The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission

on Friday, March 6, 2015 |


OPENING DATE: March 2015
SALARY RANGE:Low to High $40,000's (position level & salary commensurate with education & experience)
LOCATION: Offices of Modeling & Analysis, Transit, Bicycle, and Pedestrian Planning, and Corridor Planning
CLOSING DATE: When position is filled

Job Description

The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) seeks a transportation engineer or planner with interest and experience in the fields of travel forecasting, transportation operational analysis, corridor planning, public transit planning, and bicycle and pedestrian planning. This position will provide thoughtful analytical support for planning and forecasting projects undertaken by project teams across the Transportation Section (chiefly the Modeling & Analysis, Transit/Bike/Ped, and Corridor Planning groups).

The employee will develop, maintain, and apply travel demand and microsimulation models to address the impacts of transportation investment and policy proposals on land use, highway traffic, transit ridership, and air quality. Assignments may also include conducting and analyzing highway, transit, bicycle, and pedestrian travel surveys; preparing travel model input data such as land use data, transportation network characteristics, and demographic and employment data; estimating future transportation system demand for long range plans and design of individual highway and transit facilities; and calculating operational statistics such as travel time, delay, and level-of-service.

The successful candidate will be enthusiastic about all manner of transportation analysis, adaptable enough to support a wide range of project types, and able to both conduct deep analysis, including microsimulation, and clearly tell the story of their findings in writing, graphics, and maps. He/she will also have a project portfolio that demonstrates the ability to bring together complex tasks into a cohesive project deliverable. Work is performed under the close technical direction of senior transportation engineers and planners.


  • Assist in the development, estimation, calibration, validation, application, and documentation of travel forecasting, and highway and transit microsimulation models and methods.
  • Assist in designing, conducting, processing, and analyzing various types of travel surveys used in transportation planning.
  • Prepare input data for macro and microscopic simulation models including coding of transportation networks. Tabulate travel simulation model outputs using GIS, database, spreadsheet, and other tools. Compare model results with current and historical data.
  • Develop and apply customized transportation planning and travel forecasting models using Python, C#, or other programming languages.
  • Assist in the conduct of individual highway, public transit, and/or bike/ped studies, including detailed specification of the problem, application of computer models, analysis and review, and reporting of results, and the development of recommendations for project implementation.
  • Collect transportation systems data, including speeds; auto, truck, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic volumes and travel times; and transit ridership. This may include field work.
  • Prepare traffic flow and travel desire diagrams and maps; including traffic volume counts, estimates, and forecasts.
  • Calculate travel time, delay, level-of-service, volume/capacity ratio, and other operational measures of effectiveness for highway, transit, and non-motorized modes.
  • Assist in the preparation of findings and recommendations of various studies, including text, tables, maps, charts, photos and other appropriate graphics, and presents results to technical committees and the public.
  • Perform related technical work, as required.


  • Solid analytical, quantitative, and problem-solving skills.
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices and objectives of transportation planning and transportation engineering, and ability to relate this knowledge to the development and analysis of a regional transportation system and its components.
  • Knowledge of applicable computer applications, graphics programs, database design, programming, word processing, statistical analysis, and spreadsheet software.
  • Experience with travel modeling software, such as VISUM, Daysim, Dynus-T, TransCAD, CUBE, or EMME.
  • Experience with traffic operations software such as VISSIM, Synchro, or Highway Capacity Software.
  • Knowledge of Python, C#, or other object-oriented programming language and some knowledge of Microsoft Office macros and SQL.
  • Familiarity with field surveys, data analysis, and system evaluation.
  • Experience with geographic information systems (GIS) and their applications.
  • Ability to effectively present results of research and technical analyses in oral, written and graphic form.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, planning officials, and the general public.

Minimum Experience and Training

ONE TO THREE YEARS of professional experience in transportation planning or engineering; and such training as may have been gained through graduation from a four-year degree program from an accredited college or university, with major course work in Transportation Planning, Civil Engineering, or a related discipline, or an equivalent combination of experience and education. A Master's degree or a full year of intern or co-operative education experience can be substituted for one year of experience.

To Apply

Forward a cover letter and resume to:

DVRPC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Full consideration will be given to all eligible, qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, lawful political affiliation, disability or marital status. Minority, female, and disabled applicants are encouraged to apply.
Employment is contingent upon ability to comply with Immigration and Naturalization Service regulations which states when offered employment "identity and right to work in the United States" must be produced.