USDOT wants your input on the Proposed FHWA 2015 Guidance for Connected Vehicles and the Formation of a V2I Deployment Coalition

October 31, 2014 at 5:13 pm

The Federal Highway Administration plans to produce deployment guidance in 2015 on connected vehicles to transportation infrastructure owner/operators.  Tell us what would best support decision making and deployments at the state and local level.

National Associations including AASHTO, ITE and ITS America are working together to form a Vehicle to Infrastructure(V2I) Coalition.  What type of organization will best meet your needs?

Please provide comments based on the materials distributed on these topics at the September 12, 2014 public meeting including the initial draft guidance, a handout on the proposed coalition, and the list of supporting V2I products/tools under development. The V2I Deployment Guidance Draft is an initial draft document. USDOT is seeking feedback from State and local Departments of Transportation, transit operators, other operating agencies, and infrastructure owners who are starting to plan for the deployment and use of connected vehicle technologies in their area. Any interested parties may provide comments on the initial draft guidance through Friday, November 14, 2014.

Questions to Consider on the Proposed CV Guidance

  • Will the topics covered in the proposed guidance and the companion products being developed provide you with enough support to successfully deploy connected vehicle technologies in your area?
  • Are there additional tools, training, or resources that you would like to see developed?
  • Any other concerns/comments?

Questions to Consider on the V2I Deployment Coalition

  • What are your thoughts about the structure of the proposed coalition?
  • How should associated organizations’ and agencies’ leadership be involved?
  • What challenges are likely to arise and need to be addressed?
  • Any other concerns/comments?

Review source materials and provide comments at: by Friday, November 14, 2014.

Job(s) Alert: Transportation Planner (Multiple Positions) – Foursquare Integrated Transportation Planning @ Rockville, MD

October 31, 2014 at 10:40 am

Several Job Openings at Foursquare Integrated Transportation Planning!


Foursquare Integrated Transportation Planning (Foursquare ITP) is looking for qualified candidates to contribute to, assist, lead, and/or manage teams on a diverse array of transportation projects for state and local governments, federal agencies, transit agencies, and regional agencies. Foursquare ITP is a transportation planning firm based in Rockville, Maryland. As a small firm we are able to give our clients the personalized focus that they seek and deserve. We offer our clients expertise in regional transportation planning and coordination, public transit planning, strategic planning, and transportation demand management. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package.

Foursquare Integrated Transportation Planning, Inc. (Foursquare ITP) has the following job openings:
– Project Manager / Senior Transportation Planner
– Transportation Planner
– Transportation Analyst
– GIS Analyst / Graphic Designer

Position Overviews and General Requirements

The selected candidates will work as part of a team and will be responsible for research, analysis, report development, field work and meeting participation on a wide variety of transportation projects. The selected candidates will be involved in a wide array of projects, including transit development plans, transportation needs assessments, station area plans, transit route planning, financial planning, transit performance monitoring, transportation demand management, and federal grant management. The positions will require research and data analysis utilizing a variety of sources, including transit ridership data, Census, socioeconomic, land use, survey data, and existing plan information.

In addition to having the appropriate technical skills, the successful candidates will be smart, motivated, self-starters who are passionate about transit and transportation planning. The candidates must also be flexible in meeting client demands and operating within a dynamic workflow.

Any position at Foursquare ITP requires excellent communication skills, both written and oral. Topical area expertise is required in one or more of the following: transit planning; transit program
implementation; corridor-level transit planning; regional transportation planning; transit development plans; federal transit grant management; transportation demand management; Environmental Impact Statements/Environmental Assessments; land use and economic development analysis; and strategic planning. A strong working knowledge of the Washington Metropolitan area is desired.

The selected candidates must have the breadth of experience to assist, lead, and/or manage teams on a diverse array of transportation projects for state and local governments, federal agencies, transit agencies, and regional agencies.

Specific Position Descriptions and Required Qualifications

The Project Manager / Senior Transportation Planner will lead projects and tasks, guide analysis, and contribute to the development of a variety of projects. Candidates should have at least ten (10) years of experience and at least three (3) years of task or project management experience. Experience managing staff and contributing to and overseeing projects from the technical and administrative sides is required. Appropriate educational background is also required, including preferably a Master’s degree in transportation planning, urban planning, or similar.

The Transportation Planner will conduct analysis and develop written documentation on a variety of projects. Candidates must have at least three to five years of experience in the field; a Master’s degree in transportation planning, urban planning or similar may be used to substitute for two years of experience.

The Transportation Analyst will conduct analysis and develop written documentation on a variety of projects. Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree in transportation planning, urban planning or similar and a demonstrated interest in transportation planning through coursework and internships.

The GIS Analyst / Graphic Designer will support the planning staff on projects by conducting analysis in GIS, developing sophisticated maps, and creating presentation-ready maps using a post-processing software, such as Adobe Illustrator. This position also requires the use of Adobe InDesign to develop final report documents that are visually pleasing and graphically intensive. Experience in these areas and a Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree in GIS is required.

Résumés and cover letters will be accepted through Friday, November 14, 2014 to resumes @ Candidates must be available to start work in the next three months.

About Foursquare ITP:

Foursquare Integrated Transportation Planning (Foursquare ITP) is looking for qualified candidates to contribute to, assist, lead, and/or manage teams on a diverse array of transportation projects for state and local governments, federal agencies, transit agencies, and regional agencies. Foursquare ITP is a transportation planning firm based in Rockville, Maryland. As a small firm we are able to give our clients the personalized focus that they seek and deserve. We offer our clients expertise in regional transportation planning and coordination, public transit planning, strategic planning, and transportation demand management. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package

Job Alert: Project Manager (Hourly Contract Work) – North American Bike Share Association

October 31, 2014 at 10:15 am

Deadline: Applications accepted until the position is filled.

NABSA is a member association of bikeshare system owners, managers, operators and service vendors. The purpose is to provide collaboration, sharing of experiences and best practices, enhanced communication, and guidance to the new and fast growing industry of bikesharing. NABSA was formed in summer 2014 and seeks to move bike share forward by driving innovation and improvement of bike sharing systems, creating a forum for system owners and providers to collaborate, establishing a voice for bikeshare on federal legislation, and providing information and education on topics not covered in other forums. The organization hosts an annual member meeting, conference and trade show aimed at assisting bike share industry professionals. In addition, NABSA develops best practices and research papers to assist its members and further the development of the bike share industry.


NABSA is seeking an experienced project manager to work on a contract basis to help oversee all bike  share related projects of the newly formed North American Bike Share Association. The contractor will assist with fundraising, foster relationships with bike share professionals, participate in the coordination of member-driven initiatives, and provide administrative support to the board of directors, including completing the formation of the organization. The contractor will report to the president of the board of directors with accountability to board members on a project basis.


Organization Formation

  • Help complete the formation of the organization including finalizing the application for federal tax exemption.
  • Assist accountant with set up of financial systems including implementing sound accounting practices.
  • Establish and maintain a communication system to create transparency, support an “information clearinghouse” and minimize burden on bike share system managers to respond to surveys and information requests.
  • Assist with website content development, review and maintenance.
  • Establish and maintain databases of existing and potential members.
  • Set up organizational infrastructure for future growth.


  • Provide support for board meetings including helping to set agenda, create and disseminate materials and oversee completion of follow-up tasks.
  • Serve as primary point of contact and information clearinghouse for member organizations.
  • Provide task management for work of board members, consultants and volunteers.


  • Support fundraising by creating database of potential funders, cultivating potential funders, and writing grant proposals.

Project Management

  • Coordinate logistics for annual meeting, conference and trade-show.
  • Conduct in-depth research on all aspects of bike share to ensure NABSA is an information clearinghouse.
  • Facilitate national sponsorship and advertising opportunities for member systems
  • Work with partner organizations to support federal legislative initiatives on bike share
  • Assume responsibility for projects as they arise.


  • A Bachelor’s Degree or advanced degree in urban planning, public policy, social sciences, business or non-profit management
  • Excellent project, planning and time management skills including project prioritization and multi-tasking in a fast-paced organization.
  • Strong knowledge of bike share planning and implementation.
  • 5+ years professional work experience.
  • Independent, results-oriented, highly-organized, engaging self starter.
  • Demonstrated excellence in fundraising from a variety of sources including foundations, grants, corporations and individuals.
  • Outstanding active listening skills.
  • Focused on results through a process of engagement.
  • Sophisticated interpersonal, communication and relationship-building skills.
  • Strong computer literacy skills and comfort with technology: Microsoft Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint. GIS and web-based programs helpful.
  • Passion for cycling.


Initial contract term will be for six months with an estimated 30 hours per week. Compensation is $30 /hr or commensurate with experience. The contractor can be based in a variety of cities. Some travel expected.

It is the policy of the NABSA that no person shall be discriminated against based on race, religion, color, sex, marital status, family status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or source of income.

To apply, send a resume and cover letter to

Job Alert: Clipper Program Coordinator (Implementation & Expansion) – Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) @ Oakland, CA

October 29, 2014 at 3:12 pm

Under the supervision and direction of the Clipper Senior Program Coordinator, Implementation & Expansion, the Assistant/Associate Program Coordinator will manage, organize, and implement the following tasks. In most cases, execution of these tasks requires coordination/collaboration with other members of MTC’s Clipper® project management team, transit agency staff, staff with the Clipper Contractor and other consultants.

Clipper® is an all-in-one transit card that keeps track of any passes, discount tickets, ride books and cash value that you load onto it, while applying all applicable fares, discounts and transfer rules. The Clipper card can hold multiple passes, ride books or tickets (which are specific to the transit system being used), as well as up to $300 in cash value at one time and lets the holder customize their card for own transit needs:

The person in this position must have:

  • Strong analytical skills necessary to perform and present quantitative analysis.
  • Advanced Excel skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and presentation of quantitative information; including the ability to translate technical and financial data/information into a format understandable to internal and external stakeholders, and the general public.
  • Strong meeting planning, management, and facilitation skills.
  • Attention to detail and data accuracy.

Must be able to:

  • Analyze problems,
  • Develop strategies and make practical recommendations;
  • Prepare correspondence, and reports to a wide variety of audiences
  • Manage competing assignments and priorities to meet critical deadlines within short time constraints.
  • Work independently.
  • Use initiative and sound judgment within established procedural guidelines.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Develop consensus among local agencies and consultants on various issues.
  • work efficiently as part of a team, and develop and maintain strong and effective working relationships with key internal and external staff.
  • The ability to interpret, comply, and quickly respond to frequently changing priorities.
  • The ability to creatively solve problems, take personal initiative, and carry out assignments with minimum supervision.
  • Be flexibile and willing to evolve to challenges

Click here to learn more and to apply.

Job Alert: Senior Transportation Specialist (Planning Capacity Building Team Leader) – FHWA (USDOT) @ Washington, DC

October 28, 2014 at 6:50 pm

The FHWA Office of Planning, Environment, and Realty is pleased to announce the opening of a “Senior Transportation Specialist” position that will serve as the Planning Capacity Building Team Leader in the Office of Planning.  The Office of Planning is responsible for the development and implementation of national policies, regulations, guidelines, standards, procedures, techniques, and initiatives to comply with the transportation planning and programming provisions.  The position will:
·         Serve as an authoritative advisor on a national basis within a wide area of transportation planning and capacity building issues and, as such, plays a major role in FHWA in developing and promoting national policies, programs, and procedures on numerous transportation and community planning and policy issues, and for providing authoritative advice, counsel, and interpretation of FHWA policies, procedures, and regulations.
·         Provide leadership, coordination, and support for existing program activities and assessment of program direction in response to changes in internal and external needs.
·         Possess a mastery of advanced concepts, principles and practices and serves as the national expert in the application of a variety of program focus areas within the Office of Planning.
·         Coordinate and communicate with others on work activities within the Office’s area of responsibility.

The ideal candidate is a mid to senior level professional who functions independently and demonstrates leadership in team environments and managing people.  You should also have strong analytical, strategic planning, and communication skills.  Experience should also include analytical expertise and/or project/program oversight in capacity building and administering transportation planning projects, programs and processes.  Experience in the analysis and/or improvement of transportation policy and an ability to meet organizational goals is also desirable.

·         Open Period:  Tuesday, October 28, 2014 to Monday, November 10, 2014
·         Series and Grade:  GS-2101-15
·         Duty Location:  One vacancy in Washington, DC

For those interested in knowing more about the position or applying, please see job announcement numbers FHWA.HEP-2015-0001 or FHWA.HEP-2015-0002:
·         Open to all U.S. Citizens –
·         Merit Promotion Vacancy (Open to all current Federal employees, those prior Feds with re-instatement eligibility rights & VEOA applicants) –

Should you have any questions regarding this position, please send an email to or contact the Automated Staffing Office at 202-366-1298.

Infographic: The States Where Electric Car Sales Are Skyrocketing

October 28, 2014 at 12:15 pm

via Forbes/Statista

Image courtesy: Statista via Forbes

Click here for the accompanying story

BuzzFeed Video: If Driving Was Taught Like Sex Ed…

October 27, 2014 at 10:00 am

via BuzzFeedVideo

Given the high number of road deaths around the world (~1.2million fatalities/year globally and ~34K in the US alone), we can definitely use something like this to get the kids ready for the road ..  It is quite funny with all the innuendos and not-so-subtle references to sex-ed. (BTW, looking at the number of hits the video has garnered on YouTube, I couldn’t  help but wish the safety videos from Govt and other non.profit organizations enjoy this level of attention).

Global Reality Check – On average, American drivers are taxed roughly 10 times less than their European counterparts for each gallon of gasoline

October 23, 2014 at 7:36 pm

Below is a tweet that got me wondering.  Despite knowing the bad status of the Highway Trust Fund, why is congress so hesitant to raise the gas tax? I’m sure many of you are left asking the same question. Several years have gone by and many transportation reauthorizations bills have been enacted since the last time we raised the gas tax (in the early 1990s). But there is still no appetite to raise the gas tax, even by a few cents (and there seems to be any sense of urgency as well).  Hopefully this trend is reversed in the upcoming re-authorization in 2015.  BTW, am I alone in thinking that this picture below also subtly answers why we love our cars so much and like to build houses far from the urban core? What would happen to our current development model/real estate practices if gasoline was taxed like how it is done in Europe?

If you get a chance, visit this brilliant website (by ARTBA), Transportation Makes America Work, to see the impact of how this current gas tax situation is affecting the nation’s progress (you can even check out the impact on your particular state’s infrastructure). Also if you are interested, you can take action by contacting your local representative right on the website (and if you are a transportation nerd like me, you can always download the app on your phone and be ready to spill the facts in any discussion).

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Job Alert: Transit Planner & LEED Specialist – Lea+Elliott @ Dulles, VA

October 22, 2014 at 10:25 am

Lea+Elliott is seeking a junior to mid-level planner with an interest in transit and a background in LEED to be based in Northern Virginia either at our regional office at Dulles Airport or at a project office.  Work assignments will include transit projects throughout the eastern United States.  Under guidance and supervision, duties may include:

  • Serving as a liaison between design reviewers and other planners to ensure that the teams are kept aware of relevant project issues.
  • Assisting in the evaluation of contractor’s management plans and providing comments on design documents as part of the design review process.
  • Serving as LEED Coordinator on one or more transit projects
  • Representing client in meetings with project contractors.
  • Ensuring compliance of contractors with applicable local, state, and federal regulations, primarily environmental.
  • Assistance with property acquisition activities and locality coordination as needed.


  • Degree in Urban Planning (specialty in Transportation or Environmental) or Transportation Engineering. Masters degree preferred.
  • At least 2-4 years of full-time relevant planning and/or project experience including involvement in at least one LEED project.
  • Proficiency in navigating architectural and engineering drawings and specifications.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • LEED Green Associate accreditation required, and candidate must demonstrate ability to become LEED AP accredited within one year if not already accredited.
  • AICP certification or the ability to obtain same is desired but not required.
  • Experience with FTA, State, or local transportation planning and environmental processes a plus
  • Technological aptitude including comfort with Microsoft Office.
  • Willingness to be open to new work responsibilities.

Please respond to with cover letter and resume.

Job Alert: Research Scientist/Engineer (Program Manager – Traffic Crash Analysis Program) – Texas Transportation Institute @ College Station, TX

October 22, 2014 at 10:10 am

Position Description

The Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) Center for Transportation Safety is seeking an individual to lead and serve as Program Manager for the Traffic Crash Analysis Program.  The incumbent will lead efforts to identify new sources of funding, ensure timely submittal and quality of work products, oversee proposal development, and develop and mentor staff.  Responsibilities include managing traffic safety projects which may include literature review, data collection, analysis, and technical report development in areas such as crash analysis, impaired driving, and other traffic related topics.

Continued employment in this position is dependent upon availability of funding and satisfactory level of performance.

Essential Duties:

Serve as principal investigator of research studies involving transportation safety, performance evaluations and program evaluation 25%
Conduct literature review 15%
Prepare technical reports 15%
Collect data and conduct analysis 10%
Outreach – Community & Stakeholder 10%
Report/presentation preparation and delivery 10%
Proposal and project development 10%

Required Qualifications:

  • Masters degree in engineering, planning, public health, health education or related field
  • 8 years of experience in traffic safety analysis using crash data and statistical methods
  • Strong project management experience
  • Proposal and project development experience
  • Strong oral and written communication skills specifically related to technical reports in related field
  • Proficient with MS Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and statistical analysis software (e.g., SAS)
  • Ability to travel overnight
  • Ability to work effectively with others to identify and accomplish project tasks

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prefer Ph.D. in related discipline
  • Record of successful proposal submittals in traffic safety.
  • Prior experience in managing a program of traffic safety analysis.
  • Record of successful relationships with local, state or Federal transportation or safety agency officials and project managers.
  • Extensive experience with traffic records and/or crash analysis and data-linking techniques
  • Experience in developing traffic safety related training and educational materials.
  • Experience with MS Project and/or MS Access as well as SPSS or SAS statistical software.
  • Experience with crash analysis software related to problem identification in geographical areas or according to demographics.

For more information and to apply, please visit: