Principal Transportation Planner

Los Angeles, California, United States

Job Description

To provide advanced-level planning and programming support in activities associated with highway project development.

Salary: $82,805 - $103,480 - $124,176

Languages needed: English.

Apply by November 7, 2017

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About the company

Metro (the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority) is unique among the nation’s transportation agencies. We serve as transportation planner and coordinator, designer, builder and operator for one of the country’s largest, most populous counties. More than 9.6 million people – nearly one-third of California’s residents – live, work, and play within our 1,433-square-mile service area.

The successful candidate will

  • Develops, applies, and evaluates technical planning analytical methods and procedures.
  • Conducts analysis, both quantitative and qualitative, and makes recommendations supporting highway project development, programs and policies.
  • Prepares and reviews engineering studies and specifications.
  • Develops Request for Proposals and participates in contractor/consultant selection.
  • Reviews and evaluates consultant proposals; negotiates award amounts, operating standards, and work projects; and ensures productive use of contractors.
  • Manages contracts to ensure completion of projects within scope, on-time and within budget.
  • Initiates and leads preparation of transportation studies and research projects.
  • Prepares cooperative agreements, memorandums of understanding and other agreements with other entities/funding recipients.
  • Represents staff at meetings to facilitate and implement highway projects.
  • Prepares comprehensive reports and correspondence.
  • Evaluates the costs, benefits, and risks associated with alternative funding plans, programs, and projects.
  • Provides technical support and policy guidance to management on Metro Highway plans, programs and projects.
  • Acts as liaison with outside agencies, public and private organizations.
  • Participates in special task forces, committees, panels, transportation forums and peer groups.
  • Assists in developing program guidelines and strategies.
  • Develops and monitors forecasts, budgets, and financial plans for highway programs and projects.
  • Coordinates and disseminates information to various departments, agencies, organizations, and the public.
  • Communicates and implements safety rules, policies, and procedures in support of the agency’s safety vision and goals; and maintains accountability for the safety performance of all subordinate employees.
  • Contributes to ensuring that the EEO policies and programs of Metro are carried out.

Required education and skills

  • Bachelor’s degree – Urban or Transportation Planning, Engineering (Civil, Transportation, Structural, Industrial, Mechanical, Architecture, etc), Business, Public Administration, Political Science, Public Policy, Economics, or other related field.
  • 4 years’ progressively responsible experience in transportation planning/engineering, project management, transportation system design and research, and travel simulation and demand modeling, transportation finance, operations planning, or other related area.
  • Experience working on highway projects is preferred.
  • Master’s degree in a related field is desirable.


  • Theories, principles, and practices of project management, contract management, transportation planning, project programming as applicable to highway projects and programs, and relevant regulations.
  • Applicable local, state, and federal laws, rules, and regulations governing transportation policies, and funding sources for public agencies.
  • Methods and procedures for data collection and analysis.
  • Financial, analytical, statistical, and mathematical processes and procedures.
  • Regulatory, municipal, county, transit, highway and agency policies, plans, and procedures.
  • Business computer programs and applications.
  • Modern management theory.


  • Effectively manage all aspects (technical, fiscal, and administrative) of highway improvement projects.
  • Prepare comprehensive reports and correspondence.
  • Understand, interpret, and apply laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, contracts, budgets, and labor/management agreements.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Interact professionally with Metro staff/departments as well as the staff of other agencies with the goal of promoting collaborative efforts and alliances in favor of the projects and public investment.
  • Understand complex planning concepts.
  • Represent Metro before the public.
  • Analyze situations, identify problems, and recommend solutions.
  • Compile and analyze complex data.
  • Read, write, speak, and understand English.


  • Medical/Dental/Vision Plan
  • Group Life Insurance
  • Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Time off with Pay (TOWP)
  • Holidays
  • Pension Plan
  • Other Benefits

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