training for on-board bus electronics


J. J. Schiavone

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planning - surveys, mode - bus, literature review - literature review


Advanced on-board electronics, Buses, Case studies, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Electrical equipment, Electronic equipment, Interviewing, Literature reviews, Maintenance personnel, New Jersey Transit, Personnel, Surveys, Training, Transit operating agencies


This synthesis will be of interest to senior managers charged with procuring, implementing, operating, and maintaining on-board electrical and electronic (E/E) equipment and systems. The purpose is to document training practices at a sampling of transit agencies concerning the application and repair of advanced on-board electronics so that key personnel have the knowledge needed to make informed decisions. Synthesis results indicated that senior managers with a commitment to provide employee training are behind the successful implementation of advanced electronic technology. The objectives of the synthesis were to examine the level of E/E training being provided by transit agencies to highlight innovative and effective training approaches and, based on findings from the conclusions, to provide agencies with the opportunity to improve their training programs. Because maintenance is an area that is often overlooked, this synthesis gives it the greatest focus. This document integrates information from a search of available literature with survey responses obtained from key staff at 25 transit agencies across the country. Telephone follow-up calls were made to respondents. Telephone interviews were held with other agencies, training institutions, and equipment suppliers with E/E training experience. Site visits to collect case study information were made to Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) and New Jersey Transit (NJT) because of their noteworthy training programs administered in different labor environments.


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