Fact Sheet: Technical Assistance and Workforce Development
BIPARTISAN INFRASTRUCTURE LAW FACT SHEET
TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
and Workforce Development
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, enacted as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), continues without change the technical assistance, standards development, and workforce development programs. The program is intended to: (1) Carry out technical assistance activities that enable more effective and efficient delivery of transportation services, foster compliance with federal laws, and improve public transportation service; (2) Develop standards and best practices for the transit industry; and (3) Address public transportation workforce needs through research, outreach, training and the implementation of a frontline workforce grant program, and conduct training and educational programs in support of the public transportation industry.
49 U.S.C. § 5314
Federal government departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the government; Metropolitan Planning Organizations; state and local governmental entities; providers of public transportation; and national nonprofit organizations that have the appropriate demonstrated capacity to provide public transportation-related technical assistance.
The law continues without change the broad range of activities eligible under Sec. 5314, including:
- Technical assistance
- The development of voluntary and consensus-based standards and best practices by the public transportation industry, including standards and best practices for safety, fare collection, intelligent transportation systems, accessibility, procurement, security, asset management to maintain a state of good repair, operations, maintenance, vehicle propulsion, communications, and vehicle electronics
- Programs that address human resource needs as they apply to public transportation activities such as an employment training program and outreach
- Activities related to the National Transit Institute