CINCINNATI – The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has awarded Metro a grant for $206,973 to develop a transit maintenance workforce training program.
The program will provide technical training in the rapidly changing area of hybrid engine technology, as well as continuing education for current members of its transit workforce.
“A well-trained workforce is the key to excellent service on the street,” Terry Garcia Crews, Metro’s CEO and general manager said. “This funding from the Federal Transit Administration for workforce training will help us maintain advanced technology as our fleet goes greener.”
SORTA was one of 17 organizations in 12 states selected to receive funds through the FTA’s FY2012 Innovative Transit Workforce Grants Program, according to a press release from Metro. A total of $7 million in grants was awarded nationwide.
According to the Metro press release, “the program helps local public transit agencies and institutions of higher education conduct training, assistance and outreach aimed at bringing more women, minorities and minority-owned businesses into the transportation field and creating new opportunities for employment.”
Metro is a non-profit, tax-funded public service of the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority. The organization provides about 17 million rides per year.
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