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 APTA National Public Transportation Career Day - May 17, 2018!

​APTA’s National Public Transportation Career Day, a national workforce development initiative that introduces K-12 students to careers in public transit, is on Thursday, May 17, 2018. For the last 7 years, APTA’s Workforce Development Committee has encouraged our members to conduct outreach activities to showcase the wealth of career opportunities on this day. 

The goal is for all transit agencies, private businesses, and members to host an event or activity that will showcase industry talents. The May 17th career day is a chance to engage ​youth in our communities and bring awareness to the vast array of career opportunities within public transportation. Engagement activities may include a tour of your transit facility, visiting a school, providing interactive demonstrations, holding a poster contest, or hosting a creative career awareness program. 

Sharing Best Practi​ces

In attracting new talent, knowledge, and skills to public transportation, connecting with the K-12 students in your community is a way to tell our story of opportunities. We want to hear your outreach story! How will you engage the youth in your area? 

Share your best practices, outreach activities, and stories on APTA's website or as a feature in Passenger Transport. Publicizing how our members promote our industry to the future workforce by connecting with students in their communities is an essential aspect of workforce development.

Please assist us with this fantastic opportunity to introduce transit careers to the next generation of prospective workers, and to mentor and guide the nation’s youth to the public transportation industry. Complete the brief survey (link below) to share with us your outreach initiatives, either as part of National Career Day, or general activities you hold throughout the year. 

2017 National Public Transportation Career Day Survey​​

2017 APTA National Public Transportation Career Day Highlights!

Delaware Transit Corporation (DART First State), Wilmington, DE:                          

The Delaware Transit Corporation participated in National Career Day by hosting its 17th Annual Transit Poster Contest, "DART & Technology, Traveling into the Future."​ Open to school-age children Grades 6 through 12, the contest is designed to encourage students to learn more about public transportation and its benefits, as well as the chance to see their artwork featured by DART in various advertisements, promotions, or displays. With continuous improvement and growth of transit services statewide, DART used this opportunity to inform and promote the advantages of using public transit, reaching over 85 students within their community.

Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Capital Metro), Austin, TX:

Capital Metro went above and beyond for the 2017 National Career Day, hosting a number of events targeting students of all grade ranges. They participated in a Middle School career fair, taook a group of Elementary School students for a ride on one of their trains, and sponsored teenagers for a youth film contest!

Their community outreach efforts allowed them to connect to over 500 students!

Chatham Area Transit Authority (CAT), Savannah, GA:

CAT reached out to students in underserved areas and arranged a field trip to their facility where they showed the complexities of how a transit system is run, as well as the many jobs that are available within the tranist industry. The students toured the facility, and then received a presentation by a member of each Department about the many employment opportunities available. Emphasis was placed on the integrity, commitment and scholarship of potential employees. They also shared the importance of team building within the organization, and left them with the concept of service to their community through public transit.

Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), Chicago, lL:

RTA celebrated National Career Day by interviewing and sharing the career paths of key company employees. Follow the link below and hear their story!


METRO, Cincinnati, OH:

Metro was on the go! They participated in this event by looking to hire a diverse group of talented, passionate individuals to fill bus operator positions and other roles in maintenance, operations, planning, human resources and customer service. Students stopped at Government Square, in Cincinnati from 9AM - 3PM to talk with a Human Resource Representative about the many open positions available, and how they could take their career on the road!

2016 Highlights! 

VIA Metropolitan Transit (VIA), San Antonio, TX:

Representatives from VIA Metropolitan Transit in San Antonio visited Southwest High School to inform seniors and juniors about careers in public transportation, and also discuss how their current training in Auto Tech could lead to a great career in the transit industry. Students and educators were provided a tour of the VIA Fleet & Facilities Maintenance Shop.

During the visit, students received a comprehensive overview of how VIA hires and trains employees to service and repair a large fleet of transit buses, paratransit vans and other vehicles.  The students were particularly impressed with the various shops, especially the Heavy Unit and Paint/Body.

Students were also briefed about VIA’s Targeted Maintenance Training Program (TMTP), which provides employees an opportunity to train and become a skilled diesel mechanic through classroom instruction and on-the-job training over a two-year period.

VIA expects to continue recruitment and outreach efforts to high schools in the Greater San Antonio Region and to participate in future National Public Transportation Career Day activities.

The Memphis​ Area Transit Authority (MATA), Memphis, TN:

The Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA), Shelby County Schools (SCS), Greater Memphis Chamber (GMC) hosted 100 Shelby County School students at the Central Station. The field trip showcased a variety of career opportunities in public transportation to students from these four Career Technical Centers (CTC): Trezevant, Kingsbury, Sheffield, and Cordova. 

In addition to highlighting jobs such as critical operators and mechanics, additional career opportunities were presented, including professions in administration, accounting, legal, IT, and  public transportation agencies. The following organizations also participated: MATA, Premier Transportation Services, Amtrak, Megabus and Greyhound.


For your convenience, helpful resources for teachers and students are located under the Resources section to the right of this page.

Need ideas? Below is a suggested list of activities you can facilitate - your youth outreach involvement can be as big or small as you dream up!

National Transit Curriculum

The National Transit Curriculum was developed by a team of individuals from public transit agencies, private sector transit firms, trade associations, Federal agencies, and academic institutions. The curriculum is intended to provide students with a basic understanding of the public transportation industry, increase their interest in the industry, and prepare them to enter careers in the industry.
To access the full curriculum, please go to the National Transit Curriculum page and complete the fillable form.

Proposed Activities

Elementary School Students

  • Interactive Career Fair – onsite/off-site
  • Take Your Child to Work
  • Giveaways

Middle School Students

  • Career Awareness Programs
    • Career Fairs – highlight careers in transit (public, private, manufacturing)
    • Interactive Demonstrations
    • Job Shadowing
  • Transit Facility Tours
  • Bus/Rail Tours

High School Students

  • Career Awareness Programs –
    • Occupation Discussion – administrative, operator, maintenance, etc.
    • Information on training programs/internships
    • Job Fair – onsite/off-site
    • Job Shadowing
    • Mock Interviews/Expectations for Transit Employees
  • Distribute Materials to Schools –
    • Bus/Rail route schedules for student travel
    • Giveaways
    • Job listings/descriptions

For additional information, please contact Brandon Roccio, program manager, educational services at​

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