**PLEASE NOTE: This position may be located in New York, NY, Washington, DC, or Philadelphia, PA**
This position on Northeast Corridor Commission (NECC) staff will lead the creation of a Strategic Development Plan (SDP) for NEC rail service and infrastructure through a highly collaborative multi-agency process. The Commission was established by Congress in the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 to coordinate the agencies that share the region’s core rail network. While the Commission has been administratively hosted by Amtrak since 2011, it is an independent team of highly motivated transportation professionals.
The SDP will be an action plan for early-phase implementation of the vision for commuter and intercity service defined by the selected alternative in the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) NEC FUTURE Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The position will develop and execute a consensus-driven planning process for NECC stakeholders, requiring extensive participation by the eight commuter railroads that operate on the Northeast Corridor, Amtrak, state departments of transportation, and USDOT.
The SDP will lay out objectives for service and infrastructure and describe a realistic and detailed strategy for implementation. The SDP will focus on a 10-15 year infrastructure plan that is aimed at restoring the corridor to a state of good repair while completing a targeted set of investments in capacity expansion and modernization. The SDP will coordinate and integrate technical work by NECC stakeholder agencies including, but not limited to, travel demand/ridership forecasting, service planning, infrastructure planning, operations modeling, workforce planning, economic impact analysis, and funding/financial analysis.
This position will ensure the SDP aligns with ongoing NECC initiatives including the development of five-year Capital Investment Plans, One-Year Implementation Plans, quarterly and annual reports, and implementation of the NEC Commuter and Intercity Rail Cost Allocation Policy.
Ability to work in a highly collaborative team environment
Consensus-based stakeholder facilitation and coordination
Familiarity with and an ability to coordinate a variety of technical disciplines including, but not limited to, travel demand/ridership forecasting, service planning, infrastructure planning, operations modeling, workforce planning, economic impact analysis, and funding/financial analysis
Excellent quantitative and analytical skills
Ability to translate technical analyses into meaningful and appropriate information for different audiences and purposes (staff-level coordination, executive-level action, education for elected officials and the public, etc.)
Ability to multi-task effectively while remaining flexible in a fast-paced environment
Fluency in Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite applications
Ten to twenty years transportation, public policy, or public administration experience with an emphasis on passenger rail, public transportation, or general transportation planning and policy
Experience with the development of transportation planning documents, such Environmental Impact Statements, and/or Service Development Plans
About Northeast Corridor Commission
Congress authorized the Northeast Corridor Commission in the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 and charged it with developing a formula to allocate NEC capital and operating costs based on usage, making recommendations to Congress, and facilitating collaborative planning. The Commission is made up of 18 members, including representatives from each of the eight Northeast Corridor states, the District of Columbia, Amtrak, and the U.S. Department of Transportation.