Investing in the future of transit does not start and end in the physical world – it also requires an investment in the staff that manage and plan our transit systems.

Foursquare ITP recognized the need for short and affordable trainings that focus on developing hard skills for transportation professionals to more efficiently perform daily tasks associated with managing and operating a transit system. Sometimes learning on your own can be daunting or ineffective, and with shrinking planning departments, on-the-job training can be a burden on already strained senior staff. Likewise, new technologies can increase the efficiencies of repetitive and onerous tasks.

Foursquare ITP’s Transit Training Service offers affordable seminars, webinars, workshops, continuing education, and full-fledged curriculums for transportation professionals. Developed and lead by industry experts, our Transit Training Service extends beyond conceptual and theoretical transportation planning to instead focus on developing practical skills and techniques that can be immediately applied to a transportation planner’s everyday work.

The Transit Training offerings listed below are pre-developed courses that we customize to meet each agency’s or institution’s budget, time constraints, and desired skillset outcomes. The courses are delivered either in-person or via webinar, and are offered directly to our customers and through webinars and at conferences.

Transit Trainings cover the areas of Transit Planning Skills, Federal Regulations and Compliance, and Asset Management. However, training modules can be mixed, matched, customized or requested individually.

Transit Planning Skills

Microsoft Excel for Transit Professionals. The basics of Microsoft Excel software, with an emphasis on using the software for handling transit dataset such as ridership, scheduling data, and on-time performance data.

Microsoft Access for Transit Professionals. The basics of Microsoft Access software with an emphasis on how to use the software to manage, analyze and summarize large datasets such as raw on-time performance data, as well as how to use Access to automate reporting processes common at a transit agencies.

General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) Data 101. How to use General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) data to conduct region-wide analyses for summarizing levels of service by day, time-period, route, stop or geographic area. Instructors will guide participants through the process of using GTFS data for basic geographic transit analysis.

Scheduling Basics. An introduction to scheduling concepts, terms, and techniques. Participants will go over how to hand-schedule bus transit services to foster a better understanding of how scheduling software works and to bridge the gap between planning concepts and practical implementation.

Federal Regulations and Compliance

Title VI 101. An introduction to provide a basic understanding of FTA’s Title VI Circular. This includes a basic history of Title VI, an overview of the Title VI program requirements for fixed-route transit agencies, and Title VI Program development best practices in terms of timeline, the program development process, and working with staff across the agency to accomplish the update of the Title VI Program.

Title VI Service Equity Analyses. Other methods, approaches, and best practices for developing a successful and meaningful Service Equity Analysis procedures.

Title VI Service Standards and Policies and Transit Service Monitoring. A review of the required Title VI service standards and policies and the process for creating the transit service monitoring analysis required in every Title VI Program for agencies operating 50 or more vehicles in the peak period. We will review the FTA requirements for the required standards, vehicle load, vehicle headways, on-time performance, and service availability, and the required policies for transit amenities and vehicle assignment; how agencies can identify where these standards and policies may already exist and who needs to participate in their development and review; and review sample standards and policies in use by peer agencies for all fixed-route transit modes.

Performance Metrics. Coming soon!

Asset Management

Microsoft Access for Transit Professionals. The basics of Microsoft Access software with an emphasis on how to use the software to manage your transit asset data across multiple users (e.g., bus stops, customer service complaints, transit route information, vehicles, and vehicle maintenance). Instructors will also go over how to manage and create relationships between various data sets for better organization of data. Participants will also learn how to use the software to create fillable forms and generate reports for their transit data.

GIS Database Management for Transit Professionals. Similar to the Microsoft Access for Transit Professionals, this training will also review the best practices in managing and creating relationships between various data sets for better organization of your transit data (geographic and non-geographic data).

Upcoming Transit Trainings

FITP has provided trainings on a variety of topics and tools through many of our projects.

Upcoming public training sessions include:

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