Transit Systems 2022-04-29 2022-07-08

Planner, Bus Priority

Greater Vancouver, British Columbia

Job ID: 142799
Job Status: Full-time

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Provides transportation planning expertise and leadership to projects of smaller/medium scope in support of a designated program related to transportation policy, forecasting, infrastructure/service development in an integrated multi-modal environment.


  • Contributes transportation planning expertise and leadership to the development of program strategies, plans and tactics and to designated projects.

  • Develops transportation planning methods, techniques and models in support of designated program and project deliverables, ensuring compliance with department standards, policies and procedures.

  • Contributes as a member of a program team, providing transportation planning expertise and identifying planning and project risks and opportunities based on analysis of transport data, trends, and issues. Alerts Senior Transportation Planner and Manager to critical issues.

  • Collaborates with leaders and professionals across the organization, with a view to optimizing planning services and project outcomes.

  • Researches and analyzes transportation data, trends and issues. Develops technical reports and delivers presentations for both internal and external stakeholders.

  • Develops and manages relationships with stakeholders to understand needs, maintain communication and resolve moderate issues within defined limits. Provides technical support and advice to municipal/provincial working teams and advisory committees.

  • Provides work direction to contractors and consultants and monitors contract compliance.

  • Provides technical guidance to junior planning staff where applicable


The competencies for this position are typically acquired through a Masters degree in Planning, Engineering or a related discipline, plus 3 years’ experience providing expertise and leading projects in an agency specializing in planning or transportation.

  • Sound knowledge of the principles, theories, concepts and practices of transportation planning

  • Basic knowledge of plans, products, roles and responsibilities of government agencies, NGOs and associations

  • Sound knowledge of Translink’s decision-making context including its strategic context and organizational and governance structure

  • Solid leadership skills with the ability to provide technical guidance and expertise to other transportation planning professionals and to lead projects

  • Solid analytical skills including the ability to identify and communicate transportation planning and project-related risks and opportunities in an integrated, multi-disciplinary environment; includes skills to analyze transport data, trends and issues

  • Solid communication skills including the ability to write and deliver well-prepared reports and presentations

  • Solid interpersonal skills including the ability to build trust by consulting with others and applying a team approach as needed to achieve solutions. Includes negotiation skills as they pertain to making refinements to contracts and to conflict resolution at a basic level of risk and complexity.

  • Solid decision-making skills including the ability to resolve transportation planning and project-related issues within defined limits, and to identify and know when to refer issues to others.

Other Information
TransLink is looking for skilled, motivated transportation planners or engineers to join TransLink’s Bus Priority Programs team as a Planner.

The Bus Priority Programs team is responsible for planning, conceptual design, and funding of bus priority measures ranging in scale from individual hotspot treatments to full corridors. We are a team of planners, engineers, data scientists, project coordinators, and public affairs staff.

The Planner will develop small-to-medium scale plans and projects for the Bus Speed and Reliability (BSR) Program. The BSR team program focuses on strategic placement of bus bulbs, queue jumps, signal improvements, and bus lanes to help buses get through the most congested streets. The work involves data analysis, conceptual design, and stakeholder engagement.

Experience with bus priority measures, street design, and collaboration with multi-disciplinary teams, consultants, and municipal partners are assets for the Planner position.

Recruitment Process: An applicant will be required to demonstrate their suitability for this position by meeting the minimum level of qualifications and experience in order to be invited into the selection process. A standard interview format will be used including general, scenario and behavioural descriptive interview questions.

COVID-19 Safety Vaccination Policy
To support public health, and protect the health and safety of our employees, customers, and their families, TransLink employees will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and will need to provide proof of full vaccination status in compliance with the employer’s COVID-19 Safety Vaccination Policy.

Accommodations may be applicable under the BC Human Rights Code. Should an applicant be unable to provide proof of full vaccination and should an accommodation be requested, additional information will be required to determine whether the individual is entitled to be accommodated.

Work Schedule
37.5 hours per week.

This position is full-time temporary for 36 months.

Work Designation

This position offers the flexibility of working both on-site and remotely within B.C.

Rate of Pay
Salary starting from $71,327 per annum

The Total Compensation Package includes Extended Health, Transit Pass and enrollment in the Public Service Pension Plan upon eligibility. Focus on your development through training, and mentorship programs. Enjoy a variety of health and wellness programs, including access to gym facilities. Speak to us to know more about what we offer.

How to Apply
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INSTRUCTIONS: Please save your (1) cover letter, and your (2) resume as one pdf document prior to uploading your application on-line.

Posting Date: April 14, 2022

Closing Date: Until it is filled

Please note that only those short listed will be contacted.

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Equal Employment Opportunity
We are an equal opportunity employer committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive workforce that is free of all forms of discrimination. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations and will work with you to meet your needs. If you are a person with a disability and require assistance during the application process, please reach out! We celebrate our inclusive work environment and welcome members of all backgrounds, skills and perspectives.

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