KDP partners with the Transportation Learning Center on many projects.  The Transport Center was instrumental in starting the Keystone Transit Career Ladder Partnership and supporting the program throughout the length of the project.

The Transportation Learning Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving public transportation at the national level and within communities. To accomplish this mission, the Center builds labor-management training partnerships that improve organizational performance, expand workforce knowledge, skills and abilities, and promote career advancement.

The Statewide Labor-Management training program started in 2001 with a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry.  The career ladder initiative began in Philadelphia and within a year expanded to include the Pennsylvania Public Transportation Association member agencies.  By the third year, the Partnership expanded to become statewide to include 33 Pennsylvania public transit agencies and 23 unions. 

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Keystone Transit Career Ladder Partnership




Due to the constant changes in vehicle and equipment technology, training will always be crucial for public safety.  The training opportunities made possible through the Partnership meet the needs of the employer, the career goals of their employees, and serves to strengthen public transit systems.  A highly trained transit workforce lowers production and material costs while ensuring a safe ride for passengers.

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KDP managed the grants and worked with the transit agencies and unions to customize training and develop programs.  In Philadelphia, The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) and the Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 234 leveraged the Partnership funds to negotiate a Joint Apprenticeship Council in 2005 and start a Summer Youth Program in 2008.  In addition, KDP helped SEPTA and TWU Local 234 access local funds for a new hire training program. 

In Pittsburgh, KDP coordinated the Keystone Utilities Partnership program with the Port Authority of Allegheny County/Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 85.  The local energy utility, Duquesne Light wanted train their employees, members of the Interanational Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 29.  KDP  was able to leverage the two programs so that utility workers attended classes with transit workers for training on Anti-lock Braking Systems.