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
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
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
About Central Transportation Planning Staff
The Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is responsible for conducting the federally required metropolitan transportation planning process for the Boston metropolitan area. This planning process is often called the 3C process because it is continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive. The MPO uses this process to develop a vision for transportation in the region and to decide how to allocate federal and state transportation funds to transportation programs and projects that improve roadway, transit, bicycle, and pedestrian infrastructure. The vision established by the MPO is integral to each of the certification documents that the MPO is required to produce: the Long-Range Transportation Plan, Transportation Improvement Program, and Unified Planning Work Program.
The Boston Region MPO encompasses 97 cities and towns (pdf map) (html list), covering approximately 1,360 square miles and stretching from Boston to Ipswich in the north, Marshfield in the south, and to approximately Interstate 495 in the west. The region is home to nearly three million people and supports about two million jobs. The communities in the region range from relatively rural towns, such as Do...ver, to large urban centers, such as Boston and Cambridge. Therefore, transportation planning must take into account the demographic, cultural, and environmental diversity of the region, and consider the various means by which residents and visitors travel in the region.
reduced size graphic of MPO organizational chartCooperatively selecting transportation programs and projects for funding is a role of the MPO’s 22 voting members. The membership, which is documented in the MPO’s Memorandum of Understanding (pdf) (html), includes state agencies, regional entities, and municipalities. Each fall, four municipal seats on the MPO’s board are up for election. The chief elected officials of the municipalities in the region vote to elect these members. You can learn more about this process on the election page. The organizational chart illustrates the MPO’s structure.
The work of the MPO is performed by the Central Transportation Planning Staff under the direction of the MPO board. Throughout its work, the MPO promotes a strong public involvement program, collaborating with interested parties on an ongoing basis.
In all of its programs and activities, the MPO complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and other federal and state non-discrimination statutes and regulations. Learn about the MPO’s nondiscrimination policy and how to submit a complaint here.
The activities of the MPO are periodically reviewed by the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration. The latest Certification Review Report (pdf) was issued in April 2019.