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Transit Planner


DEFINITION

Under general direction, develops and coordinates short-range and long-range transportation plans; plans and organizes the operations of the City’s demand response and fixed bus route transit system; coordinates assigned activities with other City departments, Federal Transit Administration, the Stanislaus Council of Governments, other outside agencies and the general public; and performs related work as required. The Transit Planner is expected to perform the full range of professional transportation planning work involving the application of professional knowledge to various municipal and regional transit and transportation planning problems.

This position is assigned to the Miscellaneous Bargaining Unit for labor relation purposes and is subject to overtime assignments.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED

General supervision is provided by the Traffic\Transportation Engineering Supervisor and the City Engineer. The Transit Planner may provide technical direction to engineering staff.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

Work in this classification is distinguished from that of the Associate Planner class by the knowledge of transportation planning issues, which is required, and from the Transportation Planner class by its perspective towards transit issues.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Develops, coordinates and manages the City’s short and long-range transportation planning efforts, including transportation components of the General Plan.
  • Reviews, comments upon and coordinates the work of outside Transit/Planning consultants on City and multi-agency projects.
  • Represents the City’s interest and provides testimony in transit matters at Planning Commission, City Council, committee meetings, and meetings with other agencies and/or developers.
  • Represents the City at the Council of Governments and related official bodies.
  • Coordinates and performs research and analysis leading to the development of new and improved transit systems, to include routing patterns, rate structures, travel patterns, cost analysis, financial needs, funding sources, and related issues.
  • Analyzes problems, issues, and costs relating to private and public costs and benefits, and anticipated impacts on current transit operations.
  • Coordinates with cities, transit operators, county departments, and other public and private agencies regarding the most effective current and future transit systems.
  • Develops and administers policies and procedures concerning transit operations.
  • Determines revenue needs and resources.
  • Helps prepare, monitor and administer transit budget and other grant applications.
  • Prepares traffic, transit and other grant applications and ensures compliance with grant funding requirements.
  • Prepares and maintains a variety of records, data and reports.
  • Prepares contracts, requisitions and purchase orders.
  • Coordinates transit vehicle and equipment maintenance.
  • Monitors and evaluates transit operations.
  • Develops, implements and administers Street Improvement Fees and Traffic Signal Fees.
  • Coordinates and performs research and analysis leading to the development of new and improved transit systems and related street, rail and other transportation systems, to include routing patterns, rate structures, travel patterns, cost analysis, financial needs, funding sources, and related issues.
  • Analyzes problems, issues, and costs relating to private and public costs and benefits, and anticipated impacts on current transportation operations.
  • Performs related duties as required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Knowledge of:

  • Federal, State, and local laws and regulations governing public transit system operations and transportation grant funding.
  • Modern transit system operating principles and practices.
  • Principles and practices of supervision.
  • Basic mathematics, account record keeping and budgeting.
  • Computer programs such as Microsoft Word and Excel.

Ability to:

  • Plan, organize and direct contracted transit operations.
  • Analyze operating conditions and problems and recommend and implement appropriate solutions.
  • Prepare reports and compile statistical data.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted during the course of work.
  • Develop, read, and interpret rules, policies and procedures.
  • Research complaints, problems and prepare responses for management, including composing correspondence.
  • Operate standard office equipment including microcomputer software.
  • Maintain tact, poise and professional demeanor under adverse circumstances.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

Any combination equivalent to experience and education that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical combination is:

Education

Possession of a Bachelor degree with major coursework in public or business administration, transportation and planning, or a related field.

Experience

Two years of responsible experience in transit or transportation planning, transportation engineering, public transit operations, or a closely related field.

LICENSE AND/OR CERTIFICATE

Possession of a valid, appropriate California Driver's License at the time of appointment, to be maintained as a condition of continued employment.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

Maintain the following physical abilities: See well enough to read instructions, read fine print, view computer screen, operate vehicle and related equipment; hear well enough to converse on the telephone and in person, assist the public and other staff; use hands and fingers for use of computer keyboard, copy machine, filing, writing, drive vehicles and answer telephone.

Class Established: 4/06

Reviewed and Approved:

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