Transit Planning Director

Develop safe and organized mass transportation systems.
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Salary Range
$47,000 – $133,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Transit Planning Directors do?

In a giant game of “connect the dots” that saves the environment while improving the lives of others, Transit Planning Directors move the masses from point A to point B. Mass transportation covers subways, trains, and buses that carry commuters to jobs and whisk sightseers around the city. Working as a Transit Planning Director lets you build an effective transportation system that causes less pollution, lowers traffic accidents, and helps workers travel to their jobs without needing a car.

As the Transit Planning Director, you sympathize with those caught in the catastrophe that is rush hour traffic. To provide adequate public transportation, you first take on the role of an Analyst.

To solve problems, you have to identify them and predict how they’ll change in the coming years. That new factory opening next month will double road congestion, and your subway cars will need major overhauls in the next year. Mapping out the possible changes leads to an action plan.

Once you know what you’re up against, it’s time to start thinking like an Engineer. Where and how will you build additional transportation? What needs to change in the current system? Even your inner Accountant chimes in with ever-present reminders about your budget.

Most of your day is focused on paperwork and communications. Some days involve brainstorming subway designs and others find you in the conference room. Every step you take brings your city closer to better transportation, happier citizens, and a cleaner environment.

Should I be a Transit Planning Director?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

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