Transit Systems 2019-04-02 2019-05-07

Senior Transit Planner

Company: Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority View more listings
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
Job Status: Full-time
Job ID: 112224

This position offers the successful candidate an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic and talented organization providing transit services in the greater Des Moines region, which is consistently ranked among the best places to live in the country. Under general supervision, the Senior Transit Planner will lead and assist with DART’s short- and long-range service planning, performance analysis, project management, and transit scheduling. Projects that the Senior Transit Planner will contribute to include a long-range mobility services plan, an on-demand mobility pilot, bus stop enhancements, and regularly recurring schedule and route updates. The Senior Transit Planner will also design and lead public outreach activities to inform DART customers and collect feedback on service planning activities.

The Senior Transit Planner would work collaboratively in a team environment, and take leadership as well as supporting roles depending on the project. The Senior Transit Planner will report to the Planning and Development Manager; however, the incumbent should be capable of guiding their own day-to-day work duties and objectives.

Essential Functions of this Position:

  • Designs and conducts transit service planning studies. This includes collecting, analyzing and interpreting transportation data and performance metrics, designing surveys, identifying priorities, summarizing findings, drafting recommendations, and preparing reports and public presentations.

  • Assist with the planning and implementation of regularly scheduled service changes, which includes developing schedule and route modifications, gathering feedback from internal and external stakeholders, updating data repositories, and analyzing results.

  • Performs project management for capital projects and service planning activities. Duties include developing project proposals; developing and tracking project budget, scope and performance measures; coordinating consultant services; reviewing and reporting on study progress and deliverables; managing grants; and coordinating with internal and external stakeholders.

  • Assist with the design and implementation of public participation processes for service planning activities that provide timely and relevant information, as well as opportunities for meaningful public input that is tailored and accessible to diverse audiences.

  • Contribute to DART’s efforts to leverage the latest technology and customer preferences to deliver efficient and effective public transportation services by supporting the development, implementation and evaluation of innovative pilot mobility projects.

Additional Responsibilities of this Position:
  • Create maps, charts, tables and other data visualization tools to analyze and communicate DART’s performance and potential service modifications.

  • Conduct field work to observe conditions, collect data, or survey customers

  • Attend occasional evening and weekend public meetings

  • Assist with transit scheduling functions as needed

  • Provide transit representation and perspective to various local groups and partner agencies

  • Assist in the review of site development proposals for transit impacts and request new or improved transit amenities

Education and/or Experience:
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Urban and/or Transportation Planning, Geography, Public Administration or a related field; AND

At least three years of experience leading planning studies, managing projects, or conducting transit service planning activities.

A master’s degree is highly desired.

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