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Associate Planner

Pace Suburban Bus
Arlington Heights, IL
United States
Professional Areas: 
Transportation Planning
Experience Level: 
Entry Level
AICP Certification: 
Up to $60,000 per year depending on experience and qualifications


The Service Planning & Scheduling Department of Pace Suburban Bus in Arlington Heights, Illinois, located 25 miles northwest of downtown Chicago, accessible by public transportation, seeks an Associate Planner for the Service Planning Section. Pace is a large public transit agency providing fixed route, alternative services, ride share and ADA transportation in a 3500 square mile area of Northeastern Illinois serving 280 communities. More information can be found at


Under the direction of the Section Manager, Service Planning & Scheduling, plans, designs, implements and evaluates changes in fixed routes, community transit and paratransit services operated by Pace garages and contractors; analyzes route performance data to make improvements in service; conducts field work to review current service and plan new service; investigates and responds to internal and external inquiries and input pertaining to fixed route and community transit services; participates in Pace service restructuring initiatives to increase ridership and revenue, decrease travel time, and find new markets; attends public meetings and responds to inquiries about planning or scheduling of specific routes; and performs other duties as assigned.


The qualified candidate must have a valid driver’s license with a good driving record to use company cars; a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning or Transportation planning with a focus on transit planning (a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning or Transportation planning and AICP certification is preferred); and at least two year’s previous employment in public or private transit as a transit planner (a combination of full-time employment and internships in transit planning can be used to compute years of experience); must be experienced in data analysis; competent in map and schedule reading; proficient in Microsoft Office suites including Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint as well as ArcMap/GIS, Tableau, Ride Check; knowledge of Hastus is preferred; must have good project management skills and be able to meet deadlines; must possess excellent problem-solving and interpersonal skills as well as excellent written and verbal communication skills. Work is performed in a professional environment but travel to local work assignments at Pace garages, municipalities, and other institutions is required; must be able to lift, carry, push or pull objects weighing up to 10 pounds on a frequent basis; and have a good work history.


  1. Starting salary of up to $60,000 depending on education and experience
  2. Comprehensive health, dental, optical insurance options available paid jointly by Pace and employee
  3. An employee riding pass is provided for unlimited riders during the term of employment on all Pace and CTA buses and trains
  4. Health club reimbursement up to $300 annually as long as the employee works out at least 10 times per month
  5. Liberal leave and vacation


Email your cover letter and updated resume which should include the contact information for two (2) references knowledgeable on the work of the candidate, and a writing sample reflecting the work of the candidate to: [email protected]. Please be sure to include your GPA for all degrees earned.

Published on:
September 30, 2019 - 2:06pm
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