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Central Transportation Planning Staff – Transportation Improvement Program Manager

The Central Transportation Planning Staff (CTPS) of the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is seeking a transportation planner to manage all aspects of the MPO’s Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), a federally required document that describes the programming of federal funds for transportation infrastructure projects throughout the Boston metropolitan region. This talented professional will also engage in other metropolitan transportation-planning activities to support the MPO’s continuous, comprehensive, cooperative (3C) transportation-planning certification process, as needed.

The qualified candidate must have:

  • A minimum of three years of relevant professional experience in the field of transportation planning and/or transportation engineering with a demonstrated knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques of metropolitan planning in the areas of transportation, land use, demographics, project financing, and public policy
  • A master’s degree in transportation planning, urban or regional planning, civil engineering, economics, or a related field
  • Excellent written and oral presentation skills and the ability to effectively communicate to a variety of audiences, including the MPO board, elected officials, technical staff, and the general public
  • Strong organizational, project-management, and analytical skills (both qualitative and quantitative)
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently
  • Ability to facilitate dialogue among stakeholders
  • Proficiency working with spreadsheets and databases
  • Attention to detail and in applying quality-assurance procedures to all products and activities

Previous MPO experience and knowledge of the MPO process are desirable.


The TIP Manager will oversee development of the annual TIP document and its periodic amendments. Activities include:

  • Coordinating CTPS activities to support TIP development
  • Presenting regular updates to the MPO board
  • Coordinating with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, regional transit authorities, and municipalities to track the status of project design, engineering, and construction
  • Evaluating and prioritizing transportation projects by applying existing methods, and developing new methods
  • Working with MPO board members, municipalities, and other potential project proponents
  • Conducting outreach to inform the public about the TIP and the MPO planning process
  • Creating the TIP document, including drafting text, preparing tables that present budget information, and overseeing layout, graphics, and production
  • Updating federal funding information and ensuring that the TIP complies with federal and state requirements, regulations, and procedures

The TIP Manager also will provide policy, process, and technical support for the development of other certification documents, such as the Long-Range Transportation Plan, and Air Quality Conformity; and activities like performance-based planning.

Knowledge of the following is desirable, but not required:

  • U.S. Census Bureau data sets
  • Construction project management, project financing, and financial planning
  • Spatial analysis and map production using ESRI’s ArcGIS software
  • Understanding of the practices and principles of travel demand modeling, traffic engineering, transit service planning, bicycle and pedestrian planning, and air quality conformity

Salary contingent upon qualifications; excellent employee benefits package. All candidates must have legal authorization (citizenship or visa) to work in the USA. The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) is CTPS’s fiduciary agent and legally employs its staff. MAPC/CTPS is an EOE/AA employer which takes pride in the diversity of its workforce and encourages all qualified persons to apply.

Respond with resume and cover letter to:

Recruitment Director, CTPS

State Transportation Building

10 Park Plaza, Suite 2150

Boston, MA 02116-3968


Fax: 617-570-9192


Email: recruitment@ctps.org




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