Diversity in American Subnational Transportation Agencies: Challenges and Opportunities

By Peter J. Haas.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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American transportation agencies at the state and local levels have historically been managed by white males. However, as part of a larger trend toward an older and increasingly retirement-ready workforce in the U.S., this cohort is poised to diminish in both number and primacy. Concurrently, attitudes as well as policies toward hiring non-traditional transportation agency employees point towards a potential for rapid change. This article examines trends, policies, and outcomes with respect to management roles for members of non-traditional ethnic groups and women among state and local transportation agencies, including public transit organizations. The role of education and training is highlighted.

Keywords: Transportation Agencies, Transit Agencies, Transportation Management

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp.95-98. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 491.465KB).

Peter J. Haas

Professor, Department of Political Science, Mineta Transportation Institute, San Jose, California, USA

A member of the faculty in the SJSU Master of Public Administration (MPA) program since 1986, , Dr. Peter Haas was appointed Education Director of the Mineta Transportation Institute in October of 2001. Dr. Haas earned a Ph.D. in Political Science (Public Policy and Public Administration) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1985. A former Director of the MPA program, he also has experience consulting at every level of government and for nonprofit agencies. Dr. Haas is the author of numerous reports and other publications in the field of transportation and other policy areas and is the co-author of the text Applied Policy Research: Concepts and Cases. He was recently the recipient of a Senior Specialist grant from the Fulbright Foundation to teach and study in Latvia.

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