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

September 8, 2016 at 6:05 pm

Details here:


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.


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.


$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.


Send cover letter (indicating where you saw this job posted) and resume via email (, 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

New TRB Report “Shared Mobility and the Transformation of Public Transit” Looks at Shared Mobility in Seven Cities

August 8, 2016 at 11:24 am

A new TRB report, Shared Mobility and the Transformation of Public Transit examines the relationship of public transportation—including paratransit and demand responsive services—to shared modes, including bikesharing, carsharing, microtransit, and ridesourcing services. The research included participation by seven cities: Austin, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, DC. The report’s conclusion sets out actions that departments, and other local and regional agencies—can take to promote useful cooperation between public and private mobility providers. It also suggests regulatory enhancements, institutional realignments, and forms of public-private engagement that would allow innovation to flourish while still providing mobility as safely, broadly, and equitably as possible (via FHWA)

New TRB report, Shared Mobility and the Transformation of Public Transit

Job Alert: Senior Associate Transit Planner – Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates @ San Francisco, CA

November 5, 2015 at 11:34 am

Nelson Nygaard is hiring a Senior Associate Transit Planner in our San Francisco office. Please follow this link to apply:


Senior Associate Transit Planner – San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

NelsonNygaard Consulting Associates is seeking a highly organized, independent, and motivated member of our senior-level staff for our San Franciso office to support the firm’s nationally recognized transit and multimodal transportation planning practice. This practice emphasizes innovative transportation planning, transit service planning, transit system funding, compliance, and community involvement, often within a wider set of goals such as economic development, health, and reduced dependence on the private automobile. We are seeking an individual with at least eight years of experience and a strong interest in transit planning as well as some background in developing sustainable strategies to improve community accessibility and mobility.

NelsonNygaard offers a dynamic and self-directed work environment that is fast-paced, congenial, and supportive. Our office culture is built upon diversity and creativity. This is your opportunity to work with one of the most innovative groups of planners and engineers in the United States, including highly talented junior and support staff.


In this position, the successful candidate will be expected to manage and win midsize to large projects and provide guidance to staff. Your projects may be located anywhere throughout the United States, and thus a willingness and desire to travel is essential. You will work closely with NelsonNygaard’s senior and junior staff in the San Francisco office, and also Canadian pharmacy online throughout the country. Our approach is to bring the most appropriate staff together, irrespective of where they are based, as collaboration across offices produces better outcomes and improves all of our skills.

Qualifications and Requirements

The ideal candidate should have a broad range of transportation and urban planning experience, preferably with a focus on transit operations and planning. A candidate should be able to demonstrate expertise in at least five (5) of the following:

  • Short- and long-range transit planning
  • Transit/shuttle service design, planning and operation
  • Transport policy, funding, and governance
  • Fare policy and fare planning
  • Financial planning
  • Data collection and performance assessments
  • Paratransit and demand-responsive services
  • Title VI policy and compliance

Other highly desirable skills include the following:

  • Bus rapid transit/rapid bus
  • Complete streets
  • Corridor plans
  • Specific area plans
  • Light rail, commuter rail, and/or streetcar planning
  • Multimodal/intermodal facility planning
  • Transit station area planning
  • Citywide transportation planning and analysis
  • Campus transportation planning
  • Parking management
  • Bicycle/pedestrian facility planning
  • Street design guidelines
  • Transportation demand management
  • Advanced graphics communications (InDesign, Illustrator, SketchUp, Photoshop)
  • Traffic analysis and modeling (Synchro, VISSIM, TransCAD)

Successful applicants will be expected to:

  • Manage projects within a specified budget and timeframe
  • Work independently to complete significant components of transportation analyses and planning effort
  • Work successfully with clients, members of the public, and project teams
  • Outline and prepare successful proposals and reports
  • Analyze a wide range of transportation data and manage the completion of technical analyses, feasibility studies, and other transportation reports
  • Prepare and give effective presentations
  • Solve multimodal transportation problems
  • Mentor and train junior staff
  • Organize and supervise data collection activities in the office and the field

At a minimum, the candidate should meet the following qualifications:

  • At least eight (8) years of responsible experience in transportation planning, traffic engineering, or a related field.
  • A bachelor’s or advanced degree in urban or transportation planning, or a related planning field. Master’s degree is strongly preferred.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and other communication skills, including facilitating public workshops.
  • The ability to manage complex projects on time and on budget.
  • Demonstrate advanced proficiency with Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
  • Experience in business development a plus, i.e., winning work. If you have public agency experience, grant writing and successful RFP development are applicable skills.

We are looking for someone who can begin immediately

Salary and Benefits

Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance, carshare and bikeshare membership, pre-tax transit or bicycling benefit, a 401K program, life insurance, and paid time off. Other benefits of the position include a dynamic and self-directed work environment, collaboration with leading planners, and a congenial and supportive office culture. Applicants should include salary requirements in their inquiry.

Job Alert: Group Manager (Sustainability Program) – San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District

July 7, 2015 at 2:21 pm

The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) is seeking excellent candidates for the position of Sustainability Program, Group Manager. This is a senior level position that will oversee a $40M energy budget, energy efficiency and implementation of an Environmental Management System for the District.  I’d appreciate it if you could post to your networks.

The group manager will be responsible for guiding BART’s Sustainability planning and implementation in order to advance BART’s long-term vision for sustainability. Plans, directs, manages and oversees the activities and operations of the Energy Division and Environmental Management Systems, to implement BART’s Sustainability Policy through sustainable and resilient provision of energy and other key resources supporting operation of the BART system; coordinates assigned activities with other departments and outside agencies; provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the Assistant General Manager and Chief Planning and Development Officer(s); and performs related duties as assigned. (See position #5456).

Ditching my car for Uber saves me over 6 days of time and $11,000/ year – Millennial shows a glimpse of the future that auto industry dreads

February 9, 2015 at 6:52 pm

The simple math of owning a car vs. not owning one marks the paradigm shift in attitudes among generations. What was once not feasible – living without a car – has now become easy (at least in many cities across the US), thanks to location-based, on-demand transportation solutions such as Uber and Lyft. In a Business Insider article, Katherine Krug, summarizes her car-free life in San Francisco.

Since giving up my car (in Oct’ 2013) , I now spend an average of $572 per month on transportation, which comes to $11,352 per year in savings. On top of that, I get back my time, the most valuable thing of all. I save an average of 6.5 days per year — almost a full week! — to focus on the things I want to be doing, rather than serving my car.

What caught my attention is the last sentence – Katherine’s elation about not “serving” her car. If this is how the youngsters feel about automobiles there is no way anyone can make an argument for owning a car. Maybe we have turned a new page in America’s love affair with the automobiles (which, at times, seems untrue when you read about booming auto sales)?

In the backdrop of how not owning a car helped manage her mobility needs while also saving her a ton of cash, you would be astonished to see Sarah’s average monthly expenditures (and time associated)  when she owned the car (see table below). Read more here

Image via Business Insider

Job Alert: Senior Planner – Bay Area Rapid Transit @ Oakland, CA

November 20, 2014 at 3:19 pm

Job Title: Senior Planner
Job ID: 4935
Location: Lakeside- 21st Floor

Marketing Statement

English: Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) logo

English: Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ride BART to a satisfying career that lets you BOTH 1) make a difference to Bay Area residents, and 2) enjoy excellent pay, benefits and stability. BART is looking for people who like to be challenged, work in a fast paced environment, and have a passion for connecting over 400,000 daily riders to work, school and other places they need to go. BART offers a competitive salary, comprehensive health and medical benefits, paid time off, plus CalPERS retirement in the future.

Pay and Benefits
BART offers one of the most comprehensive compensation and benefits programs you will find anywhere. We pay at rates that are strongly competitive in the labor market, and complement our pay program with an outstanding benefits package. Benefits include the renowned CalPERS pension, excellent medical, vision, and dental coverage, supplemental insurances, excellent paid holidays and vacation, as well as two investment programs, one of which is entirely funded by BART on your behalf. BART also saves you money in your paycheck because no deductions are made for Social Security.

Pay Rate
$83,721 – $108,837 /Annually (AFSCME Pay Band E)

Posted Date: Thursday, November 20, 2104.  This announcement will be used to establish a pool of eligible candidates for vancancies that may occur within the next (12) months.

Closing Date : Thursday, December 11, 2014

Reports To
V. Menotti
Days Off
Saturday and Sunday
Who May Apply
All current BART employees and qualified individuals who are not yet BART employees.

Current Assignment
The Office of Planning and Development is recruiting a Senior Planner to support various District initiatives. Each position will be responsible for a combination of planning duties in support of station area planning, access and system expansion projects as well as developing and coordinating the acquisition of funding for projects and programs with other transportation agencies; and performs related duties as assigned.

The selection for each position will be based on the candidate’s qualifications and needs of the Department; each candidate will demonstrate a combination of the following criteria beyond the minimum qualifications:

  • *Station Area Planning, including consideration of station access and capacity.
  • * Understanding of local land use decision making processes, and experience coordinating with local governments.
  • * Experience with place making, to better connect BART fare gates to surrounding communities and enhance the transit customer experience.
  • *Travel markets, and regional growth policies to be used in transportation modeling and analysis assignments.
  • *Formulating policies and strategies for implementing station area, access, or system expansion plans.
  • *Relationship between land use, transit and travel demand.
  • * Knowledge of laws and regulations applicable to transit system development (i.e. California Environmental Quality Act, Federal Title VI, Americans with Disabilities Act, California Title 24).
  • *Project management, including scope, schedule and budget, and organizing and directing staff and consultant resources.
  • *Establishing and maintaining working relationship with District staff, various departments, internal and external agencies, the public, and other key stakeholders.
  • * Proven ability to engage the public and key stakeholders with effective communication techniques, particularly as it relates to emerging social media strategies.

Essential Job Functions
1) Performs all planning duties necessary to advance transit-oriented development planning, service extensions, service capacity, as well as generates feasibility analyses and technical reports as required.

2) Applies understanding of travel markets, and regional growth policies to transportation modeling and analysis assignments.

3) Conducts environmental impact assessments; researches, assembles, analyzes, and presents data; coordinates inter-departmental, outside agency and public review of plans; presents recommendations to District management.

4) Develops, recommends or assists in formulating policy and strategies for implementing plans and planning services, and secures capital funds from diverse sources.

5) Develops scopes of work for feasibility studies, policy research, and project evaluation.

6) Develops and maintains effective, collaborative relationships with internal and external partners in order to advance the District’s objectives.

7) As assigned, serves as District’s representative to coordinate on joint agency planning projects; reviews plans, reports, and studies from other agencies which reference District plans; comments on plans, reports, and studies.

8) Prepares and monitors project budgets to ensure project is completed within budget guidelines and pursues funding opportunities.

Minimum Qualifications
A Bachelor’s degree in transportation planning, urban planning, economics, business administration, public administration, or a closely related field from an accredited college or university.

Three (3) years of (full-time equivalent) verifiable professional experience in transportation planning and analysis.

Other Requirements:
Must possess a valid California driver’s license and have a satisfactory driving

Additional professional experience as outlined above may be substituted for the education on a year-for-year basis. A college degree is preferred.

Knowledge of:

  • Current and complex principles and practices of transportation planning and analysis.
  • Statistical techniques, methods and formulas.
  • Methods and techniques of financial cost/benefits analysis.
  • Principles of business letter writing and report preparation.
  • Related Federal, State, and Local codes, laws, and regulations.

Skill in:

  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Independently performing the most difficult short- and long-term District planning duties. in support of agreed goals.
  • Coordinating the inter-departmental activities and inter-organizational teams.
  • Identifying and responding to community transportation needs.
  • Understanding and following oral and written instructions, and communicating clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Selection Process

  • This position is represented by American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). Applications will be screened to assure that minimum qualifications are met. Those applicants who meet minimum qualifications will then be referred to the hiring department for the completion of further selection processes.
  • The selection process for this position may include a skills/performance demonstration, a written examination, and/or an individual or panel interview.
  • The successful candidate must have an employment history demonstrating reliability and dependability; provide copies of certificates, diplomas or other documents as required by law, including those establishing his/her right to work in the U. S.; pass a pre-employment medical examination which includes a drug and alcohol screen, and which is specific to the essential job functions and requirements. Pre-employment processing will also include a background check. (Does not apply to current full-time District employees unless specific job requires additional evaluations)
  • The selection process for this position will be in accordance with the applicable collective bargaining agreement.


Application Process
External applicants may only apply online, at Applicants needing assistance with the online application process may receive additional information by calling (510) 464-6112.

Current employees are strongly encouraged to apply online, either at, or on WebBART. Current employees may also apply using a BART paper application by delivering the completed form to the Human Resources Department, or by mailing it to P. O. Box 12688, Oakland, CA 94604-2688.

All applicants are asked to complete the application in full, indicating dates of employment, all positions held, hours worked, and a full description of duties. On line applicants are invited to electronically attach a resume to the application form to provide supplemental information, but should not consider the resume a substitute for the application form itself.

Applications must be complete by the closing date and time listed on the job announcement.
Equal Employment Opportunity
The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, national origin, disability, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, medical condition (cancer-related), genetic information or any protected category prohibited by local, state or federal laws.

The BART Human Resources Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate persons with disabilities or for religious reasons. Please advise the Human Resources Department of any special needs in advance of the examination by calling (510) 464-6112.

Qualified veterans may be eligible to obtain additional veteran’s credit in the selection process for this recruitment (effective Jan. 1, 2013). To obtain the credit, veteran’s must attach to the application a DD214 discharge document or proof of disability and complete/submit the Veteran’s Preference Application no later than the closing date of the posting. For more information about this credit please go to the Veteran’s Preference Policy and Application link at
Other Information
Please be prepared to present documentation in support of any required licenses, degrees, or certifications upon request.

When you have successfully applied for this position you will receive an auto reply e-mail acknowledging that your application was received for this position. Please retain a copy of the e-mail for your records. If you receive an auto reply that does not specifically reference this position, please call the Employment Help Line at (510) 464-6112 for assistance.

To verify submission of your application, click on the ‘My Career Tools’ link at the top of the ‘Careers Home Page’ after submitting your application to view the list of applications you have submitted (including application date and status). If you have further questions, please call the Employment Help Line at (510) 464-6112, between the hours of 8:15am – 5:00pm, Monday- Friday.

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.

Infographic: Protected Bike Lanes Register Significant Jump in Ridership (City by City numbers)

June 3, 2014 at 5:15 pm

via People for Bikes

The first multi-city academic study of U.S. protected bike lanes has dropped, and a series of anecdotes have formed a very clear trend line: when protected bike lanes are added to a street, bike traffic rises — by an average of 75 percent in their first year alone, for the eight projects studied.

Moral of the story: If you are a city administrator, build protected bike lanes and see riders happily switch from their cars to bicycles. Fewer traffic choked streets. Read the full story here.

Image via People for Bikes.

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Job Alert: Transportation Planner / Analyst – Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) @ San Francisco, CA

April 15, 2014 at 5:22 pm
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) has an exciting job opportunity for a bright, self-motivated individual with expertise in transportation planning, transportation engineering, public policy, or economics. As part of MTC’s performance-based planning team, this Transportation Planner/Analyst position will help answer critical regional policy questions by analyzing transportation projects and evaluating planning scenarios. Using quantitative and qualitative methodologies – including benefit-cost and economic impact analyses – this position will help to address policy challenges including:
·         How can the region best invest in BART to prepare it for decades of projected ridership growth? Which extensions should be constructed (if any) and what reinvestments should be made into the core of the existing system?
·         Can we most effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions by pursuing auto-based solutions, such as subsidizing electric vehicles or improving signal timing? Or should we put a greater emphasis on shifting individuals’ mode choices to public transit, walking, and bicycling? Which projects will help us most efficiently pursue either solution?
·         Should the region pivot from transportation megaprojects to smaller, more localized investments (such as bus rapid transit lines)? Where in the region might this be a cost-effective approach, and if so, how do we fund these smaller, less visible investments?
·         What will it take to boost Muni reliability – increased frequencies, dedicated lanes, new transit vehicles, technology-based solutions, or all of the above? And how much will this really cost?
·         Are we striking the right balance between maintaining our existing system and building new infrastructure to serve rapidly growing areas? Are there innovative policies or projects that would boost the cost-effectiveness of existing investments into the transportation system?
This full-time position pays $35.00 to $50.00 per hour (depending on qualifications) and includes an attractive benefits package.Applications are due by May 7, 2014 – for more information and to start your application, go to:
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Job Alert: Associate I (Urban Planning) – Strategic Economics Inc. @ San Francisco, CA

January 28, 2014 at 5:20 pm

Strategic Economics is a consulting and research firm specializing in urban, regional and real estate economics.  The firm assists local governments, transit agencies, developers, and non-profit organizations in understanding the economic and development context in which they operate. The outcome of our work is to help organizations take strategic steps towards creating high quality places for people to live and work.

Strategic Economics is seeking to hire an Associate I, with knowledge and interest in urban planning and real estate economics.

This position will work on a variety of projects that may include: real estate market analysis; fiscal impact analysis; transit-oriented development strategies; and regional economic development strategies. The following skills and experience are required:

  • Masters degree in city planning, public policy or a related field is required.
  • Strong analytical skills – The applicant must have experience analyzing various data sources, including Census and employment data.
  • Familiarity with one or more of the following areas: statistical analysis, regional economic analysis, pro forma modeling, market analysis, and/or fiscal analysis.
  • Strong proficiency with Excel, ArcView (GIS), Microsoft Word, and PowerPoint
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Some consulting experience preferred

Creative thinkers are encouraged to apply. The ability to manage budgets, deadlines, and other staff as well as demonstrated experience with independent work and leadership is highly desirable.

The position is full-time and available immediately.  Salary is commensurate with experience.

Qualified candidates please submit your cover letter, resume and work sample to  Incomplete submittals will not be considered or reviewed.

Strategic Economics is an equal opportunity employer.