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Principal Transportation Planner more...
Location:Philadelphia, PA
Company:Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC)
First posted:May 29, 2017

Principal Transportation Planner

Job Recruitment #17-08

SALARY RANGE: High $50,000s to Low $70,000s (position level & salary commensurate with education & experience)
LOCATION: Office of Corridor Planning
CLOSING DATE: When position is filled

Job Description

The Office of Corridor Planning at DVRPC focuses on travel corridors or small areas, and involves extensive coordination among government and transportation agencies, considering all modes of transportation and their roles in shaping communities. Our goal is to apply a full range of planning and transportation analysis tools and principles, in order to fulfill DVRPC's vision of making a great region even greater.

This position involves highly responsible professional and technical analysis, and leadership of multimodal planning projects. Work involves the determination and selection of project objectives and methods, and responsibility for project deliverables. This includes technical analysis, development of medium- and long-range plans, and various types of street, highway, and transit evaluations.

Project-level supervision is exercised over a diversified group of planning and technical staff. Work is performed in accordance with general agency policies and professional standards with results subject to review by the Manager, Office of Corridor Planning.


  • Provide project-level supervision and direction to staff to design and execute roadway, public transportation, parking, and travel demand studies. This includes specifying the problem, collecting and analyzing data, interpreting and reporting results, and developing conclusions and recommendations for project implementation.
  • Direct field analyses and identify transportation problem areas, including determining deficiencies and alternative solutions.
  • Develop and select methods of program analysis and planning, including transportation, land use, and demographics.
  • Develop recommendations and prepare related documentation and final reports.
  • Develop effective communication strategies (written, graphical, and presentation) to explain project concepts and engage with colleagues, policymaking officials, members of the public, and advisory groups.
  • Coordinate and build relationships with the region's transportation stakeholders, in part to develop opportunities for new projects.
  • Prepare and manage project-related budgets. Determine procedures and approve administrative actions.
  • Provide technical assistance to member governments, consultants, and the public, via travel data, output from transportation operations software, and graphics.


  • Thorough knowledge of the principles, practices, and objectives of transportation planning and traffic operations, with the ability to relate this knowledge to the development and analysis of a regional transportation system and its components.
  • Thorough knowledge of the socio-economic factors involved in community and regional transportation planning.
  • Thorough knowledge of standard statistical techniques and research methods.
  • Ability to organize, plan, and direct complex research projects.
  • Ability to plan, assign, and supervise the work of project-level technical and professional personnel.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, planning officials, and the general public.
  • Experience with field surveys, data analysis, opinion surveys, and system evaluation.
  • Experience with VISSIM or other traffic simulation software such as Synchro is a plus.
  • Knowledge of computer applications, word processing, report preparation, and spreadsheet software.
  • Familiarity with geographic information systems and their application.

Experience and Training

To classify as a Level RA III, a minimum of five years professional experience in transportation planning or engineering, or in social science research work is required. To classify as a Level RA IV, a minimum of seven years is required. Such experience may have been gained from a combination of experience and training. Training may have been gained through graduation from a four-year college or university, with major coursework in Urban Planning or Civil Engineering.

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