Transit Systems 2018-02-13 2018-03-13

Transit Planner I/II

Company: Gold Coast Transit District View more listings
Location: Oxnard, California
Job Status: Full-time
Job ID: 101074

Transit Planner I/II

Planner I - Salary Range: $65,012 - $90,993
Planner II - Salary Range: $68,835 - $96,279

This position may be filled at either the I or II level depending on experience.

Excellent Benefits & CalPERS Pension Plan
Open Until Filled
First Review of applications will be Feb 23, 2018

GCTD is excited to announce that it is seeking a Transit Planner I/II to join its Planning & Marketing team. This is a dynamic opportunity for a planning professional to help shape the future of Ventura County’s largest public system. Reporting to the Planning Manager, this position is responsible for a variety of professional level transit service planning, including performing technical and analytical work as well as day-to-day activities related to planning, scheduling, and grant management. This position may be filled at either the I or II level depending on experience.


  • Assists with developing short and long-range plans for fixed-route transit service, including evaluating system performance, and making recommendations for change as needed to ensure service meets District goals and objectives

  • Creates fixed route bus schedules, run cuts and route changes, including exporting data from scheduling software systems and interface with other systems such as automatic passenger counters, vehicle location systems and other transit technology, including maintaining GTFS feed

  • Maintain and update inventory of bus stops, geo-coordinates, amenities, and use reasoning skills to identify and correct data as needed

  • Coordinate printing and review of schedule data for passenger information panels posted at bus stops, conduct field work as needed to ensure information is correctly displayed, and conduct field assessments at bus stops

  • Assists with coordination of public outreach events, including set up, speaking with members of the public, working with internal staff and transit guides to disseminate information to the public

  • Collects and record ridership data using appropriate software, prepare ridership reports as assigned. Monitors and evaluates on-time performance data, propose schedule adjustments as needed.

  • Initiates and performs research and document findings, make written recommendations including maps and graphics to display concepts

  • Researches complaints, problems and prepare responses for management, including composing correspondence

  • Provides support for Paratransit Operations, including preparing reports, researching contract compliance, analyzing ridership and performance data and other duties as required

  • Analyzes performance data, evaluates service, and proposes schedule and route adjustments as needed to ensure high quality and efficient service.

  • Assists with implementation of service changes, including creation of schedules, run cuts, and work packages utilizing scheduling software system

  • Assists the Planning Manager with managing grant program tasks including preparation of reports, preparing applications for operational and capital funding, uses mandated federal and/or state procedures to track progress, prepare status updates, meets with management regularly, updates Federal Transportation Improvement Program, and follows up with internal staff to track spending of funds

  • Reviews all existing and proposed bus stop requests, meets with internal staff to evaluate bus stop issues, works with jurisdictions to ensure bus stops are pedestrian and bicycle accessible, as well as compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act; works with cities to implement work, updates and manages bus stop inventory

  • Manages passenger information at bus stops and coordinates replacement of on-site information at bus stops, including managing graphics vendor work flow, reviewing all printed panels, working with internal staff to ensure all passenger information posted at bus stops is accurate

  • Provides staff assistance to the GCTD Technical Advisory Committee by preparing agendas, meeting summaries, and staff reports on service planning and changes

  • Attends and serves on committees as requested; makes presentations to the Technical Advisory Committee, represents the District and gives oral presentations at meetings

  • Solicits and responds to feedback from the public and community groups. Researches complaints, problems and prepares responses for management, including composing correspondence

  • Communicates with staff from other transit agencies to support interagency coordination and improve the connectivity of schedules to support seamless travel for transit riders in our service area

  • Interact with Operations and Maintenance staff, as well as other agency staff to receive and give feedback on various scheduling issues to help improve system performance

All candidates must meet the following minimum qualifications:

Planner I
A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Planning, Transportation Planning, Statistics, Mathematics, Geography, Environmental Science, or related field; AND a minimum of 1 year of professional experience. A Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Planning, Transportation Planning, Statistics, Mathematics, Geography, Environmental Science, or related field may substitute for experience.

Planner II
A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Planning, Transportation Planning, Statistics, Mathematics, Geography, Environmental Science, or related field; AND a minimum of 2 to 3 years of professional experience. A Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Planning, Transportation Planning, Statistics, Mathematics, Geography, Environmental Science, or related field may substitute for experience.


A combination of related education and professional experience conducting transit/transportation planning or scheduling may substitute for education based on a year-for-year basis, depending on the type of experience.


Knowledge of:
  • Applicable Federal, State and Local laws, rules and regulations related to transit

  • Local government roles and responsibilities related to infrastructure, zoning and census requirements

  • Modern transit system operating principles and practices

  • Strong mathematics, data collection, record keeping

  • NTD and all federal and state reporting requirements and regulations

  • Pedestrian and bicycle facility design as it relates to accessibility to transit

  • Computer programs/files such as Microsoft Word and Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Pro (Illustrator, InDesign), GIS, Google Earth, General Transit Specification Feed (GTFS)

  • Preparing written correspondence and reports including creation tables and graphics

  • Scheduling software systems and related technologies

  • Federal grant management systems (preferred)


Ability to:
  • Analyze operating data, identify issues and opportunities and recommend appropriate solutions.

  • Ability to read and analyze demographic and geographic data

  • Work independently, using strong organizational and time management skills

  • Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted during the course of work

  • Develop, read, and interpret rules, policies and procedures

  • Maintain tact, poise and professional demeanor in the workplace and with the public

  • Analyze operating system problems and identify solutions

  • Exercise sound independent judgment within established guidelines

A valid California driver’s license


  • Work in an office environment

  • Driving a vehicle to conduct work

Physical Abilities:
  • Speaking to make presentations

  • Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate office equipment

This job description is not construed to be an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements. Employees may be required to perform any other job-related instructions as requested by the supervisor, department head or general manager.

Applicants may obtain an application at

To apply, please submit application, cover letter and resume by E-mail to:

Or mail to:

301 East Third Street, Oxnard, CA 93030

All applications will be evaluated on their related work experience and education qualifications. GCTD will invite the most qualified candidates for an exam and oral interview. All applications must be filled out completely and must clearly show that the minimum requirements are met. All statements made on the application are subject to investigation and verification. Invalid applications are subject to disqualification. The GCTD applications must be fully completed. Any questions unanswered may cause you to be excluded from the selection process.

The interview will include one or more of the following parts:
  • Application review

  • Exam (Skills Test - Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

  • Oral interview

The pre-employment process includes a job specific pre-employment physical and drug screening to be completed by an industrial health clinic; criminal background and references will also be checked. All offers of employment are conditioned upon successful completion of this pre-employment process.

Gold Coast Transit District (GCTD) is a special purpose transit district that provides public fixed-route and paratransit service in the cities of Ojai, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Ventura and the unincorporated areas of Ventura County. With nearly 4 million passenger trips provided each year, GCTD is the largest public transportation operator in Ventura County. The fleet includes 56 buses and 24 paratransit vehicles all powered by clean natural gas supplied by an on-site CNG fueling station. In 2014 Gold Coast Transit District was named Small Agency of the Year by the California Transit Association.

Employment Benefits
  • Paid Vacations

  • Paid Holidays

  • Retirement Plan

  • Cumulative Sick Leave

  • Group Health Insurance

  • Longevity Pay

  • Life Insurance

  • Deferred Compensation Plan

  • Paid Physical Examination

Immigration & Control Act of 1986
In order to comply with the provision of this law, all applicants prior to placement must provide proof of work eligibility and attest that they are a citizen, permanent resident alien, or otherwise authorized to be employed.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Gold Coast Transit District is an Equal Opportunity (at will) Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual preference, gender identity, religion, age, veteran status, physical or mental disability, mental condition, or any other category protected by state or federal law. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), if you need special assistance, please contact GCTD’s Human Resources at (805) 483-3959. EOE

Transit Job Listing - Transit Planner I/II