City of Boston

Neighborhood Transportation Planner (Transportation Planner III)

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Traffic Division
Regular Full-Time
Btd Policy&Planning
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This is a temporary, grant-funded position, funded through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) expected to last through December 31, 2026, or when funds are depleted. The position may be extended based on operational needs if alternative funding is identified.


The Boston Transportation Department is seeking a Transportation Program Planner III to support the implementation of multimodal transportation projects with a focus on improving safety and increasing walking, cycling, and transit use.  This position will have a particular focus on improving walking and biking conditions in neighborhood small business districts.


Reporting to the Director of Policy and Planning or designee, the Transportation Planner is part of the Neighborhood Planning Team consisting of planners whose responsibilities include developing transportation policies, reviewing private development projects, and planning multimodal transportation improvements in collaboration with the local community.


The Transportation Planner position requires an understanding of the pressing need for action and the patience and persistence required to catalyze change in an environment where needs, resources, and opportunities vary enormously. Responsibilities include a combination of the following:

  • Manages citywide, district, and corridor visioning and action plans from planning to concept design.
  • Participates as a core member of the City of Boston's Complete Streets initiative to design corridor and public space projects.
  • Works with local businesses to improve comfort and accessibility for customers and employees walking and biking to their destinations.
  • Improvements may include measures like wider sidewalks, safer crossings, increased street trees and urban greenery, bicycle facilities and and bicycle parking, among others.
  • Helps develop shared-transportation concepts and collaborates with private service providers.
  • Proposes, designs and advocates for public transportation projects for the city.
  • Reviews large-scale development projects for transportation impacts, working directly with developers.
  • Develops innovative parking policies to reduce congestion and promote the use of other modes.
  • Collaborates with local universities, non-profits, professional groups, and transportation departments in other cities.
  • Performs related work as required.

Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

  • Four (4) years of transportation planning or engineering experience, of which at least two years must have been in a project management capacity. Project management experience should include contracting; Managing scope, schedule, and budget; and managing risks and changes.  
  • A bachelor’s degree in city planning or a related field is preferred and may be substituted for two (2) years of the required experience. A master’s degree in the above mentioned fields may be substituted for three (3) years of the required experience. The required project management experience may not be substituted.
  • Applicants with master's degrees, GIS mapping skills, and demonstrated ability to take projects from concept to implementation are strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of Boston Complete Streets Guidelines, NACTO’s Transit, Street, and Urban Bikeway Design guides, and working knowledge of MUTCD, and relevant AASHTO and FHWA  guidelines.
  • Demonstrated track record in designing, implementing, and evaluating pilot projects using measures such as lane markings, flex posts, and traffic signal timing changes.
  • Ability to use innovative design approaches to improve bus service.
  • Demonstrated record working in multi-disciplinary outcome-oriented teams.
  • Ability to collaborate with a diverse range of public agencies, private consultants and community groups.
  • Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.
  • Proven research, writing, oral, and graphic presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated experience with GIS mapping, graphic design, data analysis and maintenance and basic website development.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and focus on detail as required by the job.

The work schedule may be modified from time to time and will include evening, night time and weekend hours, to be determined at the discretion of the Department.


Boston Residency Required.

Union/SalaryPlan/Grade: SENA/ MM1-6
Hours per week: 35


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