Transportation Planner, Corridor Studies

RESEARCH ANALYST II
Job Recruitment #17-04

OPENING DATE: March 2017
SALARY RANGE: Mid $40,000s to Low $50,000s (position level & salary commensurate with education & experience)
LOCATION: Planning Division
CLOSING DATE: When position is filled
AREAS OF CONSIDERATION: All sources


Job Description

This transportation planning position is focused in multi-modal planning for the Office of Transportation and Corridor Studies. The employee will be integral in actively conducting innovative corridor and area studies in the dynamic 9-county greater Philadelphia region. The position involves developing technical plans, informing and advising public and private sector agencies, decision-makers, and the general public of recommendations. This position requires both excellent technical abilities and an understanding of the planning process to advance creative concepts and ideas, and an ability to work cooperatively with other professionals on project teams. Work is performed in accordance with broadly defined objectives and professional standards with the opportunity for independent judgement subject to technical review by the Manager, Office of Transportation and Corridor Studies.

Responsibilities

  • Develop, implement and coordinate multi-modal transportation projects including transit, pedestrian and bicycle modes.
  • Conduct technical studies which evaluate the effectiveness of a transportation system (on a systems level) and then analyze alternative improvement strategies to determine how well they meet desired measures of effectiveness.
  • Use planning and engineering computer software such as geographic information system software, Highway Capacity Software, travel simulation software, and other techniques to evaluate corridor and area-specific traffic problems and develop solutions.
  • Prepare input data for travel simulation models. Tabulate travel simulation model outputs using GIS tools and tabular forms. Compare model results with current and historical data.
  • Prepare reports summarizing findings and recommendations of various studies, including text, tables, maps, charts, photos and other appropriate graphics, and present results to technical committees and the public.
  • Make oral presentations to member governments and technical committees.
  • Provide technical assistance to member governments, consultants, and the public.
  • Conduct field views of project locations to compile an inventory of existing physical and operating conditions.
  • Organize and manage technical committee meetings.
  • Perform related work as directed.

Qualifications

  • Considerable knowledge of the principles, practices, and objectives of transportation planning, and ability to relate this knowledge to the development and analysis of a regional transportation system and its components.
  • Strong interest in transportation engineering.
  • Experience with VISSIM or other traffic simulation software, such as Synchro considered a plus.
  • Knowledge of applicable computer applications, geographic information systems, graphics programs, database design, word processing, and spreadsheet software.
  • Experience in conducting field surveys, data analysis, and system evaluation.
  • Knowledge of the socioeconomic factors involved in transportation planning.
  • Ability to present results of research and technical analyses effectively in oral, written, and graphic form.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, planning officials, and the general public.

Experience and Training

To classify as a level RA II, a minimum of THREE YEARS of professional experience in transportation planning or engineering; and such training as may have been gained through graduation from a four year college/university, with major course work in Transportation Planning, Transportation or Civil Engineering, or a related discipline is required. A Master’s degree and/or, internship, or co-operative education experience can be substituted for one year of experience.