Transportation Planner

Windham Region Transit Distirct

Mansfield Center, CT United States

Come join the Windham Region Transit District (WRTD) team and be a part of Connecticut's premier rural transit district as we continue to grow! WRTD is the public transit provider for the Willimantic and Mansfield area, operating bus routes and Dial-A-Ride service throughout the area from a brand new operating and maintenance facility. This unique position is shared with the University of Connecticut (UConn), a top public university.

Job Description

The Shared Regional Transportation Planner will support UConn and WRTD with comprehensive planning support and work cooperatively to complete broad transit planning initiatives in order to meet near and long range multimodal transportation goals. The Planner will report to both WRTD and to UConn Transportation.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assessment, design, implementation, and planning of transportation and transit initiatives and environmental impacts related to projects initiated at the university, regional, agency, and enterprise levels.
  • Serving as a liaison for WRTD and UConn Transportation with the business and university communities, citizen groups, Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT), Capital Region Council of Governments (CRCOG), Southeastern Council of Governments (SCCOG) other governmental agencies.
  • Advocating for effective coordination between state and local agencies.
  • Transit planning, including route analysis and development.
  • Plan a shared maintenance facility concurrent with the transference of UConn transit service operation to the WRTD and the implementation of the organizational changes needed to enable and sustain those endeavors.
  • Coordinating the development of a Special Events Plan for the Tolland/Mansfield Area.
  • Developing strategies to utilize federal and state funds (capital and operating) to the fullest extent possible
  • Overseeing the work of consultants retained to work on transportation projects.
  • Coordinating the public involvement process for WRTD and UConn Transportation including staging public appearances and announcements, organizing public meetings, giving presentations, and educating the public concerning transportation issues.
  • Assuring compliance with FTA regulations.
  • Planning, developing, and implementing various public outreach and marketing programs including transportation demand management (TDM) and trip reduction programs.
  • Researching and resolving complaints and problems; developing and analyzing customer surveys to determine customer satisfaction; developing methods of operation to meet public demand for service.
  • Performing related duties, as required.
  • Ability to work nights and weekends when necessary.

Knowledge of:

  • Methods, practices, and procedures involved in transit planning
  • Transit equipment and relevant technologies
  • Marketing concepts including social media engagement
  • Computer programs (word processing, spread sheets, data base, GIS)
  • Project Management
  • Grants Management

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Public or Business Administration, Transportation Planning, Urban Planning, Architecture or related field PLUS;
  • At least five years of transportation and land use planning, transit planning or relevant experience.
  • Excellent communication, organizational and analytical skills a must, as well as the ability to prepare clear and concise reports
  • Ability to foster effective working relationships with colleagues and stakeholders.
  • Proficiency in GIS, database, graphic and desktop publishing and business software.
  • Experience with interacting with citizen groups, elected officials and high-level administrators.
  • Requires high motivation, a comfort with innovation and change management, and the ability to work independently.

Preferred Skills:

  • Master's degree in Public or Business Administration, Transportation Planning, Urban Planning, Engineering, Architecture or related field.
  • Transportation Planning experience in the State Department of Transportation or University environment as well as experience with transit system planning and operations, Transportation Demand Management (TDM), and Trip Reduction Strategies (TRS); and urban and site design skills as they relate to transportation, access, circulation, and parking.
  • AICP certification
Experience Level
Mid II (4-8 years)
AICP Level
Transportation Planning
Salary Range
$65,000 - $75,000

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