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Unfinished Business: The Importance of Human Resources to National Transit Asset Management Program Development and Transit Safety Performance

The following article was authored by Beverly A. Scott, Ph.D., a Mineta Transportation Institute Research Associate.

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Safeguarding Our Most Valuable Asset – The Public Transportation Workforce

Failure to address human capital assets risky for safety and performance 

San Jose, CA – November 14, 2016 – Human resources represent the largest ongoing expenditure for public transit agencies, yet transit asset management plans routinely ignore this critical issue. The Mineta Transportation Institute’s latest Transit Perspective, a regular series from thought leaders in the transportation community, looks at the importance of human resources to National Transit Asset Management Program development and transit safety performance. Perspective-author, MTI Research Associate Dr. Beverly Scott, argues that the common practice of a singular focus on physical assets to the exclusion of human and other factors is, at best, a partial approach. Scott, a distinguished leader in transportation workforce development, penned the MTI perspective: Unfinished Business: The Importance of Human Resources to National Transit Asset Management Program Development and Transit Safety Performance.

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