More than 1,200 California Labor Federation bus and rail technicians and mechanics received advanced, clean transportation technology training.

Creating a low-carbon transportation economy requires a well-trained workforce skilled in alternative fuels, and in building, operating, and maintaining new fueling infrastructure and vehicles.

Using a $1 million grant from the California Energy Commission, the California Employment Training Panel provided advanced technology training for more than 1,200 California Labor Federation affiliated union bus and rail technicians and mechanics working with energy-efficient and green transportation vehicles and equipment.

Examples of transit agencies that received workforce training:

Los Angeles Metro is the third largest public transportation system in the United States based on ridership and has an operating area of more than 1,400-square-miles. Metro operates North America’s largest Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) powered transit bus fleet with more than 2,500 clean-burning CNG buses that account for 95 percent of Metro’s fleet. In June 2010, Metro launched a new project to upgrade its CNG facilities to support America’s largest clean-air bus fleet.

Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority recently purchased 38 hybrid diesel-electric community buses. These buses are an energy-saving replacement for aging diesel- and gasoline-powered buses and are expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent in the areas they serve. Hybrid bus maintenance personnel and drivers buses require extensive training specific to the unique electric propulsion system and other state-of-the-art clean energy features of these vehicles.

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Photos courtesy of the California Labor Federation, California Employment Training Panel.



  • Trained more than 1,200 employees.

  • Trained union workers so they have highly technical skills.

  • Reduced the carbon footprint of transit agencies by upgrading to cleaner technologies.

  • Helped California transit agencies continue to be role models of clean public transportation innovation for the rest of the country.

Type of Project

Workforce Development

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Location of California Employment Training Panel - California Labor Federation in California


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