San Diego – California
Recognizing that new freeways are only part of a congestion management program, the 2050 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) envisions a more robust public transit system for the San Diego Region. Additional light rail lines, along with new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) services Rapid and Rapid Express, will provide higher speed connectivity throughout the urbanized areas, including improved access to major employment centers. The existing bus and trolley system also will benefit from increased frequencies to every ten minutes throughout the day and better use of transit priority measures to improve operating speeds and trip reliability. Complimenting these services will be an increased focus on transportation for seniors and persons with disabilities through coordination with social service providers. Finally, the 2050 RTP recognizes the importance of the “customer experience” – enhanced vehicles and stations, ease of access through Smart Cards and real-time vehicle arrival information, and improved pedestrian/bicycle connections – that will make transit a more attractive alternative to the automobile.

The SANDAG Transit Planning team provides leadership for transit related activities, from developing the Coordinated Plan that outlines plans and programs for the next five years based on the RTP, developing and evaluating operating plans for new services funded by TransNet, coordinating social service transportation, administering and monitoring transit grant and funding programs, ensuring project level civil rights compliancy, and conducting corridor and station planning studies as part of the project development process for new rail and bus capital projects. Planners work closely with the region’s transit operators, Caltrans, local jurisdictions, and community groups to implement these plans and programs.

As a member of the eleven-person Transit Planning team, the Transit Planner will coordinate and participate in projects and programs that further the development of public transit and social service agency transportation in the San Diego region. Responsibilities include coordinating short-range planning activities for fixed rail/bus and social services, administering local and federal grant programs, providing technical guidance related to fare and service policies, providing project management support for rail and bus planning studies, and providing professional staff assistance to higher level management.

Qualifications include a bachelor’s degree with major course work in urban, regional, or transportation planning, geography, public/business administration, or a related field, and one to three years of recent career development in the field of regional planning, preferably with an emphasis in regional transit planning or transit operations planning. An advanced degree is highly desirable.

SANDAG rewards the efforts of its employees with a comprehensive compensation package. Competitive salaries are supplemented with a flexible offering of health, financial security, and time-off benefits to meet the work and life needs of employees and their families.

How to Apply

A complete job announcement can be seen under the Job Openings tab on the SANDAG website at We encourage all interested candidates to apply for this position by completing a SANDAG employment application form. Resumes, cover letters, and work samples may be submitted in addition to the employment application but are not a substitute for this document.

The employment application can be downloaded in PDF format from the SANDAG website at Alternatively, a copy can be requested by calling (619) 699-1900 or emailing

Application Supplement

To help us further evaluate the skills and experience of individuals interested in this position, applicants are asked to respond to the two Supplemental Questions below. The information can be up to 500 words and should be submitted with the Employment Application. This is considered a required component of the application; applications received without a response will be screened out of the selection process.

Supplemental Questions
1. The San Diego region’s freeway network is becoming increasingly congested while some transit services are underutilized. Discuss the primary issues that planners in the San Diego region should consider as they develop strategies to encourage greater use of public transportation.

2. Describe a transit-related project you have been involved in. What was your role in this project and what would you consider your biggest contribution to the project?

SANDAG is an Equal Opportunity Employer and offers competitive salaries and benefits.

Applications for the Transit Planner position will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, November 7, 2014.