KDP…Building a World-Class Pennsylvania Workforce

KDP assessment and training model
replicated from successful statewide
public transit program set up in 2001

Throughout the 1990s rapid technology change
and increasing employee attrition began to bring about serious skill shortages within
Pennsylvania’s transit maintenance operations.
This came to be of increasing concern to
decision makers within the state’s public transportation systems.
In December 2001, a major effort was set in
motion to meet this challenge as management
and labor within this same vital public sector
came together to form the Keystone Transit
Career Ladder Partnership.

At the center of this broad team effort are the
state's largest mass transit systems and unions:
The Pennsylvania Public Transportation Association, representing more than 40 transit systems within the
state; the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit
Authority (SEPTA); the Transport Workers Union
(TWU), the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) and the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO.

The Keystone Transit program combines classroom
with hands-on training and skill-building.
In its first 6 months 134 technicians and mechanics participated in training, while the following three years
saw nearly 3,600 successfully complete courses.

2004: Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Labor and Industry and major labor and management leaders meet in Pittsburgh to welcome the Port Authority of AlleghenyCounty and ATU Local 85 as new partners with the Keystone Transit Career Ladder Partnership.