Travel Demand Forecasting Specialist

As established leaders in the field, travel behavior forecasting is one of our most important and highly valued services across multiple project areas. We take a creative and intuitive approach to our forecasting work, focusing on applying a wide range of tools and models to answer pressing planning questions for our clients.

Our travel demand forecasting specialists make significant contributions to our success in transforming transportation consulting. These positions offer the opportunity to partner with metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), municipalities, transit planning agencies (including BART, UTA, WMATA, and Sound Transit), and major technology and civil engineering firms to help shape transportation futures. Forecasters at Fehr & Peers work on projects with large impacts, including the Caltrain Business Plan (visioning for the entire 70-mile Caltrain corridor), where our forecasts included the use of a four-step model paired with a direct ridership model that produced corridor, station-to-station, and station ridership forecasts, as well as a mode of station access forecasts. We’ve also worked with SCAG and OCTA to provide tools and innovative modeling techniques influencing and streamlining forecasting and transportation planning.

Beyond these professional and project aspects, we also offer a collaborative, inclusive, and flexible work environment with excellent benefits and professional development opportunities.

The right candidates for these positions have strengths in:

 

Developing and applying travel demand models to analyze and solve challenging transportation problems.

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Solving problems and developing creative approaches in a collaborative environment with the ability to think critically, adjust to unique situations, and provide customized solutions and approaches using a wide range of travel behavior tools and models.

Evolving conventional practices to consistently provide our clients with the best forecasting advice.

Responsibilities:

  • Analyze and solve complex transportation planning or engineering problems dealing with all travel modes
  • Apply one or more modeling and statistical analysis software programs, such as CUBE, Emme, TransCAD, or Visum, to generate forecasts from a wide variety of models
  • Use a variety of other software programs to help visualize forecasts for elected officials, managers, and other decision-makers
  • Manage projects overseeing staff, deliverables, budget, and schedule
  • Develop high-quality internal and client relationships
  • Mentor and develop forecasting staff through projects and trainings
  • Apply knowledge of the theory, principles, and practices of transportation planning, travel demand forecasting, travel behavior analysis, and data analysis
  • Think both critically and intuitively through the progression of projects to clearly understand the results and identify insights as to how they are important to the big picture in each unique project
  • Participate in travel forecasting research through our Forecasting and Operations discipline group
  • Prepare papers and presentations for technical conferences

Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of work experience in travel demand modeling and travel behavior forecasting (CUBE or TransCAD strongly preferred)  
  • Master’s or bachelor’s degree in transportation, civil engineering, or related major
  • Experience with travel demand modeling software, including Cube, TransCAD, VISUM, Emme, etc.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, with strong writing, verbal, non-verbal, and presentation skills
  • Experience with the development and application of four-step travel demand models, tour-based models, and activity-based models including knowledge of basic statistical concepts and data analysis techniques
  • Comfort with working beyond the model: understanding limitations, applying the big picture, and generating innovative ideas
  • Ability to translate the results of complex analysis to clients in appealing and intuitive ways
  • Computer and database programming and scripting skills (Python, C++, R, VBA, Access, or similar) and proficiency with GIS
  • Professional license or certification preferred (e.g., PE, AICP, PTP)

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Bay Area California

Our Bay Area team is seeking an experienced Travel Behavior Forecaster to serve in any one of our Bay Area offices (Oakland, San Francisco, Walnut Creek, or San Jose) and be a part of the Fehr & Peers culture focused on innovation and the use of technology and data to improve communities and advance the state of the practice. Our forecasters work on influential and important projects throughout the region, including the Caltrain Business Plan, BART MetroVision, the Southern Alameda County Rail Strategy, and campus development and planning for Apple, Google, Facebook, Stanford, and UC Berkeley. We provide forecasts, models, and analysis customized to the multifaceted needs of these major clients and projects. The ideal candidate will be a strong collaborator, a critical thinker, and have the ability to understand and describe complex analysis in intuitive ways to clients, fellow staff members, and trainees. Applicants should have proficiency with a wide variety of modeling software programs and spatial analysis techniques, as well as experience with statistical analysis techniques. Internally, the new forecaster will be a strong project manager and will work with multiple project managers and teams across our nationwide offices, serving as a valuable company-wide resource and mentor for developing travel behavior forecasters and growing our practice.

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“I work closely with my peers and we learn a lot from each other. Communicating clearly on our work approach and methodology allows us to easily work together on projects and provide high-quality, accurate work. I appreciate the opportunity to learn from someone who is an experienced forecaster, so that I can grow to the next level in my career.”

Stasa

Senior Transportation Engineer/Plannner, Oakland

Los Angeles or Orange County, CA

Our Southern California region seeks a full-time or part-time travel demand forecaster for a position in our Los Angeles or Orange County offices. Our regional forecasting group works collaboratively with a diverse set of clients throughout Southern California and is committed to providing transportation solutions that improve communities. We’ve partnered with regional agencies to develop tools that have full functionalities to manage ABM model runs and calculate performance measures for multiple land use and transportation infrastructure scenarios, assisted MPOs in updating long-range regional transit plans to reflect new technologies, and refined and streamlined modeling procedures following new SB 743 requirements for multiple agencies. We’re looking for an experienced professional to join our team who specializes in travel demand forecasting and travel behavior analysis and is interested in developing travel demand models, evolving conventional practices to provide our clients with the best forecasting advice, and solving problems while learning in a collaborative and entrepreneurial environment. In addition to the professional and project opportunities we offer, Fehr & Peers is an extraordinary place to work and offers a competitive salary and benefits package.

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“We need someone up to the challenges of our growing office! I look forward to partnering with a self-starter who will bring excellent organizational, communication, and problem-solving skills to the team in order to help keep operations running smoothly.”

Jinghua

Senior Forecasting Practice Leader, Orange County

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