Agency and context
Transportation planning at the regional level in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area is coordinated by the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB). The
TPB is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the metropolitan area and also plays an important role as the regional forum for transportation
planning. The TPB coordinates regional transportation planning activities and develops the long-range transportation plan in order for federal-aid transportation funds to flow to
the Washington region. The TPB includes representatives of local governments; state transportation agencies; the Maryland and Virginia general assemblies; transit agencies; and
non-voting members from the airports authority and federal agencies. The TPB is staffed by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governmentsí Department of Transportation
The Department of Transportation Planning is seeking a Transportation Planner II to assist in evaluating the performance of the regionís highway and transit systems. The
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) are introducing new requirements for performance-based planning and programming of transportation
projects in accordance with federal surface transportation acts. The job opening is to establish a transportation system performance analyst, as part of the Systems Performance
Planning Team, to assist senior staff in the performance measurement work anticipated in the implementation of these requirements. You would work across several disciplines,
including highway travel performance, highway and transit asset management, and highway and transit safety. You would coordinate with state, regional, and local agencies to assess
current performance, collect information on planned projects, and forecast future performance. You would assist in management of the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
database, conduct project classification and financial review, and author performance reports.
Examples of Work
The successful candidate will perform professional level transportation planning activities including research, assessment, data collection and analysis, and report preparation
and presentation. The position requires strong data management and analysis skills, and the candidate should be familiar with transportation planning, operations, and performance
measurement. Activities are likely to include:
- Collecting and compiling transportation performance and project data from a variety of sources and multiple formats, including operating, asset condition, and financial data.
- Analyzing data sets for trends to understand performance and making forecasts and projections.
- Preparing charts, graphs, and maps; writing technical memoranda and reports; making presentations to technical committees.
- Working with state, regional, and local staff to interpret performance data and set targets.
- Manage data and generate reports for documentation of the biennial TIP update, and periodic amendments and modifications to the TIP.
- Manage transfers of data between SQL Server and Access databases and assist member agency staff with data submissions or transferals.
- Conduct analysis of programmed funding in the TIP with respect to the purpose of funding sources and performance of the existing transportation system.
- Transportation Planner II - Either
- A Master's degree in transportation planning, public administration, or an appropriate related field, or
- A Bachelorís degree and two years of applicable experience. Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, analytical and writing
skills, and abilities will be considered.
- Ability to work cooperatively in a team environment.
- Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with a good knowledge of research methods.
- Solid verbal and written communications skills.
- Familiarity with the transportation planning process and theory.
- Familiar with the principles of transportation planning, land use and demographic data; public transportation operations and performance; and public finance.
- Strong quantitative skills desired, as demonstrated by an undergraduate level courses in Mathematics, Operations Research, Quantitative Analysis, Statistics, Computer
- Proficient computer skills in the use of spreadsheet, database and statistical analysis software (SAS preferred). Knowledge of MS Access and SQL strongly desired. Skill in
presentation graphics and publication design software (experience with web development software is a plus). Experience with GIS software, such as ArcGIS.
- Interest in transportation performance measurement. Experience in collecting, analyzing, and communicating data to audiences.
- Transportation Planner II (Grade 6): $51,324 to $74,676, depending on qualifications.