TRANSIT PLANNER

Location
Arlington
Posted
Feb 01, 2019
Closes
Feb 28, 2019
Function
Management
Hours
Full Time
Position Information

Are you interested in a unique opportunity to provide public transportation services that enhance the quality of life of Arlington citizens and visitors? Are you an experienced Transit Planner? If so, Arlington County's Department of Environmental Services is seeking your application. This Transit Planner will provide support to the Transit Services Manager and Arlington Transit Bureau in the planning, scheduling, development, implementation, analysis and review of services for Arlington Transit (ART) and other public transit bus services in Arlington County. This Planner will serve as a bus operations specialist while collaborating and coordinating transit service activities with Metrobus, Metrorail, and regional transit operators. Work collaboratively in a team environment with County staff, contractors and outside federal, state and local agencies.

Arlington Transit (ART) serves as the County's local transit system that provides supplemental transit services which support the regional bus network provided by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) and the rail network provided by WMATA and Virginia Railway Express (VRE).

To learn more about Arlington Transit Services click here.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Contributing as a member of a team in both short and long-range transit planning, i.e. Transit Development Plan, Comprehensive Operations Analysis, etc.;
  • Collecting, evaluating, coordinating and maintaining ART service performance and other operational data, analyzing ART operations and associated costs, surveys, assessment and oversight of ART passenger information, developing analytical reports for Arlington County Transit Bureau and Division of Transportation short and long-term planning purposes as well as for state and federal transportation agencies;
  • Assisting in budget preparation as well as transit plans and updates;
  • Performing route design studies, market/land use research analyses to recommend service improvement ideas, and passenger travel surveys;
  • Consulting with transit personnel in assessing or developing street operations procedures;
  • Developing, maintaining, and coordinating a variety of Transit Scheduling software files and data requirements in order to upload timely data to buses using the ITS communications system;
  • Conducting map-based analysis for planning reports including Title VI disparity and transit access analyses;
  • Ensuring proposed transit services and schedules meet the needs of passengers by being actively involved in the public participation process, preparing and delivering briefings and/or presentations to the public or other stakeholders; and
  • Developing GIS maps and displays for bus routes and assisting in editing of route information and updates to brochures, ART's webpage, and the automated bus stop annunciation system.
The ideal candidate will possess excellent oral and written communication skills, a combination of strong analytical, quantitative, and qualitative skills, professional transit planning, and computer proficiency and technical aptitude with the ability to utilize Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and SharePoint.

Selection Criteria

Minimum: Bachelor's degree in Transportation Planning, Urban or Community Planning, Transportation Logistics, Public Administration, Statistics, Environmental Science, Geography, or a related field and significant years of progressively responsible professional planning or scheduling experience related to the urban transit environment.

Substitution: Additional qualifying experience can substitute for education on a year to year basis. A Master's degree can substitute for up to one year of experience.

Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates with experience with one or more of the following:

  • Transit scheduling;
  • Transit and Paratransit planning;
  • Scheduling, dispatch and passenger counting software;
  • Working with software tools for ridership estimation and other transit planning analysis;
  • Bus blocking and route interlining;
  • Proficiency in ESRI ArcGIS software, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop; and
  • Coursework in Statistics.

Special Requirements

Applicant must possess, or obtain by time of appointment, a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's place of residence. The applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. Any offer of employment may be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.

Additional Information

Work hours: Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Arlington County offers a competitive salary and a great benefits package including a Defined Benefit (pension) plan. For more information on Arlington's family friendly benefits  click here.

Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are considered part of the selection process and are required for this position. Please do not give "see resume" as a response to the questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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