Senior Transit Planner

BC Transit - Victoria, BC (22 days ago)

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Full Time Regular
$6,327.00 – 7,598.00

We love that our head office is in Victoria and we bet you do too! We are happy you have decided to explore a career with BC Transit, this is a great city to work and live in. We are passionate about helping reduce congestion in the city and providing a public service to everyone in BC (except for Metro Vancouver). We have innovative new bus lanes being installed from Colwood to Downtown in both directions, real time GPS being installed in the full fleet across the province and we are beginning to explore mobile payment options among other things. It is an exciting time to be in the transit industry and we are looking for fun, creative, passionate people to join our amazing team. Not only would you work with an incredible team, you would also receive great benefits and a pension plan to boot. Keep reading to find out if this role makes you feel excited to come to work each day!

Reporting to the Manager of Planning, the Senior Transit Planner is accountable for providing senior planning expertise and leadership to medium/ higher scope planning projects that include transit operational plans, transit service plans, long range transit plans, service implementations, feasibility studies and defining capital project requirements and policy development in a multi-disciplinary team environment.


Leads planning projects, contributes advanced planning expertise to the development and implementation of plans and projects, identifies and recommends action on planning and project risks and opportunities
Coordinates and prepares Three (3) Year Service Plans and Service Performance Guidelines by:
Reviewing and ensuring successful implementation of appropriate service expansions or
modifications to service
Develops and manages relationships with stakeholders to understand needs, keep them informed and resolve issues. Liaises with and provides technical support and advice to municipal representatives, council, committees, special interest groups and the general public regarding a variety of planning, operational, accessibility and budget issues
Prepares professional quality reports, other written materials and presentations for dissemination to BC Transit management team, BC Transit Board of Directors, municipal councils and staff, external agencies and the general public

Overseas local area and regional service reviews by:
Coordinating development and implementation of local area service reviews to determine
service requirements based on projected population, employment and ridership patterns
Developing and maintaining automated databases on a variety of demand and service statistics
Administering development and monitoring of service resource data and documents
Reviewing and providing input in investigation, research and provision of responses to
stakeholder inquiries, complaints, suggestions, requests for new routes or increased service to ensure stakeholder concerns are properly addressed
Making recommendations to Manager, Planning on transit service requests or productivity improvements
Contributes as a senior member of the Transit Planning Team providing guidance to other planning professionals by sharing the benefit of an advanced level of expertise and providing leadership to designated projects. Oversees contractors and consultants, providing work direction and monitoring contract compliance
Represents BC Transit in the presentation of service plans by:
Serving as BC Transit’s representative on external committees working on development of plans
Representing BC Transit in area municipalities, planning and government committees, community groups and outside agencies
Liaising with municipal, regional and provincial planners and engineers, special interest
groups, employers, developers and the public at large with respect to new routes and services and changes to existing services
Coordinating with other service providers, including regional partners
Represents Planning when liaising with various departments in BC Transit by:
Planning day-to-day and short-term service at assigned depots
Coordinating planning input for major capital projects, transit facilities and long range and strategic planning strategies sponsored by BC Transit’s Transportation Planning, Engineering and Infrastructure departments
Creating and monitoring development of vehicle allocation plans for individual service
enhancements and system wide service needs for Service Delivery and Maintenance
Providing planning advice and making recommendations for medium to long range service initiatives and transit policy studies
Coordinating medium to long range recommendations with short-term service priorities
Determines future fleet and vehicle type requirements for the Procurement department.
Prepares drafts, reports, correspondence and other materials related to a variety of planning issues for the BC Transit Board of Directors, Executive Management Team, Senior Management, municipalities and outside agencies
Performs related duties in keeping with the purpose and accountabilities of the job

Requires a four year Bachelor’s degree in transportation or urban planning or equivalent including courses in accounting, GIS technology and databases
A Master degree planning, engineering or a related discipline would be an asset
An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered

Minimum 4 years’ experience providing an advanced level of expertise and leading projects in an agency specializing in planning or transportation
Additional university accreditation in planning related programs such as urban design, sustainable development or community engagement would be an asset
Organize and prioritize work
Understand and apply the principles of urban planning
Establish and maintain effective working relationships
Deal with the public in a courteous and tactful manner
Knowledge of the BC Community Charter, BC Local Government Act, and other provincial policies in respect of planning matters
Demonstrated broad and detailed knowledge of contemporary community and regional planning theories and practices
Ability to work on a number of concurrent tasks with deadline pressures;
Strong report writing and presentation skills
Undertake leadership role with special projects
Demonstrated computer skills in Microsoft Office products - Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel, along with working knowledge of GIS related programs

We are hiring for up to two (2) positions
This position requires the completion of a Criminal Record Check and/or Vulnerable Sector Search
An eligibility list may be established for future vacancies
Please note that wages are under review
Testing may be required
If you have a disability which requires an accommodation during any stage of our recruitment process, please let us know how we can assist you

Extended health and dental coverage (regular employees only receive dental, unless FTT exempt that is longer than one-year term)
Life insurance
Medical Services Plan (MSP) group coverage
Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP)
Vacation (based on the terms outlined in the appropriate collective agreement or exempt policy handbook)
Pension Plan
Employee fitness centre, at both the Victoria and Langford depots
A complimentary BC Transit bus pass, plus 2 taxable dependent passes
Career development and advancement opportunities
Social Club
Employee Recognition Program