What does a Transportation Planner do?

Transportation planners work alongside government agencies to help select and develop plans to organize mass transit. They create routes for community use, including walking, bicycling, busing, or by rail. They utilize engineering science and technology and consider the safety, environmental, and efficiency issues involved, including land use or infrastructure analysis. They allocate resources and develop projects, and they are responsible for identifying the needs, plans, estimates, and adherence to regulations.

Transportation planners write concise reports that describe features and available options while making recommendations. They answer inquiries from the public, environmental groups, government bodies and agencies, the business community, and any funding partners and liaise with stakeholders. Transportation managers model solutions and test actions before final implementation occurs and may be called upon to act as expert witnesses at a public inquiry. Transportation planners need a bachelor's degree in civil engineering or related fields.

What responsibilities are common for Transportation Planner jobs?
  • Prepare project requirements, constraints, opportunity mapping and required analysis.
  • Assist in the preparation for and participation in client and stakeholder information meetings, site data collection visits, stakeholder interviews, charrettes, and in-progress reviews.
  • Prepare viable project alternatives for evaluation including adaptive reuse, repair, modernization and new construction. and lead preparation of proposed capital investments plans.
  • Perform site visits to any of the 160 site locations to assist with host communication, establish facilities condition assessment standard business processes, and ensure policy compliance.
What are the typical qualifications for Transportation Planner jobs?
  • Bachelor's Degree in computer science, computer information systems, engineering or business, or equivalent experience.
  • Experience with GIS, AutoCAD, GIT, ACIP, CSCP, AS/400, and CAD software and systems.
  • Comfortable collaborating with others and is an excellent communicator with all involved parties.
  • A problem solver with a demonstrated sound judgment and work ethic.
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Work/Life Balance
3.6 ★
Total Pay--
Career Opportunity
3.5 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does a Transportation Planner make?

Confident
$74,887 /yr
Total Pay
$54,834
 /yr

Base Pay

+
$20,053
 /yr

Additional Pay

$74,887

 / yr
$40K$306K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range
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Transportation Planner Career Path

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
27%
2 - 4
39%
5 - 7
16%
8+
18%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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Transportation Planner Insights

Read what Transportation Planner professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
AECOMAECOM
Senior Transportation Planner
Jun 4, 2020

“Very good opportunities to work collaboratively across specialisms to give a competitive edge on projects.”

KeterKeter
Transportation Planner
Aug 10, 2021

“I felt like the training was a little unorganized and at first there isn’t much to do so it was really boring.”

CEMEXCEMEX
Graduate Transport Planner
Jan 27, 2022

“Job satisfaction is great and good”

Mott MacDonaldMott MacDonald
Graduate Transport Planner
Jun 15, 2020

“They give you the tools to develop your career such as membership to professional institutions and outside training courses.”

AtkinsAtkins
Graduate Transport Planner
May 23, 2021

“Poor at career development and recognition”

Mott MacDonaldMott MacDonald
Senior Transport Planner
Jan 4, 2022

“Lots of development opportunities and good people to work with.”

JacobsJacobs
Graduate Transport Planner
Feb 17, 2021

“It is overall a great place to start your career”

Voyants SolutionsVoyants Solutions
Transportation Planner
Feb 19, 2020

“Got to work on good projects & it was a good experience working with Voyants”

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Transportation Planner Interviews

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