Transportation Planner II (San Francisco, CA, US)

Appointment type

Temporary Exempt, Full Time not to exceed two (2) years – This position is excluded by the Charter from the competitive Civil Service examination process and shall serve at the discretion of the Appointing Officer.

Position description

The Transit Planning team has 16 staff members and is a dynamic, deadline driven and innovative team working on a range of projects including planning and implementation of Transit Priority Capital Projects, Muni service increases, transit safety and reliability and ridership collection and analysis. In addition, the Team leads the overall Muni Forward program, which proposed changes will modernize Muni and make it more efficient, reliable, safe and comfortable for its more than 700,000 daily customers. Developed over several years of data collection, intensive planning and public outreach efforts, Muni Forward will restructure transit service on certain lines to improve efficiency and connectivity and implement transit priority changes on the most heavily used lines to give buses and trains more priority on our City streets.

The Transportation Planner II, will play a key role in Muni Forward implementation by supporting the public outreach process, distilling technical information to communicate project benefits to stakeholders, conducting technical analyses that helps refine proposals and build broad community support, coordinates environmental review with the San Francisco Planning Department.

Examples of important and essential duties

  • Prepares materials for public and stakeholder meetings and assists in presentations to various community and policy making groups.
  • Prepares correspondence in response to public or other agency inquiries.
  • Develops and prepares signage, operator bulletins, work orders and customer information.
  • Collects, compiles and reviews data concerning transportation activities, such as passenger surveys on Muni buses and trains to develop recommendations or interpret results obtained from project implementation.
  • Designs, prepares, and/or directs the preparation of visual materials including graphs, charts, maps and models to illustrate presentations of transportation projects.
  • Coordinates the environmental review process (both State and Federal) for Muni Forward projects.
  • Applies computer-assisted analytical techniques to evaluate transit data and information such as on-time performance, ridership, schedules, and maintenance performance information.
  • Analyzes and presents geospatial data to support transit initiatives.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  1.  Possession of a Master's Degree from an accredited college or university in Planning, Transportation, Transportation Engineering, Public Administration or other closely related field; OR
  2. Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university preferably in transportation, mass transit planning or other closely related field; AND two (2) years of transit planning and/or transportation planning experience.


Additional transit planning and/or transportation planning experience beyond the Minimum Qualifications may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for year basis.
Additional post-graduate education as described in item 1 of the Minimum Qualifications may be substituted for required experience on a year-for-year basis
(30 semester units/45 quarter units equal one (1) year of experience).

Desirable Qualifications

  • Ability to speak and write clearly and concisely in order to effectively express ideas and communicate information to a variety of individuals and groups.
  • Experience and understanding of CEQA & NEPA requirements and the process necessary to complete the State and Federal environmental review of projects.
  • Ability to work in a time-sensitive environment and respond quickly and effectively to unanticipated circumstances, with experience prioritizing and organizing multiple assignments and projects.
  • A strong interest in enhancing urban multimodal transportation networks and a strong sense of advocacy for transit, including familiarity with the Muni transit network and with San Francisco’s multimodal transportation network.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, work independently, collaboratively, professionally, and be a team player.
  • Adobe Illustrator experience and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) experience.
  • Knowledge and experience using Microsoft Office Suite, and SPSS Statistics.
  • Spanish and/or Chinese language preferred.
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Yvonne Lee
San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
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