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Transit Planning and Development Manager

Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority/The COMET
Columbia, SC
  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.
Job Description

Under direction from the Executive Director/CEO, the Planning and Development Manager is responsible for facilitate planning, implementation and analysis of transit service delivery for The COMET, which may include, but not limited to, fixed route, demand response, and innovative mobility services, develop operational service planning studies, analyze performance data and key performance indicators and coordinate programs related to bus stops and transit center shelters. This position will also ensure compliance with applicable Federal and State rules and regulations regarding public transportation and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Transportation Facilities. Excellent writing skills are essential to successful performance in this position. Work requires independent and professional judgment.


Under direction from the Executive Director/CEO, the incumbent is expected to exercise independent judgment and initiative in establishing efficient and effective service operations consistent with the needs of The COMET. The incumbent also manages the passenger amenities program and develops/evaluates transit system performance data.


The duties listed below represent the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them if the work is related or a logical assignment to this class.

· Performs short range and long-range transit planning and scheduling activities.

· Develops the Transit Service Plan by identifying transit service needs, prioritize improvements and determine resources required for implementing modified or new service.

· Oversees the Short-Range Transit Plan development and implementation, every five to ten years.

· Coordinates with the Central Midlands Council of Governments regarding inclusion of projects in the Metropolitan Transportation Plan, Unified Planning Work Program and other long range or regional transportation planning documents.

· Manage program areas such as system performance measurement, route evaluation, and bus stop inventory database.

· Evaluate transportation projects including trip generation and assignment, transit ridership, mobility, and air quality.

· Manage and implement fare structure policy and processes by conducting fare evaluations of transit ridership, pricing and fares and identify major effects of a service or fare change.

· Oversee systematic sampling plans to support manual and automated passenger and performance data collection programs.

· Work with other departments in compiling required documents for the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) Triennial Review; ensure compliance with FTA's regulations.

· Coordinate with other departments and organizations to implement service delivery plans and other programs.

· Coordinate Global Positioning System (GPS) data collection in support of various transit planning activities.

· Utilize Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping programs to create maps and reports; provide data analysis; update and maintain GIS information.

· Represent The COMET on cooperative special projects with external agencies.

· Prepare reports, policies, procedures, correspondence, and other documents.

· Prepare materials for and conducts public presentations.

· Update and maintain operational service guidelines, performance standards, and related policies.

· Analyze operational, statistical, and budgeting data in the planning of current and future transit service delivery.

· Work with and maintain confidential information.

· Works with staff to review statistical information regarding ridership, traffic congestion, and other available data used in the formation of productivity/efficiency measurements of bus routes.

· Provides direction to the transit operations contractor on the development and implementation of the transit service bids. Participates in meetings with the union(s) regarding service compliance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement/Memorandum of Understanding and the service change and bidding process.

· Responsible for scheduling any mandated outreach programs associated with grants, and route planning including, but not limited to, Title VI analysis and major services changes requiring a public hearing.

· Reviews and evaluates work products and develops/updates procedures and/or policies for the department and The COMET in areas assigned.

· Prepares written reports and presentations for staff and the Board of Directors; represents The COMET at various meetings; and communicates with government officials and personnel from other transit agencies.

· Develops Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), scorecards, dashboards, and other analysis tools that will assist the Executive Director/CEO in his/her goals of measuring productivity, efficiencies and to set stretch goals.

· Develops private-public partnerships, including transit-oriented development.

· Performs other duties as assigned.

Company Description
We Want Amazing People at The COMET!
The COMET is a transit system that's not afraid to be a little different or innovative. From managers to specialists to directors and more, we want amazing people to help us make amazing moves in the Midlands. If you prefer convention to innovation, The COMET is not for you. If you favor the status quo to creativity, The COMET is not for you. And if you like small steps rather than giant leaps, The COMET is definitely not for you. If you have the energy, ambition and creativity to help The COMET achieve its goal of being the nation's best public transit system, we want to hear from you.

Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority/The COMET


3613 Lucius Road

Columbia, SC