The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), located in downtown Chicago, is currently accepting applications to fill the position of Strategic Planner.
Under the direction of the Manager of Strategic and Corridor Planning, conducts data collection, technical analysis and writing in support of the RTA’s strategic planning, performance measurement, and multifaceted transit systems planning work. Assists with maintenance and application of technical tools including the RTA regionally-calibrated version of the FTA STOPS transit project ridership model, the RTA Access Measure tool, and a Strategic Asset Management database. Contributes to performance measurement activities, market analysis, strategic planning documents, surveys, and studies. Prepares written content and presents analyses to RTA and Service Board staff and working groups.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Contributes to planning and analysis to identify travel patterns and mobility issues, and evaluate complex multi-modal transportation networks. Researches new mobility solutions, emerging technologies and autonomous vehicles. Assists in the development of policy recommendations.
Assists with maintenance and operation of the RTA’s regionally-calibrated version of the FTA STOPS transit project ridership model, including updates with new datasets.
Assists with maintenance and operation of the RTA’s Geographic Information System (GIS)-based Access Index.
Assists with RTA performance measurement work by conducting data analysis (performance metrics, trend analysis, geospatial) and contributing to reports and on-line dashboards. Assists with data collection from the National Transit Database (NTD) and other existing sources.
Analyzes and maps data to understand travel patterns trends, regional demographics, and transit market characteristics. Assists in regional and sub-regional planning studies to assess short- and long-range transit markets and the feasibility of proposed transit projects, services and strategies.
Assists with development and maintenance of Strategic Asset Management system to inform regional funding needs.
Supports annual progress reporting on regional goals and measures of the Regional Transit Strategic Plan, and implementing strategies of the Plan. Assists with updating/developing the Plan on a 5-year cycle.
Assists with transit and travel surveys to update and supplement existing regional resources.
Prepares extensive written content that includes technical documentation of models and tools developed by RTA; documentation of study methodologies, results, and recommendations; and summarized study results. Prepares charts, graphics, and visualizations for inclusion in documents as needed.
Prepares materials and makes presentations of study results to RTA and Service Board staff and committees as well as non-technical audiences.
The RTA offers a competitive compensation and benefits package. The RTA reimburses for travel at the federal rate for mileage reimbursement. Relocation is not available. For more information about the RTA, visit our website at www.rtachicago.com.
Minimum Salary: $49,000
Please submit a cover letter, resume and salary history to:
The RTA is charged with financial oversight, funding, and regional transit planning for the region’s transit operators or Service Boards: the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Metra and Pace Suburban Bus and Pace Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Paratransit. The RTA regional system serves two million riders each weekday in six counties with 7,200 transit route miles throughout Northeastern Illinois. The RTA sales tax is expected to yield $1.2 billion in 2017. With the addition of state monies, the RTA is expected to distribute about $1.5 billion of public funding to the region’s transit operations this year. In addition, the RTA manages a $3.4 billion five-year capital program that includes issuing hundreds of millions of dollars in RTA bonds and administering grants to the Service Boards. The RTA also serves riders with disabilities and older adults. The agency issues Reduced Fare and Ride Free permits to eligible riders, manages eligibility for ADA Paratransit service and oversees travel training services.