NJ TRANSIT, the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), and Rutgers Center for Advanced Infrastructure & Transportation (CAIT) have announced the launch of UITP’s North American Regional Training Center (NARTC).

This center, UITP’s first in North America, is dedicated to advancing sustainable urban mobility in the public transport field by providing high-level courses on the fundamentals of public transport, bus planning, rail operations, railroad maintenance, fare management and more.
Courses are held at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, in the heart of the Northeast Corridor, and an easy train ride away from New York City. They will cover critical topics ranging from railroad track servicing, inspection and repair, to analyzing trends in urban mobility for maintenance managers, fleet supervisors, operations coordinators, planning and finance staff, and other professionals in public transport.
This advanced curriculum will help develop the next wave of leaders in the transit space by bringing together world-class instructors, transportation leaders, and an international network of data, case studies, and expertise to the region and the continent.
View current course offerings and register below.

NARTC Training Courses

Public Transport Fundamentals for North America

Public Transport Fundamentals for North America – 10-12 July 2023

  • This course will provide participants with fundamental knowledge on public transport and sustainable urban mobility, and increase awareness on the indispensability of public transport and sustainable mobility solutions in cities. Attendees will benefit from a unique exchange of knowledge and experience between professionals, tapping UITP’s international expertise.
Electric Buses: Fleet & Infrastructure Planning, Operations and Maintenance for North America
  • With more and more metropolitan areas targeting zero-emission environments, an increasing number of cities, transport authorities, and operators are considering a fully electric solution for their urban bus networks. In this context, the UITP Academy designed this training program on Electric Buses offering a comprehensive overview of the electric solution for urban bus networks including setting a long-term city strategy -in terms of energy transition, the definition of a charging strategy, the choice of technology and the way to the procurement, and the implementation and operation of the system.
Rail Operations and Maintenance for North America

Rail Operations and Maintenance for North America – 2-4 October 2023

  • Maintenance has always been a significant cost driver, the “invisible” guarantee for reliability and quality of service. Assets deteriorate over time and if you do not maintain, you will deteriorate your service, lose quality, lose customers and in the end lose your assets. From the principles of asset management and maintenance to a detailed understanding of the maintenance of various assets, and from lifecycle costs and planning to obsolescence management, this training program will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the topic through a unique methodological approach illustrated by international best practice and on-the-ground operational experience.

Ticketing and Fare Management for North America

Ticketing and Fare Management for North America – 6-8 November 2023

  • Ticketing is the key for public transport operators and authorities to collect fares from the passengers. Nowadays, the increasing use of technology supports the need of various fare types and payment methods transforming from classic paper tickets to contactless cards and smart phones, while opening up endless opportunities for data collection and analysis. The challenge starts with trying to understand closed-loop vs open-loop, card-centric vs system-centric, prepaid vs post-paid, account-based ticketing, open payment, SIM-centric mobile ticketing, Secure Element, HCE, interoperability, multiservice, beacons, NFC, QR code…and so on. This course aims to help transit professionals improve operational efficiency and adapt to new challenges on fare management and ticketing.