Job Alert: Research Analyst – Mobility Lab @ Arlington, VA

December 22, 2014 at 2:13 pm

Position Title: Research Analyst

Number of Open Positions: One, full-time.

Hiring Organization: Mobility Lab, a program managed by the Destination Sales & Marketing Group, Limited on behalf of Arlington County Commuter Services.

About the Mobility Lab Program

Mobility Lab is a program of Arlington County, Virginia’s transportation demand management bureau, Arlington County Commuter Services (ACCS). The program has four main functions. One is hosting and co-sponsoring events related to transportation demand management (TDM) and transit-oriented development (TOD). The second is sharing news and information about TDM and TOD via the web site. The third is educating policy-makers about TDM.

The Research Analyst will help fulfill Mobility Lab’s fourth function, conducting research. At present, Mobility Lab’s primary research efforts focus on the following four categories:

  1. Evaluation and measurement of other ACCS programs.
  2. Public-opinion and other market research related to transportation.
  3. Fulfilling data and information requests from ACCS programs, as well as groups outside of ACCS and Arlington County government.
  4. Special projects.

Prior Mobility Lab research studies may be viewed at

Since TDM is an inherently public-facing transportation specialty and the companion elements of the Mobility Lab program are oriented towards outreach and communication, the research program must continuously strike a balance between serving the fast-paced, ever-changing needs for information from colleagues, and maintaining high standards of quality for projects that span many months or years. The program must also provide information to ACCS staff that is, technically sound, easy-to-understand, and actionable.

The research program is highly visible and receives considerable scrutiny from within ACCS.

Why are We Hiring for this Position?

The Mobility Lab Research Director and colleagues have identified a need to integrate program-evaluation-and-measurement research functions further into the day-to-day work of ACCS programs.

As one example, Mobility Lab will work with Arlington Transportation Partners (the business-outreach program of ACCS), to measure the impact of new transportation benefits or outreach on mode shift by analyzing small-scale pre- and post-intervention datasets in partnership with ATP staff as they engage employers regarding offering or expanding TDM benefits to their employees.

The research program will also enhance its integration with other ACCS programs by supporting information gathering for those programs. This will include providing regular written and oral synopses of relevant academic and public research to program staff, with key takeaways that the programs can use to enhance their work. The research program will also provide streams of regularly updated market information, such as demographic and transportation-related Census data, news of business relocations, and new residential construction.

In order to fulfill these new functions, Mobility Lab needs to expand its in-house capacity for collecting, analyzing, and synthesizing data and making informed, evidence-based, data-driven recommendations. The Research Analyst will add knowledge of quantitative-research data collection, statistics, and data management.

Adding in-house capacity will complement existing and future research work managed by Mobility Lab but conducted by consulting firms.

The Research Analyst will report directly to the Research Director. The Research Analyst will also interact with other Mobility Lab and ACCS staff.


  • Draft survey questionnaires for approval by Research Director and other stakeholders.
  • Assist with programming and monitoring of internet-based surveys.
  • Analyze survey data using descriptive statistics and significance tests, and compare that data with other spatial and non-spatial data.
  • Summarize and present analysis findings through written, visual, and oral communication.
  • Assist the Research Director and ACCS-program staff with analysis of contact databases, including query and report writing.
  • Track and report on outside research relevant to ACCS programs, as well as employer, labor-market, transportation, and demographic data.
  • Assist in the creation of a database for the collection of performance metrics for ACCS programs. Lead maintenance and updating of the database for reporting to the Commonwealth of Virginia and other stakeholders.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Strong critical-thinking ability and capacity to build evidence-based arguments.
  • Excellent analytic and technical skills that support critical thinking and evidence-based arguments.
  • General knowledge of common primary and secondary sources of data, as well as a curiosity for exploring, discovering, and using new sources.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to be proactive in identifying and offering solutions to problems.
  • Proficiency with common statistics packages (such as SPSS, SAS, R, or similar), Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Access.
  • One to three years of professional experience in research analysis.
  • Proficiency with any geographic information systems (GIS) software is strongly preferred.
  • Experience designing and fielding internet-based surveys and analyzing collected data using common statistical tests preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree in geography, business, public policy, economics, sociology, psychology, computer science, statistics, or urban planning. Candidates with degrees in economics, business, sociology, psychology, computer science, and statistics, must demonstrate an interest in cities, transportation, and/or marketing. 

Salary and Benefits

Salary will be commensurate with experience, but in the range of $50,000 to $65,000 per year.

Participation in DS&MG’s 401(k) plan, health insurance (including dental and vision), short- and long-term disability, as well as direct payment of transit/vanpool costs up to $130 per month (up to $1,560 per year) OR bike-commuting costs at $20 per month ($240 per year), and payment of annual Capital Bikeshare membership fees ($75 per year). A “compressed” work schedule that allows employees to take every-other Friday as a day off after six months of employment per supervisor approval. Total paid time off for vacation and illness of 128 hours (16 days) per year. An additional 10 paid holidays per year.

Note that this is not a position with Arlington County Government.

To Apply

Please send a letter of introduction, resume, three professional or academic references, and one writing sample that demonstrates your ability to communicate quantitative information. One sample of any work that demonstrates your ability to communicate quantitative information through visuals is also welcome, though not required.

Send materials in PDF format to Please include the phrase “Mobility Lab Research Analyst” in the Subject line. No phone calls please.

Job Alert: Special Projects Officer – Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) @ Washington, DC

December 21, 2014 at 5:11 pm

The Special Projects Officer will assist with the implementation of Metro’s approved Public Participation Plan (PPP) to improve two way communication to boost inclusiveness of the public for all major initiatives.   This position will develop communications plans as well as plan and host opportunities for riders, the public, community organizations, advocacy groups, and special interest groups to provide feedback on major service, capital projects, and policy initiatives under consideration at Metro.

This position will schedule, coordinate and track public activities and ensure outreach is conducted in the appropriate service areas.  Traditionally hard-to-reach populations must be engaged.  This position will also serve as a brand ambassador for Metro at a wide variety of events and meetings, which includes setting up events, giving presentations, taking surveys and other communication strategies.

The ideal candidate is a self-starter and well organized. Has experience working with community groups and non-profits; understands minority, ethnic and religious populations and possesses a high level of cultural sensitivity.  Candidate also has excellent presentation skills, is comfortable in front of large and small crowds and has the ability to simplify complex information based on the audience.  Additional preferences include bilingual, flexible work schedule (evenings, weekends, and early mornings), valid driver’s license and ability to lift 25lbs.  JOB ID: 141282

Job Alert: Program Analyst – USDOT Federal Transit Administration (FTA) @ Washington, DC

December 18, 2014 at 6:32 pm

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This position is located in the Office of Program Management, Office of Transit Programs. The office is responsible for administering capital and operating financial assistance programs nationally in support of public transportation systems and other specialized transportation services. This office also oversees technical assistance activities in support of human service transportation. The selectee will be responsible for assisting in the development, implementation, and management of these transportation and technical assistance programs. The programs may include formula and discretionary programs to support urban and rural transportation services as well as targeted human services transportation initiatives.

Under supervision of the Chief, Division of Rural and Targeted Programs or the Chief, Division of Urbanized Area Programs, the selectee participates in the planning, development and implementation of policies, procedures, and technical processes for ongoing program development, implementation and monitoring.

The Ideal Candidate will have excellent communication skills and have the ability to provide specialized technical assistance to grantees, program managers, and senior staff to resolve problems and to ensure successful delivery of Federal funded programs. 


As a Program Analyst, you will:

  • Work with FTA headquarters and regional staff on issues and tasks related to development and implementation of formula and discretionary grant programs and related program policies. These include program guidance, program apportionment, budget and obligation activity; monitoring of grant activity and project eligibility for various FTA programs; coordination of labor and grant development issues; program support and technical assistance to the regional offices and transit stakeholders, including the riding public; and development of strategic initiatives. The work may also involve evaluating changes to legislation, identifying program needs or issues, and recommending new guidance or policies to address changes in legislation or program issues. The work includes resolution of issues involving grantees, regional offices, State or local authorities and/or headquarters personnel.
  • Assist in development and provision of program guidance to FTA staff and grantees on grant programs such as Urbanized Area Formula Program, the Rural Area Formula program, targeted Human Services Transportation Formula Programs, and other discretionary or formula programs as needed. Track and coordinate information resources for assigned programs and develop or oversee the development of useful materials. Assist in outreach activities and both external and internal relationship development and networking associated with delegated programs.
  • Assist in identifying and developing outreach opportunities to share program information and foster collaboration between stakeholders; this may also include directing the activities of relevant technical assistance centers that support FTA’s grant programs.
  • Oversee, prepare reports, tables, and summaries on results of delegated programs, and prepare briefing material and information about the formula and/or discretionary programs for use by the Division Chief, Office Director, Deputy Associate and Associate Administrators for Program Management in making program and budget presentations and decisions. Provide grant information to headquarters program and regional offices. Is a member of committees that work to ensure effective management and oversight of FTA grant activities.
  • Assure assigned programs comply with pertinent legislation, regulations, and objectives and that program implementation are compatible with DOT and FTA’s environmental, social, economic goals and needs. Participate on discretionary program evaluation panels and help develop strategies and tactics for effective program evaluation and analysis activities for assigned programs.
  • Assure that delegated program information and guidance is adequately shared across an effective communication network of internal and external FTA stakeholders. Facilitate communications especially in providing technical assistance and assisting regions with delegated programs. Prepare, review and edit a variety of correspondence, memoranda, speeches, briefs, presentations, newsletters and other types of communication materials. Oversee and assess materials developed in support of the delegated programs and ensure effective review and approvals from other Department of Transportation officials as required. Present at conferences, support and may lead webinars, conference calls and other activities in support of assigned programs. Is cognizant of and communicates how DOT and FTA’s mission is enabled by assigned programs. May be assigned Congressional, General Accountability Office, Freedom of Information Act, Contact US and other controlled correspondence and important information requests.

Click the URL links below to learn more and to apply:

On Honesty and Ethical Standards in Professions, Car Salesmen > Members of Congress, according to U.S. Public

December 18, 2014 at 6:20 pm

Apparently, the American public have the least amount of trust in their political overlords. New polling from Gallup shows car salespeople actually maintain a decent-sized advantage on Congresspersons when it comes to “honesty and ethical standards.” What’s more interesting? That’s actually a slightly smaller gap in than in 2013, when it was 66-47. So, it is not all that bad, right? Click here for  the full story.


Image Courtesy: Washington Post. Click the image for full story.


The best book to NOT read when riding public transportation is…

December 16, 2014 at 4:06 pm

Subtlety is not his game, I guess. Poor chap gets caught reading this book on the subway, while sitting next to a lady. It makes you wonder what was his “success rate” meeting women on subways after he finished reading this book. Guys like this are one reason why you can’t help but fall in love with public transportation, right? I bet you can never catch someone reading this in a car.

step 1: hide that book

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In the Campaign for Net Neutrality, Google’s Buses Suffer The Slow Lane Treatment, Literally

December 16, 2014 at 3:07 pm

Google gets a taste of what it is like to ride the slow lane, literally. Volunteers from the group SumOfUs put Google buses in the slow lane to demand Google support Net Neutrality, and say no to Internet slow lanes around the world! It was a gentle nudge to the internet giant to come out in support of the Net Neutrality issue. Clever campaign indeed. The group’s website says SumOfUs is a global movement of consumers, investors, and workers all around the world, standing together to hold corporations accountable for their actions and forge a new, sustainable and just path for our global economy.  Check out their call to action here:

Job Alert: Director, Project Finance Institute – American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) @ Washington, DC

December 15, 2014 at 1:14 pm

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials is currently hiring a Director, Project Finance Institute, a position located in Washington, D.C.

The Director, Project Finance Institute (PFI), leads the management and operation of the AASHTO Project Finance Institute, which promotes effective financing and implementation of surface transportation programs, projects, and policies by state and local agencies through training in the use of tools and decision-making processes, sharing of best practices, and technical assistance.

The director, Project Finance Institute directs all aspects of the Institute’s management and operations which includes development of strategies and work plans; efficient management of budgetary resources; identification and engagement of the Institute’s audience of beneficiaries, including state departments of transportation; review and oversight of subcontractor entities; and the development and delivery of tasks based on the cooperative agreement between AASHTO and the Federal Highway Administration.

Supervised by AASHTO’s Policy Director, the incumbent directs PFI’s assistance to surface transportation project sponsors through activities such as development of PFI’s strategic working group; development and delivery of training opportunities such as workshops, training seminars, and peer exchanges; development and management of the PFI website and a robust e-learning platform; facilitation of innovative practices through research and development; and other tasks as appropriate in advancing the mission of PFI.

In order to best understand the needs of PFI’s targeted audience, the incumbent regularly engages with AASHTO’s member department executives such as chief financial officers, chief administrative officers, and other program and policy leaders comprising the AASHTO Standing Committee on Finance and Administration. In addition, the incumbent will engage regularly with other project finance and transportation stakeholders.

Successful candidates should have a minimum of six years of progressively responsible experience, with at least two years in the field of surface transportation at the federal, state or local level of government.  A bachelor’s degree in business administration, public administration, economics or a related field is required, and evidence of a higher degree of professional development, such as postgraduate education, is also desirable.

Project planning, budgeting, and management skills are essential to this position, and a broad understanding of federal and state transportation policy is required. The incumbent must have experience with contract administration and financial reporting. A basic understanding of capital markets, institutions, and state-of-the-art financial instruments, as well as the ability to communicate complex issues is required. Excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills are essential to this position. The incumbent must be able to travel 30-50 days per year.

Those interested in applying may do so by emailing by close of business on Friday, Jan. 2. Relocation costs are not reimbursable. AASHTO is an equal opportunity employer.

Job Alert: Senior Transit Analyst – Washington Suburban Transit Commission (WSTC) @ Hyattsville, MD

December 12, 2014 at 2:53 pm

This position serves as the Senior Transit Analyst for the Washington Suburban Transit Commission (WSTC). The Washington Suburban Transit Commission (WSTC) is a bi-county agency serving Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties. The Commission facilitates planning, coordination and funding for transit services in the region, including the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), Montgomery County Ride On, Prince George’s County The Bus, and other providers in the region. The primary focus of this position is on providing lead worker level of planning work at the WSTC. This position will work closely with the staff of the Washington Suburban Transit Commission and the Director of the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Washington Area Transit Office. Salary is $43,000- $55,000.

Examples of duties and responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:

– Responsible for the analysis and evaluation of existing and proposed transit service.
– Conduct analysis of transit services in the region and develop recommendations to improve the efficiency and productivity of these services and an understanding the importance of transit service to provide connectivity to residents throughout the region, with particular emphasis on Title VI equity considerations.
– Participate in bus planning studies led by WMATA and other regional providers.
– Conduct analysis of transit ridership and cost trends as well as service change proposals, and preparation of recommendations for service improvements.

Questions, cover letters, and resumes should be sent to the attention of Mr. Sean Egan, Washington Suburban Transit Commission, 4351 Garden City Drive, Suite 305, Hyattsville, Maryland 20785 at EOE.


Job Alert: Planner – Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Office of Planning) @ Washington, DC

December 10, 2014 at 5:39 pm

Metro’s Office of Planning is hiring a planner for its Regional Planning branch. The job description and information on how to apply can be found on the WMATA Careers page and the job code is 141283. The job will be open until 11:59pm on 12/24/14.

About the position:

The open position is within the Regional Planning (REGP) program area in Metro’s Office of Planning. The REGP program area focuses on developing and executing the Authority’s long-range regional transit system plan and advocating for Metro’s short and long-term infrastructure and operational needs at local, regional, and state levels, with an emphasis on ensuring integration of Metro’s plans across all the ongoing planning activities in the region. Planners in this position manage long-range planning projects, prepare technical reports/presentations, represent Metro at project stakeholder meetings, and analyze/recommend regional transit policy.  The successful candidate will possess extensive capabilities in regional planning, possess strong communications skills, and be able to represent Metro across the region. The applicant will be particularly skilled at translating highly technical information into written documents, graphics, and presentations that are easily digested by a wide range of audiences. Knowledge in the areas of regional transportation planning and forecasting, the metropolitan planning process, transit funding options and considerations, and project evaluation and alternatives analysis is strongly preferred.

Infograph: Curve Speed Warning – Connected Vehicle Safety Application

December 9, 2014 at 7:55 pm


The USDOT’s connected vehicle program has identified many safety applications and here is an important one – curve speed warning. This application warns a truck driver if the truck is traveling too fast for an approaching curve and potentially avoid a rollover. To learn more about connected vehicles click here.