Manager, Systems & Capital Planning

Washington D.C.
May 12, 2017
Jun 26, 2017
Full Time
Job Description
Job Title: Manager, Systems & Capital Planning
Job ID: 170224 Location: DC -Jackson Graham Bldg-6th Fl
Posting Open-Close 05/11/2017
- 06/26/2017
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Union NRP
Regular/Temporary: Regular Job Description

Posting/Position Details:

All WMATA posted job openings are available through 11:59 pm the night before the noted Close Date. To ensure successful submission of application applicants are encouraged to apply well before this cut-off.  The noted Close Date is the date on which the posting is automatically removed from the website as of 12:00am at which time submission of an application is no longer possible. (WMATA reserves the right to remove postings at any time without notice as business needs demand.)



Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in planning, engineering, economics, public/business administration, or a related field. 


Minimum of eight (8) years of progressively responsible experience in transportation planning, public transportation, project management, and/or public transportation advocacy is required.  Previous managerial or supervisory experience is required.

In lieu of degree, a minimum of twelve (12) years of experience in transportation planning, public transportation, project management, and/or public transportation advocacy. Previous managerial or supervisory experience is required.


Master’s degree

Marketing Statement:

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) is seeking a dynamic individual for the position of Manager of Capital and Systems Planning. The Manager of Capital and Systems Planning will contribute to the Authority’s long-term Capital Program Forecasting by delivering the annual Capital Needs Inventory, an unconstrained 10-year forecast of the WMATA’s key investment needs.  They will also co-author the Authority’s rail and bus fleet plans.  This person analyzes system capacity needs vis-à-vis projected ridership to deliver recommendations for service delivery and improvements.  Importantly, this capacity forecasting involves not only fleet and service considerations, but also alerts Station Planning leaders about necessary capacity improvements to be made in Metrorail stations.

Medical Group

Satisfactorily complete the medical examination for this position, if required.  The incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of this position either with or without reasonable accommodations.


This is a senior-level supervisory position that requires a high level of technical fluency and leadership in public transportation planning, development and policy. The incumbent overseas, directs, and develops strategic plans and complex studies for Metro’s system development and capital planning with a focus on mid and long-terms.  The incumbent is responsible for developing Metrorail and Metrobus ridership forecasts, transit network, fleet and operating plans, executing advanced corridor feasibility studies and environmental impact studies, and leading Metro’s constrained long range plans to project financial expenditures and revenues of the system’s operating and capital requirements.  The incumbent stewards close collaboration between the Office of Planning (PLAN) and Metro’s operations, engineering, and financing functions as well as state, regional and local stakeholders.  Substantial judgment and initiative are essential for resolving problems and making recommendations with regard to various projects.


Serves as a systems and capital planning program manager. Directs the development and preparation of major inputs to the annual work plan including identification of program goals, determination of staffing and consultant needs, and initiation of projects and studies that support the program goals and the overall mission, goals and objectives of the Authority to expand and improve transit services and facilities.

Supports the Authority’s vision of WMATA being the region’s transit leader by demonstrating leadership in promoting regional transit expansion and utilization and enhancing transit mobility and accessibility.

Exercises project management responsibilities in support of WMATA’s administration of Federal Transit Administration funded projects and the related grant responsibilities and reporting requirements.

Develops technical and policy recommendations on Metro’s systems development and capital planning for considerations by the Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and the General Manager (GM) that address core capacity, fleet and facilities, networks and corridors, and system financial requirements.

Directs assigned transit planning programs, projects, and initiatives to include defining and advancing a shared vision for transit development that is integrated, effective and conducive for the region's growth through the middle of the 21st century.

Manages Metrorail system core capacity plans, including rail lines and stations, to identify operating, engineering and architectural improvements, expand core capacity, eliminate infrastructural and operational deficiency and enhance passenger experience.  Participates in the review and development federal policies pertinent to the State-of-Good Repair (SGR) and core capacity.

Manages Metro’s Constrained Long Range Plan (CLRP) update and advocates for Metro’s capital and operating/maintenance requirements in the regional forum in collaboration with the Transportation Planning Board and DOTs in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. Participates in regional and metropolitan transportation on planning activities to provide technical advice for Metro and the Transportation Planning Board (TPB) on transit ridership forecasts and collaborates on long-range system planning activities.

Manages advanced feasibility studies of new Metrorail and Metrobus corridors to evaluate planning, operating and financial requirements as well cost and benefit analysis.  Collaborates with Engineering Services on Metro’s Compact hearing and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) projects focusing on planning, transportation impact analysis and transit operations. Serves as technical managers for reimbursable corridor projects that are requested by the jurisdictions for advanced feasibility studies.

Leads Metrorail operating plan development and system fleet assignment to reflect network changes, passenger demand, operating conditions and fleet and facility provisions.

Leads Metrobus network strategic studies to identify Metrobus market opportunities, recommend long-term network restructuring and improve operational efficiency and service effectiveness.

Collaborates with Offices of Bus and Rail Operations in the development of Metrorail and Metrobus fleet and facility management plans to identify rehabilitation, replacement and expansion needs, recommend capital improvements to the Metro management and Compact jurisdictions, and meet the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) funding requirements.

Responsible and accountable for developing and submitting a realistic and reasonable project budget and for issuing appropriate progress reports as required to record the project’s advancements or delays. The report shall include a register of completed tasks, all payments issued and any problems causing delays, redirection of focus or that impacts project delivery timeline or strategy. A progress report will be provided to OMBS as well as the program’s front office (Department Chief) as required.

Prepares and presents oral/written reports/recommendations within areas of assigned responsibility.

Evaluation Criteria:

Consideration will be given to applicants whose resumes demonstrate the required education and experience. Applicants should include all relevant education and work experience.

Evaluation criteria may include one or more of the following:

  • Personal Interview
  • Skills Assessments
  • Verification of education and experience
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Credit history report for positions with fiduciary responsibilities
  • Successful completion of a medical examination including a drug and alcohol screening
  • Review of a current Motor Vehicle Report


Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, a Federal contractor, is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, physical or mental disability, or status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by applicable federal law, except where a bona fide occupational qualification exists.  Our hiring process is designed to be accessible and free from discrimination.

This posting is an announcement of a vacant position under recruitment.  It is not intended to replace the official job description.  Job descriptions are available upon confirmation of an interview.

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