Job Alert: Transportation Specialist, GS-2101-13/14 – Federal Highway Administration @ Washington, DC

August 30, 2013 at 6:46 pm

Note: Applications closing date – Monday September 9, 2013 

This position is in the Office of Transportation Operations within the Office of Operations, Federal Highway Administration.  You will serve as one of the Agency’s national experts for transportation operations, in particular, highway work zone safety and mobility management.  Accordingly, you will participate on the Road Weather and Work Zone Management Team.  You will also provide expertise in support of other areas, namely the implementation of management strategies and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) that improve transportation operations.  As such, providing leadership; initiates, develops, promotes, markets, and conducts national programs; provides technical support and technology transfer; develops and interprets regulations, policies, procedures, and guidelines; and develops, interprets, and applies legislative requirements and FHWA directives for the administration and support of work zone management as it supports the agency’s system performance goals.

This position is ideal for a mid-career or experienced professional with knowledge and experience in transportation operations and highway work zone safety and mobility management theory, principles, concepts, practices and techniques.


  •  Participate in the development of program goals and strategies for mainstreaming advanced transportation operations and work zone safety and mobility management technologies within the Federal-aid program.
  • Develop and aids implementation of regulations, policies, and guidance on various transportation operations and work zone safety and mobility management issues.
  • Participate in the development of the Work Zone Management program budget/spend plan and roadmap in alignment with program strategies, lending expertise from a historical perspective based on experience with the Work Zone  Management program and providing strategic input for the future focus of the Program.
  • Provide project oversight of contractors working on numerous technical work zone projects. Serve as project manager for these technical projects, ensuring that contractor deliverables meet the requirements laid out in the task orders and meet the objectives of the Work Zone Management Program.
  • Provide liaison and work with staff from State and local departments of transportation, AASHTO, TRB, ITE, ITS America, ATSSA, and other partners outside U.S. DOT
  • Prepare responses to Congressional, Office of the Secretary, and other outside inquiries regarding transportation operations and work zone safety and mobility management.

Click here to learn more and to apply

Best title for a news article about a truck accident

August 29, 2013 at 12:13 am

Best titled news article of the day

The best vehicle to arrive in for the Sunday brunch – Ford’s Bacon wrapped Fiesta

August 28, 2013 at 11:24 pm

Ford is giving customers the chance to wrap their 2014 Ford Fiestas in bacon to celebrate International Bacon Day (August 31). The wraps are available along with Ford’s other less-delicious looking wraps on the Fiesta graphics website. Prices start at $78 plus installation.  I wonder what will happen if such a vehicle arrives in the Middle East, where pork is a strict no no.

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Internship Alert: Part-Time, PAID Transportation Planning Intern – Central Maryland Regional Transit @ Laurel, MD

August 22, 2013 at 6:03 pm

NOTE: There is also a paid transit marketing internship that pays about $10- $12/hr.  Click here to learn more.

CMRT Transit HomeCentral Maryland Regional Transit Agency seeks one paid Transportation Planning Intern to support their Planning Department in the ongoing performance analysis and development of a multi-jurisdictional public transit bus service which extends throughout the Central Maryland region.   This position is a learning opportunity for an individual seeking to grow their knowledge of planning and data analysis in the public transportation industry.

The Intern will assist the Planning Department in building relationships with partner organizations, conducting research, maintaining its transit database, and preparing presentations and other materials.

Candidates should possess excellent written and verbal skills and have a good working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, specifically Access, Excel and Word. In addition, a working knowledge of ArcGIS is required.

Aside from working with the Planning Department, the Intern will also work closely with the agency’s marketing program serving as a community transportation advocate promoting accessible and affordable transportation options. This may include attending functions, seminars, events, fairs, etc. to communicate directly with end-users to gather data and receive feedback on the progress of transportation in the CMRT service area.

Ideally, candidates should be enrolled at an accredited educational institution and should have had or be currently enrolled in coursework related to Urban and Regional Planning, and/or Transportation Planning and have a desire to learn about the transit industry.

To express interest in this opportunity email cover letter, resume and/or portfolio to or by mail to CMRT HR, 312 Marshall Avenue, Suite 1000, Laurel MD 20707.  CMRT is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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Celebrating National Aviation Day With Video of F-35B Vertical Landing at Night on a Carrier Deck for the First Time

August 19, 2013 at 6:10 pm

via Lockheed Martin

Today, August 19th, is the U.S. National Aviation Day and what better way to celebrate than with a video of first night time vertical landing of F-35B on a carrier deck.  The video shows a U.S. Marine Corps test pilot performing the first night-time vertical landing aboard the USS WASP  on August 14 and it looks equal parts scary and awesome seen in the neon green glow of the night-vision camera. It is safe to say that it adds a new dimension and immense depth to the strike capability of a carrier group with this new feature added.

* Note: According to Wikipedia that National Aviation Day is observed to celebrate the development of aviation.  It was established in 1939 by Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who issued a presidential proclamation which designated the anniversary of Orville Wright‘s birthday to be National Aviation Day (Mr. Wright, born in 1871, was still alive when the proclamation was first issued, and would live another nine years). The proclamation was codified (USC 36:I:A:1:118), and it allows the sitting US President to proclaim August 19 as National Aviation Day each year, if desired. His/her proclamation may direct all federal buildings and installations to fly the US flag on that day, and may encourage citizens to observe the day with activities that promote interest in aviation.

Job Alert: Advocacy Advance Outreach Coordinator – Alliance for Biking & Walking @ Washington, DC

August 19, 2013 at 5:05 pm
The Alliance for Biking & Walking is seeking a full-time Outreach Coordinator to work from our DC office as part of the Advocacy Advance program.  Advocacy Advance is a dynamic partnership of the Alliance for Biking & Walking and the League of American Bicyclists to boost local and state bicycle and pedestrian advocacy efforts. Advocacy Advance provides targeted trainings, reports, grants and technical assistance to equip advocates with the specific tools they need to increase biking and walking investments in their communities. To find out more, please visit

The Advocacy Advance Outreach Coordinator will work directly with advocacy organizations and agency staff to increase the awareness of funding programs for walking and biking projects and programs and share best practices in securing and utilizing this funding at the state and local level nationwide. The work of the Outreach Coordinator will have a particular emphasis on communicating the health benefits of walking and biking and related funding opportunities.  Work includes social media communications, health research and outreach, sharing best practices of advocacy organizations, field travel and database management.

Outreach Coordinator Responsibilities
Health Research and Outreach:
•    Research and communicate about the health benefits of active transportation and health-related funding, policies and advocacy
•    Conduct outreach to member organizations on applicable issues to support their advocacy campaigns and organizational development, particularly related to the health impacts of transportation policy and funding
•    Create resources for transportation advocates, agencies and the health community explaining the connection between transportation planning, funding and safe, accessible infrastructure
•    Work with local, state and national partners to provoke a national conversation about the health benefits of walking
•    Turn technical research and policy reports into easy-to-understand resources for general audiences, including the health community
•    Maintain the Advocacy Advance website and promote resources through social media, including blogs and photos

Advocacy and Organizational Support:
•    Gather and share examples of how advocates and agency staff have successful won and used public funding for pedestrian and bicycle projects and programs
•    Review grant reports and member activities and share best practices among advocacy members
•    Facilitate / present at workshops, conferences and webinars
•    Perform other administrative duties as needed

•    Strong oral and written communication skills
•    1-3 years experience in nonprofit outreach, communications, research, or related field
•    Familiarity with InDesign
•    Familiarity with web site management, HTML and database tools
•    Experience with social media management or organizations
•    Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
•    Interest in pedestrian and bicycle advocacy and health issues
•    Track record of working well on team projects
•    Cheerful, friendly and upbeat outlook

•    Familiarity with Salesforce
•    Knowledge of bicycle and pedestrian projects and programs nationwide
•    Interest in transportation policy and funding
•    Hands-on work with state and local advocacy organizations and agency staff
•    Specific experience working with national non-profit organizations

Compensation will be relative to experience with health and retirement benefits. The Advocacy Advance Outreach Coordinator reports to the Advocacy and Programs Director.

Timeline and How to Apply
Interested applicants should apply to Brighid O’Keane, Advocacy and Programs Director, at with “Advocacy Advance Outreach Coordinator” in the subject line.  All applicants should include a cover letter, resume and professional writing sample (no college papers, please). Optional additions include a link to a personal or social media account you have managed and a design sample.  The final deadline for applications is 12 Noon EDT, Thursday, August 29th 2013. Finalists will be contacted for interviews.

Equal Opportunity Employment:  The Alliance for Biking & Walking is an equal opportunity employer. Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

About the Alliance

The Alliance for Biking & Walking is the only national organization that trains, assists, empowers and strengthens community leaders and their organizations to transform communities through better bicycling and walking. With more than 200 state and local bicycle and pedestrian organizations employing hundreds of professionals in nearly every city and state, our people powered movement is transforming communities and the country.

The Alliance for Biking & Walking creates, strengthens and unites state/province and local bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations.

Every community benefits from the fun, practicality and efficiency of biking and walking. In 2020, one-third of all trips in North America will be made by bicycling and walking for all reasons ranging from personal health and environmental sustainability, to economic necessity and moral responsibility.

Click here to apply
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Friday Fun – This is how U.S. Government Takes Care of “Illegally” Imported Vehicles

August 16, 2013 at 5:11 pm

via Huffingtonpost

Apparently this is how the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (covers U.S. Customs and Border Patrol) takes care of imported vehicles with falsified documentation.. As Huffingtonpost notes,  this Land Rover Defender reached the Port of Baltimore with falsified identification numbers, claiming to be an older model.  But when the USCBP folks found out that this model is in fact newer and tinkered with to look “vintage”, they decided to junk it because it does not comply with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency regulations.  The seized vehicle — estimated to be worth $25,000 overseas but as much as $150,000 in the U.S. — was considered “illegal and unsafe,” officials said. Such a non-compliant vehicle cannot be imported unless it is at least 25 years old, officials said.   It seems that dozens of similar Defender vehicles have been seized in recent months at ports around the country and one can only imagine the rivers of tears shed by the owners when they learned the fate.

Infograph: Inside The Hyperloop – The 5th Form of Transportation?

August 9, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Mashable shared this nice infograph developed by that breaks down the details of the much anticipated Hyperloop, a new form of transportation backed by innovative entrepreneur Elon Musk.  It warrants attention, knowing it is backed by Elon Musk, who has already wowed the world with his transportation ventures like SpaceX and Tesla. It is expect that Elon Musk will unveil the Alpha design and discuss the details of the Hyperloop on August 12.. Can’t wait!

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Job Alert: Community Organizer – San Francisco Bicycle Coalition

August 7, 2013 at 7:11 pm

The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is seeking a seasoned, effective organizer to work on expanding bicycling and bicycling infrastructure in San Francisco. If you are passionate about bicycling, and passionate about increasing the diversity of bicycling, this is your chance to help improve the lives of huge numbers of San Franciscans.

  • Hours: Full time. Hours may be flexible. Position will entail some work on weeknights and weekends, in order to attend community meetings and events.
  • Reports to: Deputy Director

You will work with all parts of the organization, members and volunteers to develop and win support for key bicycling infrastructure improvements (bikeways, neighborhood greenways, spot improvements, paving, etc). This work will entail working closely with community groups, businesses and elected officials to develop grassroots and grasstops support for new and improved biking infrastructure. You will also be responsible for helping create and support member-led campaigns.


You should be comfortable with street-level organizing as well as grasstops outreach. Responsibilities may include, but will not be limited to:

  • Campaign strategy and outreach for campaigns to build more, better bikeways throughout the city in line with our Connecting the City initiative.
  • Organizing on the street and other forms of grassroots outreach.
  • Developing and supporting member-led campaigns.
  • Working with city agencies and elected officials to advance campaigns.
  • Connect with new and deepen existing relationships with community partners.
  • Representing the organization at public meetings and community meetings.
  • Communicating two-way with members about our work at all steps in the campaign process.
  • Hiring and managing a team of diverse interns.


  • Deep commitment to the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition mission.
  • Fluency in a Chinese language or Spanish strongly encouraged.
  • At least two years of experience as an organizer.
  • Strong interpersonal and relational skills.
  • Ability to take initiative and lead advocacy efforts within the organization.
  • Demonstrated track record of successful project planning, management, base-building and strategy implementation.
  • Ability to work individually and as part of a team.
  • Excellent communicator with a wide variety of types of audiences.
  • Experience sourcing and managing a diverse cohort of interns and volunteers.
  • Desire and ability to implement systems that will allow your work to scale quickly and significantly to be able to reach more people.


Salary is to be determined, depending upon experience. This package includes strong benefits.


Send a compelling cover letter and resume to Kit Hodge, Deputy Director, at kit [at] sfbike DOT org. Please include “Community Organizer Candidate, YOUR NAME” in the subject line, and be sure to mention where you saw the job advertised. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. People of color and women are strongly encouraged to apply.

San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation or political orientation.

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Job Alert: Transportation Specialist (GS 13/14) – USDOT Federal Highway Administration

August 7, 2013 at 5:51 pm

FHWA Traffic Incident Management Position Available
The FHWA is currently seeking a senior-level Transportation Specialist to serve as a National expert in Traffic Incident Management (TIM).  The ideal candidate will have a proven track record as a leader and influencing stakeholders and senior executives from transportation operations and a variety of non-traditional disciplines, such as law enforcement, fire, EMS, public works, towing and others. In addition, the candidate best-suited for this position will also have operational and tactical expertise in TIM, especially in developing and sustaining programmatic institutions (e.g., State or local TIM Teams), building practitioner capacity through training and other methods, and conducting public awareness and education on how motorists should respond when involved in or affected by traffic incidents.

FHWA encourages all candidates that fit the qualifications in the linked advertisements to apply for this exciting position.  Most candidates will come from local, regional, Tribal, State or Federal governments, the private sector or association partners serving the public safety community.

HWA.HOP-2013-0025 Internal, open to Government employees only:

FHWA.HOP-2013-0026 External, open to all US Citizens:

 Note: Deadline for application is Friday, August 09, 2013