Transportation Engineer/Planner Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization Central Transportation Planning Staff


The Central Transportation Planning Staff (CTPS) of the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is seeking a motivated, enthusiastic, growth-oriented junior transportation engineer/planner to join a team committed to improving mobility, enhancing communities and economic vitality, and balancing development and infrastructure needs with environmental stewardship. The ideal candidate will have a background in transportation planning or engineering, excellent verbal and written communication skills, and a desire to work on rewarding studies for an organization working towards an equitable and sustainable transportation system for the 97 cities and towns in the Boston region.

We are pleased to offer a unique development opportunity that will allow you to create a foundation of knowledge for a successful career in transportation planning. At CTPS, you will gain experience in transportation planning and engineering through learning on the job and participating in regional planning and development studies. In this role you will have access to the Boston Region MPO’s social media resources, group mentoring, professional networking, and learning activities—including webinars and on-line programs.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we will help you reach yours.


The junior transportation engineer/planner will be exposed to the following types of work:

  • Traffic data collection
  • Analysis and intersection evaluation
  • Conceptual design development
  • Transportation planning and modeling
  • Congestion, access, and safety management
  • Traffic impact reviews
  • Pedestrian and bicycle transportation assessments
  • MPO freight planning activities


Required Qualifications

  • An advanced degree in transportation planning, urban and regional planning, or traffic engineering or a bachelor degree with at least two years of professional experience
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently
  • Intellectual curiosity

Additional Desirable Skills and Experience

  • Experience in a transportation-planning field
  • Familiarity with one or more traffic analysis programs (Synchro or HCS)
  • Knowledge of ArcGIS
  • Ability to work with large databases and datasets
  • Familiarity with quantitative software packages (Excel or SPSS)
  • Familiarity in data analysis and visualization using R or Python

Additional Information

The starting salary range for this position is $55,000–$62,000 annually, contingent on qualifications and experience.

All candidates must have legal authorization to work in the United States and a valid driver’s license and/or the ability to arrange transportation to meetings in the Boston region. The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) is the fiduciary agent for CTPS and legally employs its staff. MAPC and CTPS are Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) employers that take pride in the diversity of their workforces and encourage all qualified persons to apply.

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About CTPS

CTPS is a passionate group of transportation planners, analysts, modelers, programmers, and engineers working to address regional transportation challenges. The deep transportation knowledge and expertise of this close-knit team is a critical asset to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), regional transit authorities, cities and towns within the region, as well as other agencies and stakeholders.

CTPS has two primary roles:

  • Support the Boston Region MPO board and its committees in establishing and realizing a vision to create a modern, well-maintained transportation system that supports an equitable, sustainable, healthy, livable, and economically vibrant region through a transparent and inclusive process
  • Carry out a wide range of technical and planning studies and analysis to support our partners in the region

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume online at by October 2, 2020.