The Driver Training Bootcamp provides a statewide standard for safety and informational training, but public transit employees may also take elective courses covering a variety of topics.
Driver Training Bootcamp
This two-day (16 hours) hands-on and interactive training is a combination of our Passenger Assistance Safety and Sensitivity course and Defensive Driving course. Participants have the option of attending one or both days. Day 1 is typically the PASS course and Day 2 is typically the DD course. Training includes lectures, hands-on activities, door-to-door simulations, driving simulations, fire extinguisher demonstration and practice, and other activities.
Other Courses Offered
Read more about the core, core refresher, and elective courses offered.
The 2020 driver training schedule is available here. Registration for courses should be completed via the transit manager portal. Course descriptions, times, locations, and any special instructions regarding courses will be found in the portal.
With courses resuming, certain precautions will be in place to ensure everyone’s safety. We will be following CDC and local official given guidelines in regards to meetings. These precautions and expectations include:
- Social Distancing: Every attendee is required to stay at least 6 feet apart from each other. We will also be limiting the number of people in a room to 25 or under. Attendees should also not share items, such as pens.
- Masks: Attendees are required to wear a mask for the duration of a training for the foreseeable future. If an attendee does not come with a mask, one will be provided. Masks may only be taken off during courses where lunch is provided, and only when the attendee is in their seat, eating.
- Sanitation: Training rooms will be wiped down before and after each training course.
- Hand Sanitizer: Attendees will be given an individual hand sanitizer to utilize.
- If an attendee is feeling ill or experiencing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19, we ask that the attendee stay home!
We will continue to update these precautions as CDC and state regulations continue to change.
Nebraska Rural Public Transportation Driver Training Requirements
Effective January 1, 2014, driver training requirements are applicable to all 5311 sub-recipients receiving federal and state operating assistance for public transit systems in Nebraska. The minimum training is required of all drivers operating a public transit vehicle (full-time, part-time, substitute, volunteer, etc). Failure to comply with the training requirements will jeopardize future funding.
NEW: Online Driver Training
Some courses are now offered as online courses. More information can be found here.
**Driver training is for eligible drivers hired by a Nebraska transit agency receiving 5310 or 5311 funding from the Nebraska Department of Transportation. If you are unsure of your eligibility please contact Mitchell Locken at 402-817-2013 or Kari Ruse at 402-479-4694.**