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[AUDIO] What does it take to vanquish Uber? How a local startup topped China’s rideshare market

December 28, 2016 at 3:46 pm

Spotted this relatively old (published in Oct 18, 2016) but fascinating podcast story about Uber’s battle with its Chinese’s rival Didi Chuxing for marketshare (via Bloomberg):

Also you can read the related article here.

Job Alert! Senior Planner – Transportation Department @ City of Austin, Texas

December 22, 2016 at 9:12 am
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Official seal of City of Austin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Position overview:

The Senior Planner will work in the Systems Development Division of the Austin Transportation Department. This position will work on the supply and demand side of transportation planning. The primary duties for this position will be to conduct transportation focused development review for implementation of the City’s Complete Streets Policy and assist the Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Program with implementation of priority strategies and projects.

– Responsible for transportation focused development review consistent with the City’s Complete Streets Policy.
– Receive all development review applications through our internal permitting system (AMANDA), identify and coordinate appropriate level of review (includes zoning, subdivision, and site plan applications) and establish review timeline.
– Review and identify necessary actions related to implementation of mobility plans for development applications including both infrastructure and transportation demand management recommendations as applicable.
– Assist the Transportation Engineering Division with review of related Transportation Impact Analysis, Neighborhood Transportation Analysis, Rough Proportionality calculations, and other mitigation.
– Assist in the development and implementation of new TDM strategies and projects (i.e. Smart Trips Austin, Commuter Benefits Ordinance development, TDM Executive Report).
– Review and enforce TDM regulations and/or incentives as required by code.
– Assist with the development of TDM policy for the current update to the City’s transportation plan, the Austin Strategic Mobility Plan.
– Research TDM best-practices and produce associated white papers, reports, presentations, etc.
– Familiarity with the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) Design Guides and other transportation regulatory requirements and guidelines (i.e. local code, Manual on Uniform Transportation Devices, ITE Trip Generation tables, etc.)
– Ability to work in a fast paced environment, with changing priorities.
– Ability to work in a collaborative manner with a diverse group of stakeholders from multiple city departments and outside agencies.
– Strong problem solving skills.
– May assist with other Austin Transportation Department projects as needed.

Click here to learn more & to apply

Fully Funded PhD in Travel Forecasting and Data Science @ University of Kentucky’s Transportation Engineering and Data Science Lab

December 21, 2016 at 11:38 am

Spotted this announcement below in an email from a List-serve:

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I am looking to recruit one or more talented individuals for a funded PhD in travel forecasting and data science, starting in Fall 2017. Specific areas of interest include:

  • Evaluating and improving travel forecast accuracy.
  • Using passively collected “Big Data” to measure transportation project impacts and model performance.
  • Advancing reproducibility and interchangeability in regional and statewide transportation models.

Qualified individuals may have a background in civil engineering, geography, urban science or a related field. They will bring competence in software development or data visualization and a passion for transportation problems.

The Transportation Engineering and Data Science lab (http://transportlab.net/) is a part of an active and growing transportation group in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Kentucky. We work in close collaboration with the Kentucky Transportation Center, which serves as the research arm of the state Transportation Cabinet.

We are located in beautiful Lexington, Kentucky, a vibrant small city with the nation’s first urban growth boundary. Lexington is famous for bourbon, bluegrass and basketball, and offers easy access to hiking, rock climbing and other recreational opportunities.

Please email me at greg.erhardt@uky.edu to express interest or with any questions.

Kind Regards,

Greg

Gregory D. Erhardt, PhD, PE
Assistant Professor
Department of Civil Engineering, University of Kentucky
261 Oliver H. Raymond Bldg., Lexington, KY 40506
859-323-4856 (office), 859-699-1761 (mobile)
greg.erhardt@uky.edu

http://transportlab.net/

“Why Transportation Systems Management and Operations?” Video Contest: Submissions due December 1, 2016

November 17, 2016 at 10:04 am

The National Operations Center of Excellence (NOCoE), in partnership with TRB, is sponsoring a video contest: Why Transportation Systems Management and Operations (#YTSMO). Students are invited to submit a 30-60 second video explaining how transportation systems management and operations matters to them as future professionals. To be eligible, candidates must be a student at any level. Prior to submitting a video, follow the Center on Twitter, follow the Center on LinkedIn, and subscribe to the Center’s newsletter.

Submit a video through Twitter and LinkedIn and tag #YTSMO #NOCoE #TSMO in the post. Additionally, notify Patrick Son, Managing Director of NOCoE at pson@transportationops.org about the submission. The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2016. Winners will be notified in early December.

The top two video submissions will receive paid registration and travel to TRB’s 96th Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., January 8-12, 2017. The winners will also have the opportunity to take part in a 30-minute meeting with the NOCoE managing director and an NOCoE board member. The winners will also have the opportunity to write a short article for the NOCoE newsletter about their experience at the TRB Annual Meeting.

Click here to learn more.

Job Alert: General Engineer – USDOT’s ITS Joint Program Office @ Washington, DC

September 29, 2016 at 2:50 pm
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The U.S. Department of Transportation is pleased to announce an opportunity for a General Engineer within the Intelligent Transportation System Joint Program Office (ITS JPO).

The successful candidate will serve on the Policy, Architecture, and Knowledge Transfer team and manage systems engineering, radio frequency spectrum, certification, cybersecurity, and deployment technical assistance projects that are consistent with the ITS Strategic Plan 2015 to 2019 portfolio. The General Engineer will also serve as a technical expert on ITS ranging from the development of connected vehicle core system architectures, application of wireless communication to safety and mobility enhancing systems, certification processes, smart city interoperability, vehicle and infrastructure cybersecurity, and connected vehicle testbed operations and deployment support.

Come join the ITS JPO team if you are passionate about advancing tomorrow’stransportation technologies to create a safer, smarter, more efficient transportation system!

The vacancy is open until October 6, 2016. Please visit the following for more information and to apply for this position:

FHWA.JPO-2016-0017:

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/451553000/ (open to all U.S. candidates)

FHWA.JPO-2016-0016:

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/451552800/ (open to candidates that are current or former federal employees or eligible Veterans with VEOA)

THE SIX MINUTE PITCH 2017 – TRB’s Official Transportation Industry Startup Competition: Applications Period is Open

September 27, 2016 at 6:14 pm

 

Via: http://sixminutepitch.com/

Via: http://sixminutepitch.com/

The Six Minute Pitch: A Transportation Startup Challenge is a special Young Member Council (YMC) session at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) 2017 Annual Meeting during which selected presenters pitch their cutting-edge, research-based concept for a transportation product- or service-based business to a panel of distinguished transportation industry investors and entrepreneurs in just six minutes. It’s basically the transportation industry’s national version of Shark Tank, Startup Battlefield, or Dragons’ Den!

Applications for the 2017 Six Minute Pitch are due October 19th by midnight eastern standard time. Four teams will be selected to present their six minute pitch during TRB’s 2017 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. in January.  Applications and attendance for the Six Minute Pitch have grown every year since it started in 2013 – and this year is expected to be no exception. Any professional or entrepreneur with a transportation-related business idea or active startup is encouraged to apply.  Preference for selection to participate will be given to young professionals (TRB defines ‘young’ as professionals 35 or younger).  A preference also will be given to individuals who intend to register for the TRB Annual Meeting (see trb.org for details).

New this year, winners will receive a prize valued at approximately $1,200: a one-year membership to the 1776 Union (http://www.1776.vc/union/), a global platform enabling the next billion entrepreneurs to succeed by breaking down barriers & empowering startups to access the resources they need, regardless of location. All participants in the Six Minute Pitch receive valuable exposure and feedback for their ideas, and the winning submission is also typically covered in diverse media outlets.

For more information regarding the Six Minute Pitch:
Check the Six Minute Pitch website:  http://sixminutepitch.com/

Job Alert: Transportation Planner (Planner II) – City of Gaithersburg, MD

September 16, 2016 at 4:00 pm
Apply here: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/gaithersburgmd/jobs/1518751/transportation-planner-planner-ii
Description
The Planning Division of the City of Gaithersburg Department of Planning & Code Administration is seeking an experienced professional for the full-time position of Transportation Planner (Planner II).  The primary responsibility of the position will be coordinating all transportation planning activities and serving as liaison to the Transportation Advisory Committee with additional roles in traditional planning and zoning activities.

The ideal candidate will have the ability to review site development applications and have thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of transportation, urban design, architecture, and zoning.  Additional responsibilities may include coordination with outside governmental agencies; processing zoning text amendments, abandonment applications, and annexation cases; and the use of GIS for the creation of maps.

This is a full-time salaried “exempt” position requiring a minimum of 40 hours per week (not eligible for overtime compensation under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and the City’s personnel regulations).  A core work schedule based on operational needs will be determined.

Starting salary is negotiable within the salary range depending on knowledge, qualifications, training, certifications, and experience.  Includes a generous benefits package.

Job Functions

Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Coordinates Transportation planning activities; serves as liaison to the Transportation Advisory Committee.
  • Develops, prepares,  and  updates  short-  and  long-range  neighborhood  Transportation, revitalization, and improvement plans.
  • Conducts extensive research and prepares studies on Transportation and other areas of comprehensive planning activities.
  • Interprets ordinance and code provisions for architects, engineers, developers, and the public.
  • Gathers, assimilates, interprets, and analyzes a variety of data and information pertaining to Transportation.
  • Assists  with  development,  update,  and  maintenance  of  the  Master  Plan  and  land development regulations.
  • Conducts review  of  various  development  applications  including  site  plans,  permits, rezoning, variance requests, etc.
  • Writes and presents formal and technical reports, correspondence, and other planning materials; assists in preparation of policy papers and reports for commissions, boards, committees, and elected officials.
  • Responds to public inquiries pertaining to Transportation and other planning policies. Makes oral presentations on Transportation and other planning matters and projects at public meetings.
  • Performs related tasks as required.

View the Planner II job description for additional information.

Qualifications

Any combination of education, training, and/or experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Education/Experience/Training:
Requires a Master’s Degree in Transportation Planning, Urban Studies, Urban and Regional Planning, Engineering, Architecture, or closely related field, and at least two years of progressive professional planning experience at the regional or local government level.  (Possession of a Bachelor’s Degree supplemented by at least four years of progressive professional planning experience may substitute for a Master’s Degree.)

Specific experience and/or training in the principles adn practices of Transportation Planning is required.  Must have the ability to read and interpret Master Plans, Zoning Ordinances, construction drawings, site plans, and architectural drawings.  Must have excellent presentation, organization, and writing skills and have a work style that supports teamwork, collaboration, and positive relationships that will complement the Department’s work environment and customer service goals.

Certifications/Licenses:
Must possess certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners or be able to obtain certification within one year of hire. Must have a valid Maryland driver’s license or be able to obtain by hire date.

Additional Information

Interested applicants must submit an online application to be considered.

Submission of a letter of interest and a resume (attached to the online application) is required. (Resumes and other supporting documents are not accepted in lieu of a completed online application. You must fill out the application completely; do not use “see resume” or “see attachment.”)

This is a continuous recruitment; prompt application is highly encouraged.  Initial review of applications will begin on September 19, 2016; however, the position will remain open until filled.  Recruitment will close without notice when a sufficient number of qualified applications are received or all hiring decisions have been made.

The successful candidate will be subject to a background investigation and pre-employment medical examination including drug/alcohol screening.  Direct deposit of paychecks is a condition of employment for all City of Gaithersburg employees.

For more information, contact Martin Matsen, Planning Division Chief, at mmatsen@gaithersburgmd.gov or 301.258.6330, Ext. 2123.

This recruitment will establish an eligibility list which will be used to fill the current vacancy and may be used to fill other openings in this classification which occur in the next 12 months.

TRB 2017: Interactive Workshop – Analyze This! What YOU want to know – Unsolved Mysteries: Have a hard-to-solve problem that needs to be solved?

September 13, 2016 at 4:26 pm

Sunday, January 8, 20179 AM – 12 PM • Washington, D.C.

Unsolved Mysteries: Have a hard-to-solve problem that needs to be solved?

We all are faced with difficult, hard-to-solve problems – so we have created an interactive workshop at the 2017 TRB Annual Meeting we hope will address the unsolved mysteries that vex transportation professionals at all levels of the organizations – from planners to modelers to analysts.  This workshop will present three intriguing, real-world problems selected from a pool of submissions before the workshop.  WE NEED YOUR HELP!   We are looking for real-world transportation problems that can be summarized in a case study from the perspective of an individual or project team.   The case studies should contain pertinent information on the type of problem presented, geographic context, who was impacted and the impact of not reaching a resolution.

The deadline for submissions is October 1, 2016 and submissions can be made using this on-line form at: http://adb50.github.io/analyze-this/   Those who submit ideas that are selected will be provided the opportunity to present their problem at the TRB Annual Meeting.

Last year, workshop attendees had an opportunity to solve one of three mysteries. Coca Cola was seeking corporate strategies to reduce single occupancy vehicle trips. The City of Boulder asked the group to explore repurposing travel lanes for multimodal projects. Lastly, the City of Edmonton had question about how to incorporate connected and autonomous vehicle technologies into the regional travel demand model.

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Job Alert: Bikeshare Planner @ MetroBike, LLC, Washington, DC

September 12, 2016 at 12:20 pm

MetroBike has the following job opportunity:

Bikeshare Planner

MetroBike, LLC is an internationally known bikeshare consultancy and the first of its kind in North America. Established in 2004, MetroBike has a client list which includes local and federal governments, non-profit and for-profit organizations, and universities.

MetroBike is hiring a full-time Bikeshare Planner in the Washington, D.C. region to assist with planning for the Capital Bikeshare system.

Responsibilities of the job include:

  • analysis of potential bikeshare station sites;
  • work with local government bureaus, federal agencies, private property owners, and civic associations to obtain input on proposed station sites;
  • develop a concept drawing for each station site;
  • coordinate construction of pads and bulb-outs on top of which stations will be installed;
  • direct station installations, relocations, expansions, and contractions with the operator;
  • coordinate signage, markings, and delineator placement; and
  • analyze data and write reports.

 Qualifications:

  • college degree in planning, transport, engineering, or related field, advanced degree a plus;
  • bicycle facility design experience;
  • 3 – 5 years of related experience;
  • excellent communication and organizational skills;
  • strong analytical and problem solving skills;
  • basic graphic design skills; and
  • passion for bikesharing and urban cycling.
  • GIS skills are a plus.

Compensation:

The salary range for this position is $60,000 – $65,000. The benefits package includes paid time off, health, and a retirement plan that is matched by the company.

To be considered for this role, send your cover letter and resume to hello @ metrobike.net. This position is open until filled.

Job Alert: Senior Transportation Planner @ San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA)

September 8, 2016 at 6:05 pm

Details here: http://www.sfcta.org/senior-transportation-planner-planning

SUMMARY

The Transportation Planner Series, Planning Division, includes three levels of professional Transportation Planners who manage planning and corridor studies and other planning projects, facilitate community outreach efforts, and represent the Transportation Authority on technical and policy advisory groups.

The Senior Transportation Planner is the intermediate level of the Transportation Planner Series, Planning Division. The Senior Transportation Planner is responsible for assignments that are highly complex and sensitive in nature, where substantial judgment and initiative are essential in making recommendations and resolving problems. The duties specified below are characteristic of the range of duties and responsibilities assigned to this position, and not intended to be a comprehensive listing.

REQUIREMENTS

Completion of a graduate degree in an appropriate discipline such as transportation planning or civil engineering; and three (3) years of progressively responsible experience in transportation. Basic research methods and database management techniques; proficiency with standard computer spreadsheet, word processing, presentation and internet software; and statistical and computational analysis principles and methods; and advanced knowledge of transportation planning principles, techniques and methods; transportation funding and finance; and capital project development phases. Knowledge in planning and developing freeway managed lanes concepts and vehicle pricing strategies desired.

Download a PDF with complete job description and qualifications.

ANNUAL COMPENSATION RANGE

$88,680–$119,712 (depending on experience), plus excellent benefits.

Salary is effectively higher since the Transportation Authority offers employer contribution to a retirement plan in lieu of Social Security.

In addition, the Transportation Authority offers a generous cafeteria-style benefits package, elements of which include, but are not limited to:

  • Retirement: Up to 8.5% employer contribution
  • Insurance: Health, dental, life, and long-term disability. Medical and dependent care pre-tax reimbursement accounts.
  • Vacation: Three (3) weeks of vacation per year during the first five (5) years of service
  • Holidays: 11 holidays per year, plus 3 personal holidays
  • Up to $130 per month in Commuter Checks or $20 per month bike benefit.

SUBMISSION

Send cover letter (indicating where you saw this job posted) and resume via email (jobs@sfcta.org), fax (415.522.4829), or mail:

RE: Senior Transportation Planner, Planning
Attn: Human Resources
San Francisco County Transportation Authority
1455 Market St., 22nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103