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March 30th, 2012 Comments off

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) seeks energetic individuals to join its Department of Planning and Joint Development to advance the Authority’s vision of improved and expanded public transit services.

The Senior Planner position manages and conducts transit systems planning analyses, transit facility and corridor improvement projects, and other transportation planning studies.   In addition, the Senior Planner participates in regional planning activities that include coordination with federal, state, regional, and local agency representatives and other stakeholders. This is a highly responsible professional position involving technical planning, project management and advocacy work of a complex nature.

Candidates for the Senior Planner (ref.# 120350) should have experience with and knowledge of regional and corridor planning, transit project development, systems planning studies, quantitative analysis, and project management.  For more details or to submit an application online, visit

Closing date is April 12, 2012.

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TAG Meeting #8: Regional Transit System Plan Phase I Review

March 12th, 2012 2 comments

Metro is developing the Regional Transit System Plan (RTSP), a vision of a sustainable, integrated, multimodal, regional transit network for 2040.  Metro staff have recently completed the first phase, and presented a summary to the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) in January.  Phase II is underway, and the proposed approach and initial scenarios to evaluate were also presented to the TAG.

During the initial phase, Metro staff assessed future growth trends and travel-demand patterns throughout the region for the forecast year 2040.  Regional growth, reported by MWCOG Cooperative Forecasts Round 7.2a, shows significant population, household, and employment growth over the next several decades.  This growth has a direct impact on travel patterns around the region.  As a part of Phase I work, Metro staff identified the implications this has for transit.

Forecasts show that with the implementation of the projects included in the 2009 financially constrained long-range plan (CLRP) regional transit trips will grow by 30% by 2040.  Although the regional program of projects in the CLRP results in a transit mode share remaining at only 4% of total person trips, the region will see more than 350,000 new weekday transit trips.  Given the anticipated growth and dispersion of travel, the RTSP focuses on the following long-range issues:

  • Increasing the capacity of the system to serve the region’s employment core;
  • Improving multimodal access to high quality transit;
  • Improving the efficiency and interoperability of the region’s surface transit;
  • Improving connections to Regional Activity Centers;

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