Under direction, a Senior Transportation Planner – Modeling and Analysis supervises professional planners, and consultants and carries out activities related with the development, revision, and calibration of regional multi-modal networks and models.
This classification is the first supervisory level with responsibility for developing travel demand models; travel forecasting and analysis of transportation system performance; analyzing household travel surveys and decennial census data; preparing technical documentation of work performed; compiling and analyzing data; responding to information requests; and representing VTA at project technical committees.
Classification Bargaining Unit: AFSCME
Essential Job Functions
Supervises and develops professional staff and consultants, assigns work and evaluates work products, may counsel and discipline staff;
Develops, maintains and updates travel forecasting and statistical packages;
Develops and implements recommendations to improve existing model accuracy and efficiency;
Applies statistical packages to aggregate and disaggregate models; develops and calibrates (aggregate) network models;
Develops and validates highway and transit networks;
Develops, maintains, and updates GIS databases and files;
Applies countywide and regional models to evaluate transportation projects in terms including, but not limited to, trip generation and assignment, transit ridership, mobility, air quality, equity, cost/benefit and cost-effectiveness;
Manages and participates in the development of documentation including model structure, run-stream parameters, and assumptions;
Coordinates with VTA/Congestion Management (CMA) staff, member agency staff (cities and County of Santa Clara) and regional agency staff (Association of Bay Area Governments [ABAG] and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission [MTC]) to define, develop and manage regional network components and development strategies;
Coordinates with VTA bus and rail transit service and operations staff to incorporate transit service operating plans and policies into travel demand modeling and forecasting process;
Participates in regional modeling efforts to ensure consistency between VTA countywide and ABAG/MTC modeling assumptions;
Supports Major Investment Study (MIS) and Environmental Impact Study (EIS)/Environmental Impact Report (EIR) processes;
Provides modeling support to evaluate transportation and land use policies;
Writes, revises and submits research and technical memoranda and reports;
Applies quality control procedures for all aspects of travel demand forecasting conducted by VTA/CMA;
Performs related duties as required.
Training and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with a major in transportation planning/engineering, urban planning, or a related field and 4 years of progressively responsible professional experience in the field of transportation planning, traffic engineering, transportation data analysis, or related experience with an emphasis on network and demand model simulation.
A Masters Degree maybe substituted for one year of the required experience.
Theories, principles and practices of travel demand forecasting including 4-step model;
Mathematical methods and procedures; transportation network simulation methods and procedures;
Transportation modeling software packages such as CUBE/TP+ and TRANSCAD;
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and database development and applications;
Statistical survey methods and procedures for transportation analysis;
Concepts, principles, techniques and legal aspects of transportation planning;
Network development, checking and calibration;
Travel demand model development and forecasting;
Capabilities of computer program packages and their utilization in network simulation and survey analysis;
Governmental organizations and operations;
Project management methods and techniques;
Principles and practices of supervision, management, employee training and development.
Conduct comprehensive analyses and studies and make recommendations based on findings in studies, field observation, and public contacts;
Analyze issues and numerical measures associated with transportation planning projects, including estimates derived from computer models, estimates of costs and benefits, and public input;
Compile, analyze and interpret complex data sets;
Negotiate consensus solutions;
Estimate and administer budgets for studies and schedule and manage planning projects;
Write correspondence, Board memoranda, planning and technical reports, and fact sheets designed to be understood by all audiences, including the general public;
Simultaneously manage multiple projects;
Maintain project objectives and integrity when conflicting interests may influence the project outcome;
Resolve conflicts between contractors and VTA on the interpretation of contractor project responsibilities;
Supervise, and develop staff;
Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
Establish cooperative-working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Internal Number: 01378
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