What does a Transportation Planner do?

Prepare studies for proposed transportation projects. Gather, compile, and analyze data. Study the use and operation of transportation systems. Develop transportation models or simulations.

Jobs Roles

  • Prepare or review engineering studies or specifications.
  • Represent jurisdictions in the legislative or administrative approval of land development projects.
  • Prepare necessary documents to obtain project approvals or permits.
  • Direct urban traffic counting programs.
  • Develop or test new methods or models of transportation analysis.
  • Define or update information such as urban boundaries or classification of roadways.
  • Analyze transportation-related consequences of federal and state legislative proposals.
  • Analyze information from traffic counting programs.
  • Review development plans for transportation system effects, infrastructure requirements, or compliance with applicable transportation regulations.
  • Prepare reports or recommendations on transportation planning.
  • Produce environmental documents, such as environmental assessments or environmental impact statements.
  • Participate in public meetings or hearings to explain planning proposals, to gather feedback from those affected by projects, or to achieve consensus on project designs.
  • Document and evaluate transportation project needs and costs.
  • Develop design ideas for new or improved transport infrastructure, such as junction improvements, pedestrian projects, bus facilities, and car parking areas.
  • Develop computer models to address transportation planning issues.
  • Design transportation surveys to identify areas of public concern.
  • Analyze and interpret data from traffic modeling software, geographic information systems, or associated databases.
  • Collaborate with engineers to research, analyze, or resolve complex transportation design issues.
  • Recommend transportation system improvements or projects, based on economic, population, land-use, or traffic projections.
  • Define regional or local transportation planning problems or priorities.
  • Analyze information related to transportation, such as land use policies, environmental impact of projects, or long-range planning needs.
  • Collaborate with other professionals to develop sustainable transportation strategies at the local, regional, or national levels.
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