Senior Transit Planner

Central Arkansas Transit Authority
Professional Area: 
Transportation Planning
3-5 years
Contact person: 
Josh Crawford
North Little Rock, AR

The purpose of this position is to perform planning duties specifically related to the design and analysis of transit services. This is accomplished by conducting route studies including analyzing route structures and advising on the effect of changes to route design, collecting, maintaining and analyzing service-related data in order to create various reports and respond to federal, state and local reporting requirements and performing research in order to respond to inquiries and complaints regarding route performance and design. Other duties include preparing presentations, responding to ad-hoc requests, Title VI program adherence and attending regional planning and development meetings.


  • Conducts route studies by field investigations evaluating number of stops, length of route and number of runs and reviews of passenger surveys; monitors route performance for effectiveness; calculates projected ridership and performance statistics; proposes modifications to existing services including route design, service frequencies and vehicle assignment requirements; advises management on the effect of proposed service changes; coordinates with other departments on service related issues.
  • Collects service-related data from various sources and develops and maintains database in order to prepare federal, state and local reports; performs data analysis in order to prepare various reports related to ridership, route productivity and service measurements and performance indicators for management staff; participates in the completion of the Short Range Transit and Fleet Management plans; communicates and coordinates with other departments to determine methods for ongoing data collection.
  • Performs research in order to respond to inquiries and complaints from internal and external customers; attends community meetings and public hearings as needed in order to communicate service related information.
  • Receive, record, and responds to Title VI complaints while creating and updating Title VI Program which includes data research and analysis, etc.


  • Four (4) years of college resulting in a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university in Planning, Economics, Business or Public Administration or related field.

  • A minimum of three (3) years of experience in urban, transportation or transit planning. Additional experience with GIS (Geographic Information Systems) software is preferred

  • Work requires functioning as a lead worker performing essentially the same work as those directed, and includes overseeing work quality, training, instructing, and scheduling work.

  • Decisions regarding implementation of policies may be made. Contact may involve support of controversial positions or the negotiation of sensitive issues or important presentations. Contacts may involve stressful, negative interactions with the public requiring high levels of tact and the ability to respond to aggressive interpersonal interactions.

  • The employee normally performs the duty assignment according to his or her own judgment, requesting supervisory assistance only when necessary. Special projects are managed with little oversight and assignments may be reviewed upon completion. Performance reviewed periodically.

  • Work requires a comprehensive, practical knowledge of a technical field with use of analytically judgment and decision-making abilities appropriate to the work environment of the organization.


At CATA, you will find a diverse workforce that reflects our community and a commitment to providing world-class transit service. We aim to recruit and hire a diverse workforce that reflects the community we serve. We value the ideas, enthusiasm, and ambition that each person brings. We place no limits to what you can achieve at CATA. We respect and value our employees because we know that we couldn’t do what we do without them. If you would like to work in an innovative and diverse organization and are looking for a challenging opportunity to make an impact, we want to talk to you. Central Arkansas Transit Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

CATA offers its employees competitive salaries and an attractive benefit package which includes:

•    Growth potential
•    Medical, vision, and dental health insurance
•    Life insurance
•    457 Deferred Compensation retirement plan
•    Paid Vacation, holidays, and sick leave
•    In-house training opportunities
•    Transit Passes for employees and/or eligible dependents

Starting Salary is $56,000 to $65,000 with a top salary range for this position of $84,000.