Job Alert: Geographer (GS 11/12) – U.S. Department of Transportation @ Washington, DC

December 18, 2012 at 2:24 pm

The Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) seeks a Geographer to join our team. RITA coordinates the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) research programs and is charged with advancing rigorous analysis and the deployment of cross-cutting technologies to improve our Nation’s transportation system. This position is located in the Office of Geospatial Information Systems (OGIS), which is part of RITA’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics. The OGIS develops quality geospatial transportation data and applications and advances its effective use in transportation decision making.

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RITA is offering and opportunity for a seasoned public-service driven professional who is motivated and self-reliant. This individual must be able to share their experiences in providing geospatial information services. These experiences should include: (1) preparing high quality maps that showcase transportation information; (2) performing geospatial analyses involving transportation networks and facilities; (3) developing, maintaining, and distributing geospatial transportation data; and, (4) providing technical support directly to the Office of the Secretary of Transportation and the Office of Emergency Transportation.

If you or someone you know has the experience and a demonstrable record of proven results, I encourage you or them to apply to this Washington, D.C.-based position. We are looking for a diverse pool of qualified candidates.

The vacancy announcements can be found at:

(Merit Promotion): – Open Period- Thursday, December 13, 2012 to Monday, December 24, 2012

(All Sources): – Open Period – Thursday, December 13, 2012 to Monday, December 24, 2012

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“She wears her nursing bra like a bullet-proof vest and swapped her sexy handbag for a snot-stained sack”- British Mom Spits the Rhymes for Fiat 500L

December 18, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Blame it on Toyota for starting the fad of mommys and daddys rapping to sell an automotive (remember, Swagger Wagon?).  Now, Fiat has taken it to the next level and added a bit of British Swag  to make it sexy. Yeah! What is there to not love  a Fiat driving, British mother of rap who brags about wearing her nursing bra like a bullet-proof vest and swapping her sexy handbag for a snot-stained sack. Oh, and she proudly declares that her crew also includes her bitches (two cute little dogs) and her hose (of the garden variety). Refreshing, right? Fiat is awesomely rolling in the deep lately with creative advertising. It all started with its commercial for the 2012 Super Bowl titled Seduction and it has progressively gotten better from there. Can’t wait to see the next evolution of this creative binge.  Check it out!

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Keeping track – A Dutchman’s funny car sticker

December 17, 2012 at 11:55 pm

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Not sure what he is implying with the score keeping (possibly the 8 years he spent as a cyclist and four on a wheel chair or it could very well be the number of bikes and wheel chairs  he took out while driving the car) but he seems to have a good sense of humor..

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Job Alert: Transportation Director – City of Fairfax, Virginia

December 15, 2012 at 4:13 pm
Duties: Responsible for the administration of the City’s transportation program and the overall management of the City’s public transit system and signs and signals operations. Work involves strategic planning and participation in the development of the City’s long term transportation plan. Responsible for budget preparation, personnel evaluations, preparation of grant proposals, coordination of design plans and specifications, seeking bids, construction administration and project coordination with the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation. Interfaces with regional authorities such as TPB, NVTA, WMATA and NVTC on transportation, public transit and other modes such as bicycle and pedestrian issues.
Requirements: BS in Civil Engineering or related field with an emphasis on transportation plus at least 5 years experience in civil engineering with an emphasis on transportation and public transit. Knowledge of the principles and practices utilized in the management of public transit systems including planning for highways, mass transit and alternate forms of transportation. Experience with transportation engineering, traffic engineering operations, public transit design, operations management, highway and traffic signal design.
Desirable Qualifications: Virginia State Registered Civil Engineer.
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Salary: $82,239-$125,757 (City Grade 27)
Closing Date: Thursday, January 31, 2013


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Jobs Alert: (1). Associate Transportation Researcher; (2). Assistant Transportation Researcher – Texas Transportation Institue

December 14, 2012 at 7:24 pm

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The Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) invites applications for positions in the Transit Mobility Program. The two open positions are “Associate Transportation Researcher” and “Assistant Transportation Researcher”.

Location: Successful applicant may negotiate to work in any of TTI’s existing offices where space is available. The Transit Mobility Program has staff in several TTI offices throughout Texas: Galveston, Houston, Austin, Arlington, and College Station.

Deadline: Job Postings Expire January 11, 2013. Positions may be filled as soon as qualified candidates are identified.

Salary: Starting salaries for the positions are negotiable based on qualifications and experience. The minimum salary for the Associate Transportation Researcher position is $52,000 and the minimum for the Assistant Research Scientist is $65,000.

Application Procedure: Interested individuals should complete an application online at The direct links to each position are: Associate Transportation Researcher and Assistant Research Scientist. Applicants will be required to submit a cover letter, resume/curriculum vitae, and a list of three references as attachments via the online application process.

Direct inquiries to:
Linda Kay Cherrington
Texas Transportation Institute, Transit Mobility Program
Texas A&M University System
701 N. Post Oak, Suite 430
Houston, TX 77024
Phone: 713-613-9240
Fax: 713-686-5396
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So, this is how Justin Bieber’s dancers kill time at airports after a flight cancellation

December 14, 2012 at 6:56 pm

Though it looks like a set-up, it doesn’t hurt to have something fun shared on a Friday.  Spotted this video posted by Nicholas deMoura, show how the dancers who perform with teen heartthrob Justin Bieber killing time at the Atlanta airport after their flight got cancelled .. Why don’t these things happen when I’m at an airport? I only get to see those tight lipped TSA staff staring at me all the time..

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A blonde in heels walks into a library… and makes the best pitch for a fuel cell car.

December 9, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Yep…  One of the best ads in automotive business, EVER. This one comes from Germany’s Clean Energy Partnership, a network of companies pulling together to introduce hydrogen as a fuel. To find out more about us, visit the CEP website. Or check their facebook page for discussions, exciting news and information about CEP’s efforts.

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Job Alert: Capital Project Manager – Montgomery County (Maryland) BikeShare Program

December 9, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Closing Date: December 16, 2012

This position will serve as the Capital Project Manager for the Montgomery County Annual Bikeways Program, in the Department of Transportation’s Division of Transportation Engineering Planning & Design Section. This position will oversee the budgeting and directing the construction of bicycle facilities, including bike lanes, multi-use trails, parking/end-of-trip facilities, pavement marking and signage plans for both safety and way finding.

Prepare and submit budget estimates, progress and cost tracking reports, manage, coordinate, and supervise the construction process from the conceptual development stage through final construction on time and within budget. Directs and/or participates in the inspection of bicycle facilities or other road projects to assure that approved design is executed and that construction meets established standards. Develops or directs the development of requests for proposals, scopes of services, bid packages, contracts, amendments and other documents for the selection and contracting of design and construction services. Position requires thorough knowledge of grading, drainage, paving (asphalt and concrete), pavement markings and signage, construction, retaining walls, and other construction scopes related to bicycle facilities. File for necessary permits for project or assists consultant or contractor to prepare documents to file. Compile and analyze bicycle planning, design, and program data with a focus on customer service, innovation, and continuous improvement. Coordinate new project development or major renovation with user agency to ensure that facility meets their requirements.

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Duties include, but are not limited to serving as the division’s central contact for public inquiries, initiating studies, constructing on-road and off-road bicycle facilities, participating in maintenance and operational matters, providing public information and updates on program events, construction projects/detours, and special projects/services, increasing social media/public outreach. Develop and maintain the bicycle program website and other forms of communications, including print and social media as well as video.

The job will also entail planning innovative bicycle infrastructure and safety improvements, including analyze staffing, implementation capabilities and bicycle facility needs for the County and prepare budget for the associated Capital Improvement Programs Annual Bikeways Program, Stand Alone CIP Bicycle related projects, and federal and state grants.

Position requires extensive engagement with the public, advocacy groups, various organizations consultants, citizen’s organizations, and public officials to resolve matters regarding the planning/design and construction of bicycle facilities. This position will also require attending meetings or performing work at locations outside the office if necessary.

For more information, visit: Tip: Young Professionals in Transportation)

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Job Alert: Senior Engineer/Scientist (Clean Vehicles Program) – Union of Concerned Scientists, Washington, DC or Berkeley, CA

December 5, 2012 at 4:39 pm
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Job Description

Senior Engineer/Scientist
Clean Vehicles Program
Union of Concerned Scientists
Location choice: Washington, DC or Berkeley, CA Office

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), the leading science-based organization at the center of today’s most exciting and important policy debates, seeks an individual to work with a top-notch, multi-disciplinary team in our Clean Vehicles Program to advance sound transportation policy to cut oil use and protect public health. UCS is seeking a senior engineer/scientist to conduct research and analysis and serve as a lead spokesperson focused on solutions that save oil and reduce climate emissions, fuel economy, electric vehicles, and related technology and policy issues. Candidates must have a strong background in vehicle and fuel technology and transportation policy and excellent written and oral communication skills.


The Senior Engineer/Scientist will help lead UCS efforts to evaluate potential transportation sector policy and technology solutions to cut projected US oil use in half within twenty years and significantly reduce transportation related pollution.

The person in this position will

  • generate reports on oil savings, fuel economy, and electric vehicle technology, develop related policies;
  • serve as a technical expert and a lead spokesperson to media, government and key allies;
  • provide technical information and expertise through testimony, written materials and public speaking;
  • actively promote promising legislation at federal and state levels;
  • assist in developing and managing regulatory campaigns on key oil and transportation-related issues.

Desired Skills & Experience

Qualifications and experience

This position requires five to seven years of related experience for candidates with masters or equivalent experience, including background in research and policy development and analysis. Candidate must have experience communicating technical issues to a non-technical audience through written products and presentations. Candidate should have knowledge of the transportation field, including vehicle and fuel technology, infrastructure, and industries. Candidate should have familiarity with current oil and transportation issues and their political/social/environmental/economic ramifications.  Position requires an understanding of public policy aspects of transportation and related climate and oil issues and the role of technical analyses and advocacy in shaping public opinion and policy debates.

Applicants must have strong quantitative and research skills; strong writing and verbal skills; proficiency with spreadsheet and word processing software; ability to write well for scientific and general audiences; familiarity with economics and public policy; and a team orientation.  Experience with project management, policymakers and the media a plus.

At UCS, comparable training and/or experience can be substituted for degrees when appropriate.

Company Description

The Union of Concerned Scientists is the leading U.S. science-based nonprofit organization working for a healthy environment and a safer world. Founded in 1969, UCS is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and also has offices in Berkeley, Chicago and Washington, D.C. For more information, go to

Additional Information

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full time position based in either UCS’s Washington, DC or Berkeley, CA office. For candidates who meet all position requirements, the salary is in the high $70,000s. UCS offers excellent benefits and is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff. Information about UCS is available at

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, a technical writing sample and a general audience writing sample, salary requirements, how you learned about the position and resume via email to and include “Senior Engineer/Scientist” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: December 14, 2012 or until filled.

Posted: November 28, 2012

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An emotional appeal against drunk driving…

December 4, 2012 at 7:21 pm

Came across this video of a dad advocating against drunk driving.. Mind you, this is not your average 2 mins. pitch. It leaves you with a haunting memory of a family that is trying to pick up its pieces after a horrific accident took away and shows you the lasting impact of a drunk driver on the society at large. Something about the man and his compelling but monotonous appeal still tugs my heart. Oh, please don’t think, even for a minute, that it is an isolated case.  Here are some statistics from Mothers Against Drunk Driving that will sober you to the reality:

  • In 2010, 211 children were killed in drunk driving crashes. Out of those 211 deaths, 131 (62 percent) were riding with the drunk driver.
  • In 2010, 10,228 people died in drunk driving crashes – one every 52 minutes – and 345,000 were injured in drunk driving crashes.

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