There are no fees to attend these courses for current employees of a Florida public transit agency who meet the criteria identified in the Transit Training Policies and Procedures.

Course Catalog

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), in partnership with the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida is pleased to bring to you the Transit Training and Educational Opportunities catalog. The catalog is comprised of innovative training for the transit professional, featuring online and instructor-led training courses for Florida’s transit agencies. We offer a wide range of training, for the small rural agency to the largest transit systems, Florida is leading the way to meet the demands of the ever changing transit industry. Download the 2018 Course Catalog

Guidelines for New Bus Operator and Annual Fresher Training

The Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) Florida Operations Network and Florida Transit Safety Network have jointly developed “Minimum Fixed Route Bus Operator Training Guidelines” for new bus operators. These guidelines provide for 80 hours of classroom training, 40 hours of behind the wheel training, and up to 80 hours of route training.

The minimum training standards are for new bus operators. Training for experienced bus operators relocating to the agency can be adjusted at the discretion of the bus operator trainer/instructor. Hours are expressed in time per trainee. At the discretion of the instructor, times can be adjusted to accommodate class size.

Refresher Training should be provided annually to all existing bus operators. Usually there are two components of annual refresher training: four (4) to eight (8) hours of classroom training plus behind the wheel observations and instructions.

e-Learning Training Courses

The Art of Defusing Conflict: De-Escalation Techniques for Transit Operators (for Florida public transit agencies only)

Rule Chapter 14-90, Florida Administrative Code: A Review for You – A Course for Bus Transit Drivers (for Florida public transit agencies only)

Curbing Transit Operator Distracted Driving (for Florida public transit agencies only)

Disability Etiquette for Transit Operators (for Florida public transit agencies only)

Instructor Led Training

Unsure if you have an account for your course registration? Use the “Forgot Password” link to look up your account information using either your work/personal email address or username. If you cannot locate your account information please contact Stephanie Lewis, (813) 974-1123 before setting up a new account. For questions regarding any of these training courses, please contact Molly Buffington, (813) 974-7810.

Managing For Performance – Safety, Customer Service, Conflict and Work Ethic: A Guide for Transit Operators Trainers
NOTE: This course is a requirement to graduate from the Florida Transit Operator Trainer Training Certificate Program.
May 7-8, 2019 (8:30am – 4:30pm daily)
CUTR, Tampa, FL

SMS Principles for Transit (FT00564)
May 20-22, 2019 (M-T: 8:00am-4:30pm; and W: 8:00am-12:00pm)
LeeTran, Fort Myers, FL

Transit Safety and Security Audit Course (FT00567)
June 26-28, 2019 (W-F: 8:00am-4:30pm)
LYNX, Orlando, FL

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Conferences & Events

Registration is Closed: 2019 Florida Triple Crown Bus Roadeo
Please contact Stephanie Lewis at (813) 974-1123 or if you have any questions or need to inquire about late registrations.
April 5-6, 2019 | Jacksonville, FL

Registration is Open: 2019 FPTA/FDOT/CUTR Professional Development Workshop & Transit Safety and Operations Summit
June 3-5, 2019 | Tampa, FL

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