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NJ TRANSIT, Rutgers and UITP Launching Transportation Training Center

NJ TRANSIT, the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), and Rutgers Center for Advanced Infrastructure & Transportation (CAIT) have announced the launch of UITP’s North American Regional Training Center (NARTC).

The center brings bring world-class transportation training to the region and the continent, helping to develop the next wave of leaders in the transit space.

Courses will be held at Rutgers University in New Brunswick

An agreement formalizing a partnership between NJ Transit, Rutgers and UITP was signed today at the Rutgers CAIT.

“New Jersey residents will reap massive benefits from this newly forged partnership, which convenes NJ TRANSIT, New Jersey’s premier state university, and a worldwide leader in sustainable public transportation,” said Gov. Phil Murphy. “By hosting the first Regional Training Center on the continent, New Jersey will earn worldwide recognition as a North American transportation hub. Just as importantly, the establishment of the training center emphasizes our ongoing commitment to invest in the growth and development of our critical public transportation workforce.”

“The training sessions to be held at the Rutgers CAIT will offer valuable information to help drive innovation in our industry,” according to New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner and NJ TRANSIT Board Chair Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti. “This partnership affirms both NJ TRANSIT – and the state of New Jersey – as worldwide leaders in public transportation services.”

UITP currently has Regional Training Centers in Europe (France, Germany, and Spain), Asia-Pacific and Eurasia (China and Turkey), South America (Chile), and South Africa, and will look to make history with NJ TRANSIT and Rutgers CAIT by establishing the first RTC in North America.

The RTCs offer first-class transportation training through the establishment of uniform standards and best practices for all areas of sustainable transportation. Additionally, the training sessions will provide a worldwide network of data and catalogs of programs driving innovation within rail, bus and much more.

NJ TRANSIT will lead the regional partnership by committing to sponsoring four training programs annually, providing guest speakers for programs when possible, and leveraging its experience as a leader in the delivery of public transportation throughout the area.

The Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT) at Rutgers will act as a key partner in this endeavor by coordinating with UITP and NJ TRANSIT to provide necessary logistics and administrative support. They will also assist in the marketing of training courses, and by hosting the training sessions.

The four training programs for 2023 are:

  • Public Transport Fundamentals for North America – July 2023
  • Electric Buses: Fleet & Infrastructure Planning, Operations and Maintenance for North America – September 2023
  • Rail Operations and Maintenance for North America – October 2023
  • Ticketing and Fare Management for North America – November 2023

The benefits of this partnership include:

  • Across the board enhancement of transportation services for participating organizations
  • Worldwide recognition of New Jersey as a transportation hub for North America
  • Additional commerce to strengthen local economy
  • Global brand visibility for all agencies taking part in the sessions

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