Transit Operations Planner

City of Rochester

Rochester, MN United States

The City of Rochester invites applications for the position of:


Transit Operations Planner

Public Works Department 

Vision - "Reliable and sustainable public infrastructure to support a vibrant community"

The City of Rochester is committed to a community where all members feel a sense of belonging. We commit to recognizing the diversity of our community members, listening to ALL voices and providing equitable services to create an inclusive place to live, play and work.

We believe EQUITY should be at the center of all our work. We strive to represent our community in our teammates, as we know that diverse and inclusive teams are more innovative, and have an empowering impact on the work, progress and culture of our community.

It takes us all working together

Nature of Work
Under general direction, the Transit Operations Planner oversees the daily operations of the public transit system for the City of Rochester. This role interacts with contracted transit service partners, coordinating the operations of transportation services for fixed route and paratransit services.  Typical duties may include, but are not limited to: coordinating service routes and scheduling; long range service planning; responding to customer inquiries; developing and evaluating RFPs and monitoring compliance with federal and state transit laws; The position will participate in the implementation and assessment of operational goals, implementation of procedures, and will provide oversight in the implementation of various work plans needed to support the budget.

Starting salary range is $75,358 to $88,656 depending on qualifications, with advancement to $110,822.

Applications will be accepted until the vacancy is filled, with priority consideration provided to applications submitted by July 10, 2022.



*Oversee daily transit operations and long range service planning

  • Coordinate transit services with operational contractor.
  • Coordinate service routes and schedules; identify necessary changes to routes and schedules due to street closures, construction and emergencies; design detours to ensure limited disruption in services.
  • Provide timely responses to customer inquiries and complaints. Identify solutions and coordinate with operational contractor to address customer issues.
  • Maintain current route and stop information in electronic applications.
  • Develop, evaluate and ensure application of service standards; actively review standards and identify best practices to address user needs.
  • Research, analyze and recommend technology, system and service improvements.
  • Monitor and analyze routes and operator schedules; provide recommendations to promote efficient, on time, and reliable transit services.
  • Implement and communicate safety rules, policies, and procedures.
  • Monitor operational expenditures; assist in the development of divisional budget and preparation of cost estimates, budgets and grant applications related to service changes

*Implement projects related to the City of Rochester's Transit Development Plan

  • Implement Transit Capital Improvement Projects, including developing workplans, schedules, cost estimates, and specifications.
  • Evaluate project risk, vendor proposals and solutions for recommendation to stakeholders.
  • Provide timely progress reports of resource availability, budget and project status.
  • Manage daily operational aspects of assigned projects, including both internal and external resources.
  • Manage scope and any change orders required throughout the project
  • Assist in Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Triennial reviews and audits.

* Plan, develop and implement the procurement process for goods and services related to public transit for the City of Rochester

  • Develop, recommend and implement procurement procedures, strategies, and methods.
  • Develop specifications and evaluate requests for proposal for operational services and equipment
  • Monitor and ensure compliance with contract terms and conditions.
  • Confer with management to evaluate contractor and vendor performance and prepare contract amendments, revisions, terminations, and close outs

  • Provide work direction to consultants, contractors, and technology developers on various planning and special projects

*Ensure compliance with federal and state laws, program and plan requirements

  • Monitor and develop quality and safety plans to ensure compliance with the FTA requirements.
  • Develop and maintain Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan (PTASP) or as required by FTA
  • Assist in the analysis of transit service and fare equity, as required under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act.
  • Assist in the preparation of reports and monitor compliance of the department's Title VI and Limited English Proficiency (LEP) plans and policies.

Perform other duties and complete special projects as assigned or necessary.
*Essential Functions



Education and Experience
A Bachelor's Degree in urban planning and/or transportation planning, public administration, business administration or related field AND three (3) years of progressively responsible work experience in transportation.
Licenses and Certifications
Valid driver's license.
Desirable Qualifications
Bilingual in English and one of the following languages (conversational): Spanish, Somali, Arabic, Hmong, or Vietnamese.

Experience in overseeing and directing the work of transit personnel.

Experience Level
Mid I (1-4 years)
AICP Level
Transportation Planning
Salary Range
$75,358 - $110,822