Senior Transit Service Planner

Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates, Inc..

Posted on: Mar 22, 2013

Nelson|Nygaard Consulting Associates is seeking an experienced public transit/transportation planner for its Boston office. Nelson/Nygaard excels at improving public transit. We specialize in projects that transform the way transit systems operate, making them more efficient for transit agencies and more useful and attractive to their passengers, and we do it in a manner that supports our goal of creating more livable communities.

We are currently seeking to expand our transit practice and need two highly organized, independent, forward-thinking Senior Public Transit Planners.


Being a Senior Transit Planner involves multiple responsibilities. You will be based in either Boston or Seattle. You will be expected to be able to win and manage medium to small projects, have major roles in large projects, and provide guidance to the office’s excellent junior staff. Within a few years, we expect that you will be winning and managing large projects.

Your projects may be located anywhere throughout the US and possibly even overseas, and thus a willingness, and desire, to travel is essential. You will work closely with Nelson/Nygaard’s senior and junior staff in your local office, and also with staff in our other offices throughout the country. Our approach is to bring the most appropriate staff together, irrespective of where they are based, as working together produces better outcomes and improves all of our skills.

Qualifications and Requirements

The ideal candidate should have a broad range of transportation and urban planning experience. At the very least a candidate should be able to demonstrate significant expertise in at least five of the following areas:

  • Short and Long Range Transit Planning
  • Comprehensive Operational Analysis (COA)
  • Transit/shuttle service design, planning and operations     
  • Bus Rapid Transit/Rapid Bus
  • Light rail, commuter rail, and/or streetcar
  • Intelligent transit systems and technology
  • Transit policy, funding and governance
  • Fare system pricing, policy and technology
  • Multimodal/Intermodal facility planning
  • Customer services, transit marketing and information systems
  • Data collection and performance assessments
  • Multi-system coordination
  • Scheduling and runcutting
  • Paratransit and demand-responsive services
  • Coordination of community transportation services
  • Campus transportation planning

Candidates must also meet the following three requirements to be considered:

  1. You must have at least 6 years of increasingly responsible experience in public transit planning.
  2. You must demonstrate successful and sustained experience in business development, i.e., bringing in projects.
    If you are coming from a government agency, you must be able to convince us that you will be able to do this within one or two years of starting at Nelson|Nygaard.
  3. You must have at least a Bachelor’s Degree in city/urban planning, transportation engineering or related planning field, or equivalent experience. A Master’s Degree in one of these fields is highly preferred.

In addition, you must be able to demonstrate excellent written and verbal skills, the ability to manage projects within budget, work successfully with clients, members of the public and your team members, prepare reports and successful proposals, perform technical analysis, feasibility studies, make presentations and solve problems.

Finally, you must be someone who we want to work with and who our clients want to work with. We will help you develop your skills, but we also expect you to use your skills to help our junior staff to develop theirs.

Salary and Benefits

The annual salary range equivalent for this position is $80,000 to $100,000, depending on qualifications and years of experience. Benefits include fully paid health and dental insurance, a 401K/profit-sharing program and Paid Time-Off (PTO).

Prior to sending your materials, please combine your cover letter and resume into a single PDF with the filename format "Firstname Lastname - Boston Senior Associate.pdf". Please send materials to with the subject line "Boston Senior Associate Position".
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