Request for Proposals (RFP): Innovative Workforce Development Programs

Date Posted: 1/6/2011

Closing Date: 3/15/2011

Program: Innovative Workforce Development Program

FTA Opportunity ID: FTA-2011-009-TRI

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January 6, 2011. Request for Proposals (RFP): Innovative Workforce Development Programs [Word] [PDF]. Synopses and full announcement are posted on site as opportunity FTA-2011-009-TRI. Proposals must be submitted electronically through the web site by March 15, 2011.


The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is soliciting proposals that demonstrate innovative workforce development practices and programs occurring in public transportation. FTA has budgeted up to $1,000,000 for providing support of innovative transit workforce development efforts. Proposals must have a minimum threshold of $50,000 and a maximum of $500,000. FTA will accept applications targeting one or more of the four activity areas:
  1. Tracked pre-employment training/preparation
  2. Recruitment and hiring
  3. Incumbent worker training and retention
  4. Succession planning/phased retirement

Selected proposals will support products and approaches that improve the state of the practice in workforce development. Funding can be used to support new innovative programs or to innovatively augment existing workforce development efforts. FTA anticipates entering into cooperative agreements with public transportation operators. Eligible applicants are urban and rural transit agencies, state departments of transportation (DOTs) providing public transportation services, and Indian Tribes. Only these types of organizations are eligible to apply to this program. To be eligible for funding under this solicitation, applicants must demonstrate that the proposed project is supported by both the primary applicant and a strategic partnership with at least one or more external partner(s).


An applicant must submit a proposal electronically to by March 15, 2011 for consideration. All potential applicants are advised to begin the registration process immediately, if they have not previously submitted Federal assistance applications through, in order to be able to meet the deadline. FTA expects to award funds through a cooperative agreements in April 2011.

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For Further Information Contact

Technical, program management and administrative questions should be directed to Jarrett Stoltzfus, Office of Technology (TRI-20), Federal Transit Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Ave SE, Washington, D.C. 20590; email address:, or by phone at 202-493-0361.