Planning Manager

Chatham Area Transit
Savannah, GA

Description of Job / Position
The Planning Manager advances the mission and goals of CAT through the development of thoughtful and technically sound plans and projects. Provide staff support in the development, analysis, implementation, and community engagement of the Authority’s transit planning programs and grants. The Planning Manager leads the planning department functions within CAT and coordinates with other department heads. The planning department is responsible for scheduling, capital programs, and intergovernmental coordination. The planning department prepares short range and long range plans for the authority, prepares grant applications, and performs other analysis duties as assigned.


  • Develops departmental work program in concert with Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) and Transit Development Plan.
  • Oversees service-planning activities for multiple modes of transportation.
  • Develops, maintains and updates program databases, including database reports, scenarios, and cost benefit analyses.
  • Maintains effective communications with external stakeholders, the CAT Board and internal departments. Effectively communicates CAT services and initiatives in public forums.
  • Stays abreast of legal, regulatory and policy development affecting areas of responsibility.
  • Treats passengers and employees with respect and dignity and ensures the needs of passengers and employees with disabilities are accommodated and/or addressed (within their area of responsibility) in accordance with the ADA and FTA regulations so that they can fully benefit from CAT as a service-provider and an employer
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the CSO.

Transit Service Planning

  • Develops service planning policies and standards, and continually monitors and improves service based on these standards.
  • Prepares corridor-specific transit service plans including ridership estimation, and capital/operating costs.
  • As assigned, serves as CAT’s representative to coordinate on joint agency planning projects. Reviews plans, reports, and studies from other studies.
  • Plan Development, Review, and Research
  • Takes a lead role in the planning and design of CAT services, including longer-term transit plans within Chatham County 
  • Researches, assembles, analyzes and presents data.
  • Initiates and directs system planning studies to improve transit services. Develops service strategies involving new types of service, operating approaches, and technologies
  • Uses available technology such as Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) to monitor schedule adherence, ridership, and other metrics.
  • Performs analysis of service changes to determine community impacts in accordance with Title VI.
  • Utilizes Reports from APCs, GFI and Trapeze to develop planning strategies and reporting current data and trends.

Capital Projects

  • Pursues funding opportunities and maintains associated stakeholder relationships. Drafts related contracts in collaboration with Procurement Manager
  • Prepares grant proposals and applications. Responsible for grant application process from initial application submission to execution in FTA or other related software systems
  • Evaluates project costs and benefits, and submits project justification and supporting data for management review.
  • Coordinates with CAT finance department and legal counsel regarding proposed and ongoing capital projects.
  • Participates as member of the Transit Asset Management Committee
  • Agency Coordination and Public Engagement
  • Responsible for submitting to the MPO information required for the Transit section of the Transportation Improvement Plan adopted each year by the MPO, amended when necessary and incorporated into the State of Georgia Transportation Improvement Plan.
  • Responsible for data collection and entries to the National Transit Database.
  • Reviews ridership, on-time performance, productivity and other service measurement reports as prepared by department staff.
  • Interacts with agency staff to complete route, service and schedule analysis.
  • Represents CAT at various county, district, state, federal, and public meetings including MPO Technical Coordination Committee (TCC).
  • Interacts with, and makes presentations to, community organizations, non-profits, and private businesses to support CAT Public Outreach Programs.
  • Responsible for coordination of all aspects of route and service planning to include service changes.
  • Briefs members of the public and representatives from the community on pending service changes.

Job Requirements
Thorough knowledge of the principles, standards, and practices of transportation planning and modeling, and comprehensive knowledge of transit service along with statistical research methods, policy development, and strong research methods and techniques.

  • Excellent analytical, budgeting, verbal and written communication skills for preparing reports and making presentations to decision makers and the ability to deal tactfully and effectively with employees, the general public, governmental officials, professional and technical persons as well as make presentations at public meetings. Submission of writing samples will be required.
  • Sound judgment and highly developed management, organizational and interpersonal skills as well as problem-solving skills related to analytical and quantitative methods.
  • Thorough understanding of the relationship between land use and transportation. 
  • Understanding of how active transportation interacts with transit.
  • Skill and experience in complex analytical and/or modeling procedures, and cost-benefit analyses.
  • Ability to manage complex, multi-disciplinary projects and to carry out special studies completed in a timely fashion.
  • Knowledge of applicable Federal, State and Local laws, rules and regulations related to transit including National Transit Database (NTD), Americans with Disabilities Act of 1992, and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Experience working with municipal and regional transportation issues including coordinated planning through a Metropolitan Planning Organization.
  • Knowledge of fiscal and human resources policies and legislation/regulations regarding safety, employment, etc.
  • Knowledge of FTA grant programs such as 5307, 5303, etc. as well as experience in working with the FTA grant portal TRAMS.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Bachelor’s Degree required, preferably in Urban Planning, Public Administration, Engineering, Geography, or similar. Master’s Degree preferred.

Requires at least 4 years professional experience in transit planning or community planning, public administration, or related duties. Preferred experience with one or more of the following: Transit/Transportation industry (agency or consultant), Geographic Information Systems, AICP, PE or PMP. Requires at least 1 year experience of employee supervision.

Ability to read and comprehend instructions and write full reports and correspondence both for the public and for a technical audience. The ability to effectively present information one-on-one and in small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization is necessary. English required, additional language capacities are an advantage.

Able to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed written or oral instructions, Ability to deal with problems involving several variables in standardized situations. Strong analytical skills are required.

Strong computer skills are required including experience with spreadsheets, word processing, presentation, internet, e-mail, and database software. Experience working with specialized transportation, and/or geographic information system (GIS) software is an advantage.

AICP, PE or PMP or equivalent designations would be preferred.
Researches, assembles, analyzes and presents data. Initiates and directs system planning studies to improve transit services. Develops service strategies involving new types of service, operating approaches, and technologies

Directly supervises Transit Planner and Service Planner/Scheduler including hiring/termination, planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Drug – free workplace

Salary & Benefits
$60,000 -$70,000 Full Benefits Medical Dental, Vision, FSA 401 & 457 Investment

How to Apply
Interested candidates must e-mail resume and state the title of the position applying for in the subject line of the email.