Transit Planner

WeGo Public Transit

Nashville, TN United States

Title:  Transit Planner

Purpose: The Transit Planner provides support to WeGo’s Planning Department applying a wide range of professional and technical transit planning knowledge to work activities including recurring and new work situations to further the mission of WeGo. Work involves leading the preparation of plans, reports, coordination, and implementation of local and regional transit service improvement projects for the nMotion Strategic Plan and other related planning initiatives. Additional responsibilities include transit data analysis, outreach activity coordination, facilitating public workshops, surveys, and more. This position requires a combination of strong analytical, quantitative, and qualitative skills.

Reports to:  Director of Planning and Grants

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

  • Manages the development and updating of comprehensive transit plans, programs, and related planning studies including the preparation of requests for proposals, selection of consultants, and supervision of consultant work.
  • Performs system-wide route analysis, identifying opportunities for system improvement, reports and makes recommendations to management.
  • Coordinates public outreach activities and prepares materials for Planning Department’s led initiatives including studies and planned service improvements. Participates in public meetings to explain planning proposals and service improvements and gather feedback. Presents reports or proposals to rider populations and community groups to educate and provide updates on transit issues.
  • Manages the WeGo’s Title VI program including required program document updates.
  • Assists in design, implementation and evaluation of passenger or public surveys and participates in public processes and workshops with local officials, agencies, jurisdictions, groups, and the public to advance transit projects and programs.
  • Acts as the Planning Department’s lead for customer comments. Investigates and responds promptly and accurately to customer inquiries by explaining policies and/or investigating issues and coordinates with other WeGo departments as needed for responses.
  • Collaborates in the administration of the agency’s internal process for placement of bus stops and shelters; coordinates bus stop placement activities with other WeGo departments and external stakeholders; assists with evaluating requests for new stops and relocations of stops to ensure consistency with WeGo’s transit facilities guidelines as well as local zoning, land use and traffic policies.
  • Assists in updating and maintaining planning documents and developing recommendations for transit policies, plans and projects including close coordination with WeGo’s Development Department for next steps in project implementation.
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with state and federal staffs, other government agency staff, and the public. Develops written recommendations; make oral presentations to higher level management or outside agencies; represents WeGo in off-site public meetings and events.
  • Assists in the development of grant applications and other funding applications and materials.

The primary duties are intended to describe those functions that are essential to the performance of this job and must be performed unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation. This job description does not imply that the above are the only duties assigned to the position.  Employees may be required to perform any other job related duties as requested by management.

Knowledge:

  • Planning principles and practices, emerging trends in transit, multimodal service planning, and data analysis as it relates to transit planning
  • General project management concepts
  • Proficiency with modern computer applications including Microsoft Office Suite, ESRI ArcGIS, mapping, and databases
  • Experience with Adobe InDesign and SketchUp is a plus
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of transportation and public transit planning activities is desirable.
  • Project management experience is preferred.
  • Familiarity with WeGo transit routes, federal grant programs, and general dynamics of government is advantageous.

Skills:

  • Group/public speaking
  • Positive customer relations
  • Excellent oral and written presentation
  • Problem solving and analytical thinking
  • Communication, interpersonal and team collaboration skills
  • Effectiveness working on multiple projects under pressure of variable time constraints and meet deadlines
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationship with all levels of employees, board members, elected officials, consultants, vendors, and others encountered in the course of work

Other requirements:

  • Work with minimal supervision
  • Work assigned schedule including attending offsite meetings and events outside of normal hours as needed
  • Maintain confidentiality

Education and Training

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in urban planning, geography or a closely related field, and two to three years of professional experience working in transportation planning with similar scope to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. A relevant master’s degree or graduate level course work may be substituted for the required work experience.   

Physical Requirements with or without reasonable accommodations

Physical activity includes but is not limited to: 

  • Sitting, standing, lifting, reaching, walking, talking, writing, carrying, grasping, holding, clarity of vision, speaking, listening and repetitive motion of hands.
  • Must be able to operate office equipment, including but not limited to, telephone system, computer system, printer, and copy machine.

Annual Salary: $58,451

DTO is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Experience Level
Mid I (1-4 years)
AICP Level
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Specialty
Transportation Planning
Salary Range
$58,451