JMA released a report with The International Transportation Learning Center (ITLC) to assist public transit agencies in meeting the requirements in the bipartisan infrastructure bill to train workers in the operations and maintenance of zero emissions buses (ZEBs).
In the report, “Providing Training for Zero Emission Buses: Recommended Expanded RFP Language,” agencies are provided language on workforce training that may be included in their ZEB Request for Proposals (RFPs). The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law allocates $5 billion for low- and no-emission bus procurement, requiring that 5% must be spent on workforce training and development.
Recognizing that every agency has different needs, the report’s recommendations are based on a variety of RFPs containing strong language on procuring and drawn from multiple interviews with leadership and staff from transit agencies, independent procurement trainers, and representatives from transit labor unions. The report also provides a list of customizable training requirements, as well as training on special tools and diagnostic equipment.