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Infograph: Stay Safe On The Road This Summer (~2X as many fatalities during summer months than the rest of the year combined)

July 21, 2014 at 8:00 am

As alcohol-related accidents tend to increase in the summer months, I’d like to remind you (& all Americans) that buzzed driving can put a stop to summer fun. Here are some surprising facts:

  • Nearly twice as many people are killed in auto accidents during the summer months than the rest of the year combined.
  • 1 drunken-driving fatality occurred every 51 minutes in 2012
  • 35% of all drivers in nighttime fatal crashes who were alcohol-impaired
  • 24% of males drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2012 had a Blood Alcohol Content of .08 or higher
  • A DUI can cost drivers up to $10,000 — that’s more than three months worth of income for the average working American

But before you down that extra beer and get behind the steering wheel in your vehicle, you might want to take a look at this infograph (via Ad Council):

Image courtesy: via Ad Council

As part of an ongoing “Buzzed Driving” public service campaign, the Ad Council has also partnered with I Heart Radio on a new website with more statistics and resources to help talk to students, kids and friends about safe driving in the summer: iheartradio.com/summerdriving. Help us spread the word and save a few lives.  Stay Safe!

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Job Alert: Analyst II – IHS Global Trade and Transportation Consulting @ Englewood, CO

July 13, 2014 at 5:23 pm

for more information, click here.


IHS Global Trade and Transportation Consulting provides multi-modal transportation services to public and private sector customers, particularly in the areas of freight and commodity movement and transportation planing. IHS Consulting also offers a range of offerings and capabilities in economic analysis and forecasting, industry-specific market intelligence and research, strategy development, and market analysis.

The candidate should be able to demonstrate experience in one or more of the following areas: transportation planning practices, policy and program initiatives, freight and commodity flow analysis, economic or financial analysis, travel demand basics, and/or institutional/organizational issues.

The Consultant will report to the Global Trade and Transportation Practice’s management, and will perform as a member of a consultant team or as a sole contributor to projects, conducting analysis on a wide range of projects. This will require an ability to work collaboratively and cooperatively with team members and across IHS’s business areas. Problem-solving abilities are highly valued. This includes conceptual thinking along with an ability to delve into details, manage databases, and synthesize information.

General Job Duties:

Perform technical analysis based on knowledge of the principles of transportation, economics, policy, finance, and strategic planning.
Develop internal working relationships and participate in team endeavors while working with IHS’s public and private sector colleagues to perform project work.
Coordinate and collaborate with staff in Trade and Transportation in support of projects in all or some of the areas identified above.
Perform as a task leader as a part of larger projects, and develop supporting work plans.
Perform project work within schedule and budget.
Demonstrate an ability to work closely and successfully with customers
Support business development activities, including identification of customers and consulting opportunities, and preparation of proposals.
Prepare and deliver presentations internally and externally to customers and transportation stakeholders.

Specific Job Duties:

Support the Trade and Transportation Practice growth by applying and identifying new capabilities and knowledge areas that are essential to meeting revenue and sales objectives.
Assist with enhancing the collaboration across IHS Consulting and its business areas to improve its competitiveness and market position.
Provide support and share knowledge with other team members to enhance capabilities and expertise.
Participate in professional organizations and forums to present thought pieces and project results. This includes representing IHS’s experience and capabilities to a wider audience.
Specifically, the candidate must demonstrate the ability to:
Conduct analyses to support project delivery
Manage tasks and work to complete projects on time and on budget
Identify issues and challenges as they arise and present alternative solutions
Communicate verbally and in writing effectively with internal staff and with customers
Contribute as a team player, building bridges among all parts of Consulting and IHS
Work effectively according project plans, budgets and schedules
Demonstrate initiative and innovation


A Bachelor’s degree is a minimum requirement; a Master’s degree is preferred with 1-4 years experience

Other Skills:

Intellectual Curiosity
Attentive to detail, good problem-solving skills, thorough understanding of transportation, financial, and economic principles.
Knowledge of transportation-critical public and private sector issues.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Excellent interpersonal skills.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite.
Familiarity with SAS, TransCAD, ArcGIS, EViews, SQL and/or other analytical/data management tools

*Only qualified candidates will receive consideration and follow up*

We are proud to be an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment drug testing.

IHS endeavors to make our career sites accessible to any and all users. If you would like to contact us regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the application process, please contact Trina Buchanan, Talent Acquisition Program Manager at303-397-2460 or trina.buchanan@ihs.com. This contact information is for accommodation requests only; you may not use this contact information to inquire about the status of applications.

EMBARQ Presentation: Parking and Transit Oriented Developments (TOD) Webinar

July 12, 2014 at 3:18 pm

The slide deck from EMBARQ’s recent webinar on parking & transit oriented development (TOD).

If you have not already doing it, highly recommend following EMBARQ’s slideshare channel. You can regularly see such informative material made available.


Job Alert: Transportation Specialist (GS-2101-13/14) – USDOT’s Federal Highway Administration @ Washington, DC

July 12, 2014 at 1:01 pm

Image courtesy. www.DOT.gov

Image courtesy. www.DOT.gov

SALARY RANGE: $89,924.00 to $138,136.00 / Per Year
OPEN PERIOD: Friday, July 11, 2014 to Sunday, July 20, 2014

This position is located in the Office of Innovative Program Delivery (HIN), Project Delivery Team, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), in Washington, D.C. The Office of Innovative Program Delivery, an organizational element within the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), provides national leadership, direction, and consulting services in new approaches for project finance, procurement (e.g., public-private partnerships (P3s)), and revenue generation (e.g., congestion pricing).  The office also provides for the oversight and stewardship of projects with a total cost in excess of $500 million.  HIN brings together experts on transportation credit assistance; project cost estimating and financial plan development; innovative finance; policy development; P3s; and tolling. 

This position is for the implementation of stewardship and oversight activities to monitor the cost, schedule, and performance of Federal-aid transportation infrastructure projects, especially major projects (those costing over $500 million) to identify problems and initiate action to mitigate implementation risks.  This position provides technical assistance and authoritative consultant services to FHWA field offices, State agencies, and other Federal agencies to assure that Federal regulations and policies are met in the development and delivery of major highway projects.

The ideal candidate will be a mid-career transportation specialist with a specialty in the stewardship and oversight of the major highway project delivery process.

Click here to learn more and to apply

Job Alert: Transportation Planner / Systems Analyst – TranSystems @ Boston, MA

July 10, 2014 at 5:00 pm

TranSystems, a national transportation engineering, design and planning firm, seeks a candidate to provide detailed technical support for intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and transportation planning projects.

TranSystems is seeking a Transportation Planner/Systems Analyst candidate to provide detailed technical support for intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and transportation planning projects. The successful applicant must share a mixed passion for transportation systems and the application of technology in transportation.  Candidates should have a basic understanding of public transportation technology concepts such as location tracking, mapping and geographic information systems (GIS), vehicle dispatching, vehicle/driver scheduling, wireless communications, and enterprise software.

Basic Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Transportation or Civil Engineering, Transportation Planning, or a related major and 1 year of experience in related transportation technology, planning, and/or data visualization OR Master’s degree in Transportation or Civil Engineering, Transportation Planning or related major with no relevant experience
  • Basic computer programming skills, particularly related to large dataset analysis and visualization.
  • Proficiency with MS Office (Word, Excel, Access, Project and Publisher)
  • Proficient data analysis and interpretation skills coupled with a familiarity with statistical software such as SAS, SPSS, R and ArcGIS.
  • Willingness to travel 10 to 20% of the time.  The position covers projects throughout the U.S.
  • Experience with demonstrable complex problem-solving is required.
  • Capability to manage projects/tasks as directed.
  • Ability to work as a member of a team or perform independent work
  • Excellent oral, written, presentation and interpersonal skills.
  • No visa sponsorship assistance
  • No relocation assistance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Minimum 2+ years of experience related to transportation technology, planning, and/or data visualization
  • Proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop)
  • Marketing and proposal development experience is a plus
  • Fluency with one or more of the following will be considered advantageous: MATLAB, Ruby, PHP, Python/NumPy, HTML, Java, SQL and NoSQL databases
  • Experience in the public transportation industry

Primary responsibilities include the following:

  • Be capable of performing office and field technical work associated with various aspects of ITS and planning, including strategic planning, procurement and deployment of transportation technologies; development of technical designs; transportation technology research; evaluation of deployed technologies at agencies; and analysis and visualization of transportation data to develop decision support tools for public transportation agencies.
  • Have the ability to take direction from senior staff, and to lead and deliver assigned tasks independently.
  • Be able to work directly with external parties (e.g., clients, transit industry vendors) with minimal guidance from senior staff to complete assigned tasks, as necessary.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Proficient technical writing including preparing memos, reports and presentation materials, is required.
  • Be capable of analyzing/solving complex transportation planning or engineering problems.
  • Use software effectively and make timely and informed recommendations.

Click here to learn more and to apply

Job Alert: Project Director for Designing Cities Initiative – National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO)

July 9, 2014 at 5:54 pm

The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) is seeking a new Project Director for its Designing Cities initiative, a multi-year initiative that aims to dramatically transform how cities around the United States design streets and public spaces. Desired applicants should have experience and a strong knowledge base in public street design, with general knowledge of transportation, land use, urban development, and other city issues. For this position, NACTO is looking for a strong communicator with a keen eye for understanding the design of city streets at a fine-grained scale.
The Project Director for the Designing Cities initiative is charged with overseeing the day-to-day operations, content development, and strategic vision of the initiative. The position works closely with NACTO’s Executive Director and member steering committees to ensure the effective implementation and dissemination of the initiative’s core goals.
NACTO’s Project Director of the Designing Cities initiative must be highly self-directed, and willing to accommodate a schedule with significant travel to national conferences, trainings, and other meetings.
Core activities for the Project Director include:
  • Project management and development of new guideline material, including written and graphic content production. This includes streetscape renderings, imagery, presentations, and layout.
  • Coordination of national training series and presentations for the NACTO Urban Design Guidelines.
  • Coordination of NACTO member steering committees and peer-to-peer activities, including national steering committees for the Urban Street Design Guide and the Urban Bikeway Design Guide.
  • Production and hosting of NACTO’s webinar series, including selection of key themes, topics, and speakers.
  • Leadership, production, and development of NACTO’s Digital Design Charrette Series, a project-based learning method that focuses on individual retrofits.
  • Support for fundraising and grant management, including grant proposals, program budgets, and working with grant-making partners.
  • Fostering relationships with member city staff, leadership, and partners at the national level, including FHWA and USDOT.
The Project Director of the Designing Cities initiative is expected to work closely with NACTO’s member cities to forge a common vision on street design, offering guidance and leadership to a multi-disciplinary, national network of cities striving to transform entrenched street design and transportation engineering practices. The position is based in New York, NY.
Minimum Qualifications: Master’s Degree in Urban Planning, Transportation Engineering, Urban Design or a related field and 2 years of experience, or a Bachelor’s Degree and an equivalent amount of experience.
Additional Desired Qualifications: Experience working with new or modified national, state or city standards in street design. Proficiency in Adobe design suite and Google Sketchup.
Salary Range: $70,000 – $95,000
To apply, send a resume and cover letter to Linda Bailey, NACTO Executive Director, at nacto@nacto.org by 5pm on July 15, 2014.
The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit association that represents large cities on transportation issues of local, regional and national significance. NACTO views the transportation departments of major cities as effective and necessary partners in regional and national transportation efforts, promoting their interests in federal decision-making. We facilitate the exchange of transportation ideas, insights and best practices among large cities, while fostering a cooperative approach to key issues facing cities and metropolitan areas. As a coalition of city transportation departments, NACTO is committed to raising the state of the practice for street design and transportation by building a common vision, sharing data, peer-to-peer exchange in workshops and conferences, and regular communication among member cities. We believe that by working together, cities can save time and money, while more effectively achieving their policy goals and objectives

This is why you should worry about the Highway Trust Fund running out..

July 8, 2014 at 6:10 pm

A brilliant animated primer from the ASCE explains what’s at stake for the average American as the highway trust fund is fast nearing its end.. For the uninitiated,the Highway Trust Fund is the US federal funding for roads, bridges, and transit systems, and it is on course to become insolvent by August, jeopardizing America’s infrastructure and its economy. Unless our lawmakers get their act together with extreme urgency, we might be in for some serious trouble and may lose some of the hard fought economic gains quickly…Learn more:http://www.fixthetrustfund.org/

In case you are wondering why the highway trust fund is running out of money, take a peek at this article from Washington Post..

Job Alert: Bay Area Bike Share Program Coordinator – Bay Area Bike Share @ Oakland, CA

July 7, 2014 at 5:40 pm

The Planning Section has a position open for a Bay Area Bike Share Program Coordinator to support contract management of the Bay Area Bike Share program’s operations and the hardware procurement and installation. The individual in this position will be working for Local Government Services (LGS) and be assigned to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) in Oakland, California.

All interested parties MUST APPLY BY: Monday. 07/28/14 5:00 PM Pacific Time
The individual will oversee the fiscal oversight of the program, the strategic planning for growth of the system, including logistics planning; fundraising and sponsorship activities for existing and new jurisdictions; and the development and execution of a regional marketing plan.

For a more in-depth job description please direct all interested individuals, or if you wish to apply go to http://jobs.mtc.ca.gov/. We also appreciate your forwarding the information to any organizations that may further distribute the information.

Job Alert: Supervisory Civil Engineer (Lead Civil Eng -Structural), GS-0810-15 – USDOT’s Federal Highway Administration @ Washington, DC

July 7, 2014 at 5:33 pm

This position is located in the Office of Bridges and Structures, Office of Infrastructure. The incumbent serves as a Principal Bridge Engineer in the structures discipline and the Team Leader of the Structural Engineering Team. The incumbent assists the Director, Office of Bridges and Structures, in the performance of all administrative and technical activities related to the functions performed by the Office.

  • SALARY RANGE: $124,995.00 to $157,100.00 / Per Year
  • OPEN PERIOD:Monday, July 7, 2014 to Sunday, July 20, 2014

Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate for this position will be a civil engineer with a graduate degree and professional engineering license, and significant knowledge and experience in the design, load rating and construction of major and unusual highway bridges and/or tunnels.


Serving as a Supervisory Civil Engineer, you will:

  • Exercise national leadership in structural engineering aspects of all the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) programs and be responsible for providing technical guidance, and for coordinating FHWA’s activities in these areas with FHWA field offices, Federal agencies, State departments of transportation and local agencies, academia and with various other partners and customers on a national and international basis.
  • Be accountable for the team’s outcomes and results, e.g., timely development and updates of policy and guidance, timely review of major and unusual structures, delivery of quality work products and services and implements a quality improvement program in assigned program areas. Provide coaching and leadership to team members in their consultant services to management of Headquarters and field organizations.
  • Plan, evaluate, and execute short- and long-range programs which impact national issues. Lead and manage the activities of a staff of engineers in the Headquarters Office and provide technical leadership and guidance to other FHWA offices in Headquarters, Research, Development and Technology, Resource Center, Federal Lands Highway Divisions, and Division Offices.
  • Serve as an authoritative expert and be responsible for planning and managing a program on a national level with the objective of improving the state of practice of structural engineering as applied to planning, selection of type, size and location, design, construction, and evaluation (load rating) of highway bridges and structures.
  • Lead and coordinate the evaluation of the structural, hydraulic and geotechnical aspects of tunnels, major and unusual bridges, and drainage structures submitted for comments and/or for approval by the Office of Bridges and Structures.

Click here to learn more and to apply

Job Alert: Communications and Policy Fellow for Smart Growth America’s LOCUS Coalition

July 7, 2014 at 5:05 pm

Smart Growth America seeks a Communications and Policy Fellow to support LOCUS, a national network of smart growth real estate developers and investors. The Fellow will be a core member of the LOCUS team and provide direct support to the LOCUS network of real estate developers and investors advocating for smart growth policies at the federal and regional levels.

The Communications and Policy Fellow’s primary responsibilities include:


  • Aggregating news about smart growth and real estate issues;
  • Assist in planning, writing and managing monthly Newsletter;
  • Update the LOCUS website, as needed;
  • Contributing to LOCUS’ social media presence;
  • Tracking social media and web analytics;
  • Writing original content for our blog;
  • Drafting legislative summaries for network members, drafting advocacy materials on core network issues;
  • Design flyers, graphics, e-vites and other marketing material for major events hosted by LOCUS;
  • Assisting with outreach to reporters and bloggers; and
  • Providing communications support for our LOCUS members


The LOCUS Fellowship requires a self-motivated, detail-oriented person with exceptional writing, oral communication, and organizational skills and the ability to work independently with minimal supervision.

Candidates should have a strong interest in real estate, smart growth, economic development, transportation, community growth or related areas. Candidates should have at least a bachelor’s degree and either educational background or work experience in real estate, housing policy, transportation policy, urban planning, finance, public policy, business, or a related field.

In addition, the Communications Fellow should have a basic understanding of HTML; proficiency using content management systems; solid understanding of social media for organizations; and interest in contributing to communications strategy. Knowledge of Photoshop and leading new media strategies are a definite plus.

Candidates should be highly computer literate with experience in web content, and the Microsoft Office suite of programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

This is a paid position.


Fellowship is full-time, 40 hours a week. Minimum commitment of six months required. Potential to extend fellowship to 12 months is possible pending performance. Applications will be accepted immediately on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Equal Opportunity Employment:

Equal opportunity and having a diverse staff are fundamental principles at Smart Growth America. Employment and promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation/preference, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law.

How to Apply:

Please send a resume, cover letter, and a short writing sample to mpierce [at] locusdevelopers [dot] org with “LOCUS Comms Fellow” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted immediately, on a rolling basis, until the position is filled.