Route Cutter/Planner

Fleet and Capacity Planner, Planning Associate, Transportation Planner  

Route cutters develop the route schedules for buses and trains based on an intimate understanding of traffic and ridership patterns. They may be required to physically follow routes or use GIS tools to develop the precisely timed schedules that vehicle operators must follow. They must account for man-made physical as well as geographical barriers, peak traffic flows, and community needs. These workers may be responsible for gathering and analyzing data and presenting findings to internal and external audiences.

Transportation planners help develop the strategic plans for new public transportation routes and projects. They use software and expertise to plan transportation systems that meet community needs. This includes drafting plans for the use of land and physical facilities that maximize transportation objectives. Common responsibilities include data collection, analysis, and presentation of findings to both internal and external audiences. These workers must take into account not only physical structures, land, and budgeting constraints, but also community and stakeholder involvement and social goals.

These workers should have a strong understanding of policies and procedures related to public transportation route planning, have a strong understanding of traffic patterns, and be detail-oriented. Both hard analytical skills and creative problem solving skills are necessary, as are good oral and written communication skills.

Employers generally require a bachelor's degree in urban or transportation planning, and a master's degree for advancement. This position may require previous experience or education in the areas of transportation and land use planning. Most employers require three to five years of experience. Employers generally require a driver's license. Click on the "get qualified" tab above to see available educational programs in your area.

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Job Growth and Wages
Percent Job Growth:  
-2% - Decline slowly or moderately
Typical Wages (National):  
Annual: $59,340 - $99,130    Hourly: $29 - $48

Note:  There may be opportunities for overtime work and overtime pay in this occupation.

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Typical Education:

Bachelor's Degree (High School + 4 or more Years)
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Percent Job Growth:

-2% - Decline slowly or moderately
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Typical Wages:

Annual: $59,340 - $99,130

Hourly: $29 - $48