Women as Assets in Railroad/Transportation Operational Roles

Project Details
STATUS

In-Progress

START DATE

01/01/15

END DATE

12/31/16

RESEARCH CENTERS InTrans, CTRE, MTC
SPONSORS

Midwest Transportation Center
Union Pacific Railroad
University of Missouri - Saint Louis
USDOT/OST-R

Researchers
Principal Investigator
Daniel Rust
Principal Investigator
Ray Mundy

MTC Lead, University of Missouri - St. Louis

About the research

Currently less than 2 percent of the U.S. Railroad industry field workforce is comprised of women. Railroad field work has been and still is thoroughly dominated by men. While the U.S. motor carrier industry is somewhat better with closer to 5 percent women drivers, there are still significant opportunities for women in these workforces.

The main goal of this research is to determine current demographic data describing the female population and trends in the rail industry–particularly in operational, male-dominated roles. In addition, we intend to explore the reasons why women do not hold more positions within these roles and present an action plan to influence a rise in the female population within transportation field jobs, thereby addressing the overall employee decline within the industry.


Funding Sources:
Midwest Transportation Center
Union Pacific Railroad ($25,000.00)
University of Missouri – Saint Louis ($25,000.00)
USDOT/OST-R ($30,000.00)
Total: $80,000.00

Contract Number: DTRT13-G-UTC37

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