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Metropolitan Transit Planner

The Metropolitan Transit Planner is a position within the Region 1 Planning Council (R1PC), which is comprised of the Rockford Metropolitan Agency for Planning and the Economic Development District of Northern Illinois.

This position works with the Metropolitan Planning Organization (RMAP/MPO) division of the R1PC and the Rockford Mass Transit District (RMTD) to administer the federally required public transit planning process. This position also produces planning documents and engages in planning processes typical of a metropolitan planning organization and mass transit district.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (These essential duties are only illustrative.)
This position requires a successful candidate to:

• Actively consult with the MPO transportation planning and economic development divisions of the RPC as well as grants and operations divisions of RMTD to coordinate transit planning processes.

• Acts as liaison between the R1PC and RMTD; Attends monthly RMTD board meetings and is primary staff support for the MPO Mobility Subcommittee.

• Coordinates with RMTD and MPO staff to develop the FTA required Transit Asset Management Plan (TAM) and associated transit related performance measures.

• Coordinate with R1PC economic development staff, as well as with regional economic development and workforce development partners, to ensure alignment of transit planning activities with those subject areas.

• Prepares required MPO transit planning documents such as the Coordinated Public Transit – Human Services Transportation Plan (HSTP / Coordinated Plan) and transit funding section of Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). Conducts necessary analyses as mandated by FTA circulars, Federal Register notices and current transportation law (FAST-Act).

• Prepares annual documentation and conducts the planning process (in coordination with the MPO Mobility Subcommittee, IDOT, RMTD and local eligible entities) to program regionally allocated FTA 5310 funding.

• Monitors the Federal Register and FTA Circulars for FTA funding sources (FTA 5307, FTA 5310, FTA 5339, etc.); Conducts the planning process and develops documentation required to utilize these funding sources.

• Provide analysis of development trends and recommends strategies to maximize use of existing public transit network; reviews existing regional and local plans for consistency and recommend changes where appropriate.

• Prepares RMTD Title VI & Environmental Justice planning documents.

• Prepares RMTD Route and Schedule analyses and plans. Conducts field evaluations and assessments such as boarding and alighting surveys when required. Provide planning recommendations for initiatives to enhance the fixed route transit system.

• Develops and maintains geographic information systems (GIS) data regarding the RMTD fixed route-system, bus shelters, transfer points, bus stop signage, transfer centers and other key elements of the regional public transit provider’s system.

• Other duties as assigned by the R1PC and RMTD.

For the full job description, please click here.

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, transportation planning, economics or a related field. Master’s degree desirable but not required. Five years or more of experience with public transit and corridor planning is preferred. Experience with preparing documentation for the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) is preferred.

Please submit cover letter, resume, three writing samples relevant to the position, and three professional references by applying online at

The position will remain open until filled.
Region 1 Planning Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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