New 2017 Houston METRO Job Postings – Transit Planner II – Capital/ Environmental Planning & Senior Transit Planner

Transit Planner II – Capital and Environmental Planning

Basic Functions

Responsible for performing professional and technical transit planning work focusing on both short and long range planning, facilities planning, and special project planning. Assisting with federal government transit programs, grant administration and working with the project manager to ensure appropriate compliance.  The Planner will provide support to project managers, conduct research, compile information, and coordinate with other METRO departments and area agencies to implement METRO’s plans and programs. Performs duties in a safe, efficient manner and in compliance with all applicable rules and safety procedures.

Responsibilities and Specific Duties  

  • Provides support for conducting and preparing programs / capital projects that include various environmental documentation such as Categorical Exclusions Reports, Environmental Assessments Reports, Environmental Impact Statement Reports and Technical Memorandum Reports for federal environmental clearance of capital projects.
  • Conducts required background research and data collection to support recommendations for system development, support on planning studies and pilot projects, state & federal grant applications and related reports.
  • Provides support in developing scopes of work and schedules, related budget cost controls, technical analysis and coordination, quality control, and general project delivery.
  • Coordinates Capital Projects/Environmental planning efforts internally with other departments.
  • Research and analyze industry trends of development in transit planning, Transit Oriented Development (TOD), bike & pedestrian planning and alternative mode technologies.
  • Coordinates interagency activities for specific planning efforts and/or projects.
  • Represents METRO on specific stakeholder interest and environmental committees.
  • Responds to public inquiries regarding capital transit projects.
  • Provides support for development and maintenance of METRO’s Long Rang Plan.
  • Provides support for coordinating development of the Regional Transportation Plan and Transportation Improvement Plan which allows METRO to pursue federal funding for capital projects. Oversees the work of consultants retained to work on and support METRO’s transit program.
  • Meets with members of the public, outside firms, and other governmental agencies to coordinate project development.
  • Prepares and gives presentations to various audiences.
  • Conducts research and compiles information to respond to Senior Management and Board inquiries.
  • Promotes safety awareness and follows safety procedures in an effort to reduce or eliminate accidents.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications/ Requirements:
Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Environmental, Urban or Transportation Planning or related field.

Minimum two (2) years’ experience in transit planning and technical data analysis.

Ability to interpret technical data with knowledge of transit systems is desired.  Proficient in Microsoft Office Suites – specifically MS Word, Power Point, Excel, and Access.  ArcGIS knowledge and skills are desirable.  Strong verbal and written communication skills.  Must be a self starter interested in improving public transportation.  Bilingual is a plus.  Valid driver’s license is required.

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Job Title: Transit Planner II-Capital & Environmental Planning
Job #: 3932
Opening Date/Time:   Thu. 02/02/17 12:00 AM Central Time
Salary: Not Displayed
Job Type: Full-Time
Location: 1900 Main Houston, Texas 77002, Texas
Department: Planning, Engineering, Construction

Senior Transit Planner  

Basic Functions

Coordinates the identification and conceptual development of capital facilities and capital improvements, serves as project manager for planning studies and for various capital and programmatic components of the bus network, as well as for FTA required environmental studies. Acts as the Agency’s liaison in the coordination of regional multi-modal project development. Performa duties in a safe, efficient manner and in compliance with all applicable rules and safety procedures.

Responsibilities and Specific Duties  

  • Serves as Project Manager for METRO’s planning studies.
  • Coordinates with the City of Houston, Harris County, the multi-cities, management districts, and TIRZs to ensure the needs of transit are considered in the design of streets and public facilities.
  • Assists with development and maintenance of METRO’s regional long range plans.
  • Reviews plans and drawings for new or modified facilities that serve METRO passengers to ensure that those facilities will be easy to access for pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • Coordinates initial definition and conceptual planning/design of capital projects.Prepares project justifications and presentations for specific capital projects.
  • Assist in agency grant writing efforts.
  • Responsible for coordination of the authority’s Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and Regional Transportation Plan (RTP).
  • Serves as Project Manager for FTA required environmental studies for major METRO projects.
  • Manages special projects associated with the 5 year implementation of the bus network.
  • Manages consultant contracts, including scopes of work, prepares project milestones, and delegates work assignments to consultants and in-house staff.
  • Conducts presentations on METRO’s activities to outside groups.
  • Coordinates planning activities with area associations, community groups, local and state agencies, and special interest groups.
  • Prepares administrative and technical reports on new or existing projects, programs and policies.
  • Reviews and analyzes data on economic, social, and physical factors affecting the regional transit system.
  • Responds to public, senior staff and Board Member inquiries.
  • Responsible for managing project budgets.
  • Promotes safety awareness and follows safety procedures in an effort to reduce or eliminate accidents.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
 Minimum Qualifications/ Requirements:
Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning, Urban Design, Transportation or a related field preferred.

Minimum of five (5) years’ experience in planning and technical analysis.

Knowledge of transportation and transit planning, knowledge of socio-economic and demographic characteristics of the area.  Project management, coordination, analysis, and presentation skills.  Computer skills to include all of MS Office software, use of word processing, spreadsheet, and graphics software.  Familiarity with architectural concepts, land use planning, ridership analysis and traffic analysis useful. Must have excellent verbal and writing skills. Must have very good presentation skills. AICP is desired but not required.  Familiarity with new guidance on FTA Title VI Rights Requirements.

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Job Title: Senior Transit Planner
Job #: 3936
Opening Date/Time:   Thu. 02/09/17 12:00 AM Central Time
Salary: Not Displayed
Job Type: Full-Time
Location: 1900 Main Houston, Texas 77002, Texas
Department: Planning, Engineering, Construction
 Additional Information:
The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas has a zero tolerance drug and alcohol policy for all employees. All internal and external applicants will be required to undergo drug testing before employment and will be subject to further drug and/or alcohol testing throughout their employment.

Further, employees who perform safety-sensitive functions will submit to drug and/or alcohol testing in accordance to the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) regulatory requirements.

We provide equal opportunity to all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, veteran status, genetic information or disability.


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