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Manager for the Transportation Systems Analysis Group

The Central Transportation Planning Staff (CTPS) of the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is seeking a qualified candidate to manage the Transportation Systems Analysis (TSA) Group. The incumbent provides managerial leadership, oversight, and direction to the TSA Group, which supports the MPO and MassDOT transportation policies, projects, and plans using a comprehensive multimodal modeling tool. The manager will work in a fast-paced team environment, providing administrative oversight, guidance, and review of the group’s work on a daily basis. The manager will also contribute to the strategic development and/or expansion of the modeling efforts undertaken by CTPS.

Candidates are required to be knowledgeable of and have experience in the following:

  • Travel demand forecasting
  • Transportation planning process
  • Management of staff, budgets, and schedules
  • Understanding of how a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) operates

A master’s degree in planning, engineering, or a related field is required. At least 10 years of experience using travel models and supporting regional transportation planning and project-level analysis is necessary. Other essential qualifications include a thorough knowledge of travel demand modeling methods using transportation planning software packages such as TransCAD, along with strong analytical and communication skills. A basic understanding of the federal and state environmental process, NEPA and MEPA, in addition to FTA’s New Starts process is required.

Desired abilities are as follows:

  • Knowledge of and understanding of how to use and interpret travel demand models. The manager will also work with and advise our Regional Model Development Group on what modeling tools they will need to conduct their work, which will include the development of activity-based models, land-use models, and microsimulations.
     
  • Command of the concepts and analysis associated with multimodal planning processes. Working understanding of the synergy between the different transportation modes, such as transit, highway, walking, and biking in eastern Massachusetts. Understanding of economic, Title VI, and air quality analysis as they relate to the transportation planning process.
     
  • Ability to provide leadership in a supervisory capacity within a team-based environment and to secure the support and cooperation of the all team members.
     
  • Knowledge of management and organizational principles and strategies to meet existing and future requirements related to transportation-planning work. Ability to apply quality control and assurance procedures to all aspects of groups products.
     
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, evidenced in reports, proposals, grant applications, and public presentations. Knowledge and familiarity with the mission, goals, objectives, and operating principles of the MPO; federal/state government laws, regulations, and requirements that govern MPO programs and/or MassDOT projects.

Transportation Improvement Program Manager (Transportation Planner)

The Central Transportation Planning Staff (CTPS) of the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is seeking a transportation planner to manage all aspects of the MPO’s Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), a federally required document that describes the programming of federal funds for transportation infrastructure projects throughout the Boston metropolitan region. This talented professional will also engage in other metropolitan transportation-planning activities to support the MPO's continuous, comprehensive, cooperative (3C) transportation-planning certification process, as needed.

The qualified candidate must have:

  • A minimum of three years of relevant professional experience in the field of transportation planning and/or transportation engineering with a demonstrated knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques of metropolitan planning in the areas of transportation, land use, demographics, project financing, and public policy
  • A master’s degree in transportation planning, urban or regional planning, civil engineering, economics, or a related field
  • Excellent written and oral presentation skills and the ability to effectively communicate to a variety of audiences, including the MPO board, elected officials, technical staff, and the general public
  • Strong organizational, project-management, and analytical skills (both qualitative and quantitative)
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently
  • Ability to facilitate dialogue among stakeholders
  • Proficiency working with spreadsheets and databases
  • Attention to detail and in applying quality-assurance procedures to all products and activities

Previous MPO experience and knowledge of the MPO process are desirable.

Responsibilities:

The TIP Manager will oversee development of the annual TIP document and its periodic amendments. Activities include:

  • Coordinating CTPS activities to support TIP development
  • Presenting regular updates to the MPO board
  • Coordinating with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, regional transit authorities, and municipalities to track the status of project design, engineering, and construction
  • Evaluating and prioritizing transportation projects by applying existing methods, and developing new methods
  • Working with MPO board members, municipalities, and other potential project proponents
  • Conducting outreach to inform the public about the TIP and the MPO planning process
  • Creating the TIP document, including drafting text, preparing tables that present budget information, and overseeing layout, graphics, and production
  • Updating federal funding information and ensuring that the TIP complies with federal and state requirements, regulations, and procedures

The TIP Manager also will provide policy, process, and technical support for the development of other certification documents, such as the Long-Range Transportation Plan, and Air Quality Conformity; and activities like performance-based planning.

Knowledge of the following is desirable, but not required:

  • U.S. Census Bureau data sets
  • Construction project management, project financing, and financial planning
  • Spatial analysis and map production using ESRI’s ArcGIS software
  • Understanding of the practices and principles of travel demand modeling, traffic engineering, transit service planning, bicycle and pedestrian planning, and air quality conformity

Transit Planner (Mid-Level)

The Central Transportation Planning Staff (CTPS) of the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is seeking a mid-level transit planner. This individual will be involved in a variety of projects, which could include transit planning, fare studies, Title VI analysis and reporting, suburban-mobility studies, capital-investment studies, first- and last-mile studies, environmental-justice analyses, and surveys.

Qualified candidates must have:

  • A master’s degree in transportation planning, urban/regional planning, engineering, or a closely related field
  • Three or more years of experience in transportation planning, including transit and transportation policy issues
  • Project management experience
  • Strong analytical skills, both qualitative and quantitative
  • Advanced Microsoft Word, Excel and/or database skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to synthesize complex quantitative and qualitative information into concise, well-organized narratives
  • The ability to work both collaboratively and independently
  • Demonstrated ability to work on multiple projects while adhering to deadlines

Skills in the following areas are desirable, but not required:

  • Supervising project team members
  • Developing and maintaining client relationships
  • Geographic information systems
  • Public process
  • Data visualization
  • Knowledge of the Boston region and MBTA

Transit Planner (Entry Level)

The Central Transportation Planning Staff (CTPS) of the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is seeking an entry-level transit planner. This individual will be involved in a variety of projects, which could include transit planning, fare studies, Title VI analysis and reporting, suburban-mobility studies, capital-investment studies, first- and last-mile studies, environmental-justice analyses, and surveys.

Qualified candidates must have:

  • A master’s degree in transportation planning, urban/regional planning, engineering, or a closely related field
  • One or more years of experience in transportation planning, including transit
  • Strong analytical skills, both qualitative and quantitative
  • Advanced Microsoft Word, Excel and/or database skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to synthesize complex quantitative and qualitative information into concise, well-organized narratives
  • The ability to work both collaboratively and independently
  • Demonstrated ability to work on multiple projects while adhering to deadlines
  • An interest in transportation policy issues

Skills in the following areas are desirable, but not required:

  • Project management
  • Geographic information systems
  • Public process
  • Data visualization
  • Knowledge of the Boston region and MBTA

Data Collector Positions

The Central Transportation Planning Staff (CTPS) of the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is seeking temporary part-time data-collection staff. The position of Data Collector involves counting passengers as they board and alight from Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) commuter rail vehicles, and counting the number of passengers that are on a vehicle at a particular station stop.

Most work assignments take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, and range from three to six hours long; some assignments include early morning or late night hours. Data Collectors may work on as many assignments as they would like, for a maximum of 40 hours per week. Applicants must have access to a cell phone and a reliable automobile for the assignments. Data Collectors will be reimbursed at the government-approved mileage rate for assignment-related travel. Knowledge of local geography and the MBTA system are also desirable.

Data Collectors are expected to be competent, reliable, and able to work independently.

The position is open immediately.

The pay rate is $13.00 per hour.


Application Details

Our office is friendly, diverse, and professional. Salary contingent upon qualifications; excellent employee benefits package. All candidates must have legal authorization (citizenship or visa) to work in the USA. The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) is CTPS’s fiduciary agent and legally employs its staff. MAPC/CTPS is an EOE/AA employer which takes pride in the diversity of its workforce and encourages all qualified persons to apply.

Respond with resume and cover letter to:

Recruitment Director
CTPS
State Transportation Building
10 Park Plaza, Suite 2150
Boston, MA 02116-3968
or
(617) 570-9192 (fax)
or
recruitment@ctps.org