The PCB Council (Council) was formed to coordinate the leadership of the various PCB programs supported by FHWA and FTA that collectively address workforce issues. Council members are comprised of the program managers and staff of these PCB programs. Managers meet regularly to discuss common issues and to leverage the efforts being made by each program. The objectives of the PCB Council are to:
- Improve coordination and efficiency of resource delivery among programs.
- Exchange effective practices for professional capacity/competency building.
- Improve the efficiency program administration through better information and taking advantage of common resources.
- Strengthen the practice of program development and evaluation.
- Advance the state-of-the-practice in professional capacity/competency building.
TPCB Program staff actively participates in the Council by contributing regularly to meetings and other outreach efforts established by the Council to promote PCB workforce development issues. TPCB managers share their program's methods, strategies, and challenges in the delivery of training and technical assistance programs in an effort to support other PCB program efforts.
The ECB Program provides access to relevant information, guidance, training, and recommendations that will assist the long-term development and maintenance of environmental and transportation professionals. The ECB Program is an ongoing effort and collaboration between transportation and environmental stakeholders with leadership from FHWA, AASHTO Center for Environmental Excellence, state DOTs, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the private consulting industry.
The FPD Program assists state DOT and MPO staff with gaining the skills and knowledge necessary to meet the challenges arising from the increasing flow of freight on the national transportation system. Meeting this challenge requires an understanding among various stakeholders, including transportation professionals, practitioners, and policymakers about the importance of freight and how it uses and affects the transportation system.
The ITS PCB Program provides comprehensive, accessible, and flexible ITS learning for the transportation industry. The Program offers a broad range of resources, including training, technical assistance, web seminars, peer exchange and knowledge transfer, education, case studies, and reference materials. It is a cross-cutting support program within the U.S. DOT's Research and Innovative Technology Administration's ITS Joint Program Office, working most closely with FHWA Office of Operations; FTA Office of Research, Demonstration and Innovation; and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's ITS Commercial Vehicle Operations research program.
The RSPCB Program addresses learning needs within the area of roadway safety. FHWA Office of Safety provides this program to ensure that the transportation workforce is trained in the necessary tools, technologies, methodologies, and policies required in building and operating a safe roadway system.
HIS/EM PCB was initially established as an FHWA Security PCB Program. Its original objective was to enhance the knowledge and understanding of security among the nation's highway workforce. In 2007, the objective was expanded to also include the need for providing knowledge and understanding about emergency management to the highway workforce.
The TCCC is a partnership between FHWA, state DOTs, and the highway transportation industry to support training of highway construction and maintenance personnel. Rebuilding the highway construction task force is an industry priority as agencies across the country face a serious shortage of trained and experienced personnel resulting from attrition and an aging workforce. The TCCC's mission is to provide leadership at a national level, develop and maintain a national curriculum for various transportation disciplines, identify training and certification requirements, and coordinate/facilitate training efforts.
The Office of Real Estate Services (HEPR) supports the acquisition and management of real estate as required for the development of transportation services and facilities and offers professional training and technical assistance. HEPR also provides resources on corridor management, property valuation, relocation assistance, utility management, and right-of-way management. HEPR also monitors studies to support web-based submission of annual right-of-way statistics, provides for training in the high-turnover sector within local public agencies, and examines the potential for right-of-way education certification.
TMIP advances the state of the practice of travel modeling and provides services to support planning agencies improve the techniques they use to inform their decision makers on how growth in population and employment, development patterns, and investments in transportation infrastructure are likely to affect travel, congestion, air quality, and quality of life. TMIP is cooperatively funded by FHWA, FTA, the Office of the Secretary of Transportation (OST), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).