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 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.

This is one way to make biking appealing – Utrecht (Netherlands) has built this beautiful parking for bicycles (Video)

July 3, 2014 at 6:23 pm

(via Bicycle Dutch)

The Dutch are leaving no stone unturned in their effort to make cycling appealing to their population (all the while adding to the jealousy of many around the globe).  This time around, they have built the a fantastic bike parking facility in Utrecht that is a beauty to behold.. What I like about the facility is how functional, clean, airy, well lit and accessible it is (awesome design) for users. The lanes are clearly marked with easy to navigate aisles and lanes.  And what’s more? It accommodates all kinds of bikes, even the ones with the baskets upfront and the saddles in the back.  All this at an affordable price –  the first 24 hours of parking are free. After that it costs €1.25 per following 24 hours (€2.50 for larger bicycles).If you are a regular users, might as well consider getting annual subscription for €75/year.

Check out the video below to see how awesome it is and head over to Bicycle Dutch to read a thorough narrative that explains everything you may want to know about this facility.

Job Alert: Program Manager – Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO) @ Washington, DC

July 2, 2014 at 6:19 pm

The Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO) seeks a Program Manager to manage its membership program and aspects of the annual conference. The position is located in Washington, DC. See for information regarding AMPO.

Job Duties


  • Manage membership program, working directly with over 200 MPOs and transportation consulting firms.
  • Answer inquiries and build and maintain relationships with members.
  • Maintain membership database.
  • Work with bookkeeper to generate, send, and track membership invoices.
  • Provide membership report to AMPO Board.

Annual Conference

  • Responsible for the planning of AMPO’s Annual Conference, working directly with AMPO Technical Committee to develop program content.
  • Manage all logistics onsite at the Annual Conference hotel.
  • Solicit and secure sponsors and exhibitors.
  • Work closely with the host MPO member organization to develop mobile workshops, organize volunteers, and other Annual Conference logistics.
  • Assist executive director with managing and monitoring conference budget.


  • Compile news from federal agencies, associations, MPOs, and policy and technical updates to include in a biweekly electronic newsletter, aMPO eMAIL.
  • Edit transportation policy related documents from AMPO; including white papers, letters to congressional and executive branch offices, and updates to members.
  • Update AMPO website, using Word Press.


  • Assist with organizing AMPO Board and Committee activities.
  • Develop and implement annual awards program, honoring organization and individual leaders in transportation planning.
  • Represent AMPO at industry meetings with federal and association partners and stakeholders.

Required/Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from four year college or university, with three to five years of work experience, preferably in an association or non-profit setting.
  • Ideal candidate should have excellent written and oral communication skills, interpersonal, editing, and organization skills; takes initiative; meeting planning experience; knowledge of WordPress; and ability to work in a small, fast paced office.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications required.
  • Occasional travel is required.

Salary and Benefits

AMPO offers a competitive salary, based on experience and qualifications. AMPO provides outstanding benefits (health, dental, disability insurance; retirement plan contribution; vacation and sick leave; pre-tax cafeteria plan; and transit benefit).

To Apply

AMPO is an equal opportunity employer. Please provide a cover letter describing your interest in the position and qualifications, resume, and a short writing sample (no more than 3 pages) to: staff@ampo.orgPlace in the subject: Program Manager.

Applications can also be mailed to:

DeLania Hardy
Executive Director
444 North Capitol St., NW
Ste. 345
Washington, DC 20001

No phone calls please.

TRB 2015 Annual Meeting – Vehicle-Highway Automation Projects and Programs: Call for Abstracts – Special Poster Session

July 2, 2014 at 6:01 pm

TRB 2015 Annual Meeting – Vehicle-Highway Automation Projects and Programs

Call for Abstracts – Special Poster Session 

Committee on Vehicle-Highway Automation (AHB30)

Committee on Intelligent Transportation Systems (AHB15)

Joint Subcommittee on Challenges and Opportunities of Road Vehicle Automation

Vehicle-Highway automation has generated strong interest within the past year, leading to the initiation of a wide variety of new projects and programs.  Because of the novelty of this field, many of the new activities have not yet advanced to the stage that they can present sufficiently definitive results that would pass the normal peer review criteria for a technical paper.  Nevertheless, the plans and focus areas of these projects and programs are likely to be of significant interest to the TRB Annual Meeting participants. This poster session provides exposure to a wide range of topics and activities in the field of vehicle-highway automation.

Abstracts are invited now. The following topic areas related to vehicle-highway automation are suitable for the poster session:

  •  introductions to research centers or programs
  •  research agendas
  • prospective studies and work in progress
  • qualitative research studies

Please note that abstracts will be peer reviewed.  A limited number of posters will be selected for presentation based on the following criteria:

  • technical quality
  • originality
  • direct relevance to the field of vehicle-highway automation
  •  appropriateness of the methodology
  •  non-commercial nature of the content.

Abstracts are due by September 15, 2014.  Peer review decisions will be announced by October 15, 2014.

  • Please submit your abstract by emailing to
  • Abstracts should be limited to 300 words.
  • Abstracts should include:
    • Name, affiliation, and contact information for all authors
    • A descriptive title
    • A short description (300 words) of the proposed poster content