Attracting, Retaining, and Advancing Women in Transit

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literature review - literature review, planning - surveys, planning - personal safety/crime, planning - promotion


Public Transit, Women, Administration management, Policy, Society


Women have traditionally been underrepresented within the transit workforce. However, the percentage of women within transit agencies appears to be increasing, and many transit agencies report that the percentage of women advancing into management and leadership positions has also been increasing over the past 5 years.

The TRB Transit Cooperative Research Program's TCRP Synthesis 147: Attracting, Retaining, and Advancing Women in Transit explores the strategies that have been deployed in transit and other related industries in order to attract, retain, and advance women in a variety of roles.

A critical first step to ensure success in these areas is to remove barriers to entry and address challenges women face once employed.


Permission to publish the abstract has been given by Transportation Research Board, Washington, copyright remains with them.