Transit 101

Online Modules for the Finance Professional in the Transit Industry

Why Transit 101?

Existing transit industry orientation tools for finance professionals are ineffective because of industry complexities, hiring and retention challenges associated with a tight labor market, and rapidly changing expectations for financial staff performance. Orientation practices vary from agency to agency; TFLEx members are convinced that standardizing industry orientation materials and making them available affordably as web-based training (WBT) will be more effective and more efficient than the present varied approaches.

Audience

TFLEx members are the intended audience, primarily financial professionals. TFLEx wanted to create these lessons to help staff become more able to converse knowledgeably about the industry with internal and external customers. 

Anyone can view the modules

The Transit 101 modules require no login or account to view. They are available for anyone to use.

Updated Transit 101 Modules

TFLEx is updating the modules to run without Flash (due to security concerns).
The modules that have been updated are:

  • Module 1: History and Benefits of Transit
  • Module 2: Bus and Rail Operations
  • Module 3: Key Performance Indicators
  • Module 4: Federal Regulatory Framework
  • Module 5: Sources of Captial and Operating Funds
  • Module 6: Grants Management
  • Module 7: Fare Policy
  • Module 8: ParaTransit Operations
  • Module 9: Procurement

Introduction to Transit101
Guide on how to use the Transit101 modules. (click to play - 1:46 minutes, requires Flash)

Module 1: History and Benefits of Transit
In this module, we will explore the benefits and history of public transportation in North America and give you a sense of the transit customer's perspective. (WILL WORK WITH OR WITHOUT FLASH.)

Module 2: Bus and Rail Operations
What are the critical success factors for continued and improved ridership levels? What impact do planning, scheduling, and maintenance decisions have on transit operations? (WILL WORK WITH OR WITHOUT FLASH.)
 
Module 3: Key Performance Indicators
What are the different types of key performance indicators (KPIs)? What are the leading and lagging measures? (WILL WORK WITH OR WITHOUT FLASH.)

Module 4: Federal Regulatory Framework
Every public agency is faced with regulations from local, state, and federal sources. While every agency must deal with different regulations from their local and state governments, all agencies must abide by the same federal regulations. This module will deal with federal regulations. (WILL WORK WITH OR WITHOUT FLASH.)

Module 5: Sources of Capital and Operating Funds
This module provided you with a basic understanding of federal and non-federal funding sources. (WILL WORK WITH OR WITHOUT FLASH.)
 
Module 6: Grants Management
This module addresses the importance of grants and grant money to all transit agencies, as well as how to manage those grants. (WILL WORK WITH OR WITHOUT FLASH.)
 
Module 7: Fare Policy  
This module provides you with a basic understanding of fares and fare collection for urban transit agencies. (WILL WORK WITH OR WITHOUT FLASH.)

Module 8: ParaTransit Operations
This module provides you with a basic understanding of paratransit operations. (WILL WORK WITH OR WITHOUT FLASH.) 
 
Module 9: Procurement
After completing this module, you will be able to comply with federal and non-federal regulations and avoid penalties, recognize your agency's responsibilities as a steward of public funds, and identify the roles and responsibilities involved in procurement activities.  (WILL WORK WITH OR WITHOUT FLASH.)
 
Module 10: Capital Projects
After completing this module, you will be able to demonstrate your knowledge of the capital project process, identify the types of capital projects risk, and understand how agencies manage the different types of risk. (click to play - 13:38, requires Flash)

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