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Transit Analyst

Job Details

Lextran - Lexington, KY
Full Time
4 Year Degree
Up to 25%

Job Summary

The Transit Analyst supports Lextran’s service planning, scheduling, performance reporting, and data analysis functions. The work includes the use of both quantitative and qualitative approaches to support transit planning projects, business intelligence, data collection, and research. The Transit Analyst is expected to organize data to help monitor existing service and recommend future service.

Lextran is seeking a Transit Analyst to assist with the development and planning of the transit network, data management and analytics, GIS mapping and other related planning activities.


Performance Monitoring, Data Analysis, and System Improvement Planning (25%)

  • Conducts regular and as-needed transit service analyses, including on-time performance, ridership, vehicle loads, forecasts, and so forth; makes recommendations for improvements to service through scheduling, vehicle routing, development of bus stops and related amenities.
  • Develops maps, analyses and presentation materials using Esri ArcGIS Pro, Excel, SQL, and other computer-based analysis and modeling tools.

Planning and Grant Funding Development (25%)

  • Supports the production of Lextran’s short- and long-range transit plans, grant applications, and other internal strategic plans as needed.
  • Provides coordination and outreach data and materials for Lextran’s Short-Range, Long-Range and Transit Development Plans. 
  • Assists with developing forecasting and budget models for transit related services including passengers, fares, miles and hours.
  • Develops population projections, maps and financial forecasts for Lextran’s plans and analyzes environmental and societal impacts.
  • Conducts data analysis and project impact analysis for grant funding to study or implement transportation projects.
  • Assist in analysis, development, exploration and implementation of long-term expansion opportunities (e.g. Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), Micro Transit services).
  • Assist in the planning and development for green technologies in accordance with Lextran’s sustainability objectives.

Reporting and Regulatory Compliance (25%)

  • Supports the agency’s process for analyzing transit service and performance measurement, including service standards, key performance indicators (KPI’s), schedule evaluations and recommendations, and long-term system planning for monthly and annual performance reports to the Lextran Board of Directors.
  • Supports planning and project reports in accordance with federal and state transportation planning law, e.g. National Transit Database, etc.
  • Monitors, analyzes and accurately maintains Lextran’s Automated Passenger Counting (APC) reporting systems.
  • Gain knowledge and application skills of Federal Transit Administration policies and procedures, and applicable Federal Regulations, State Legislation, and Local Ordinances.

Inter-Governmental Liaison (15%)

  • Represents Lextran at regular and as-needed meetings with local partner agencies, including Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, Lexington Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, and Bluegrass Area Development District.
  • Assists with monitoring, analyzing, and reporting on regional developments pertaining to population, employment, retail, housing, medical and commercial-industrial activities impacting mass transit.
  • Supports production of planning efforts conducted by partnering agencies.
  • Stays up to date on local ordinances, regulations, and industry trends.

Miscellaneous (10%)

  • Provides a positive work environment that does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty or status as a covered veteran.
  • Model, facilitate and encourage exemplary internal and external customer service, open communication, collaboration, participation and professional development among staff.    
  • Ability to follow agency policies and procedures, especially safety procedures while conducting field work.
  • Identifies and participates in training and professional development opportunities.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Key Skills

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Effective in coordinating activities between multiple departments and external agencies
  • Ability to analyze, understand, and present findings from large data sets, including spatial data
  • Ability to read and apply local, state and federal regulations
  • Exercises sound judgment
  • Ability to work with little supervision
  • Ability to read and evaluate technical data and schematics
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks, projects and demands
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy while meeting critical deadlines
  • Ability to maintain accurate records and files


  • Bachelor’s degree in urban planning, geography, public administration or a closely related field, master’s degree is preferred.
  • Two (2) to four (4) years in transit service planning and scheduling; or an equivalent combination of education and experience to successfully perform the essential duties.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite is required.
  • Proficiency with geographic information systems (GIS) is required.
  • Some working knowledge of Database systems (SQL, Access) and presentations.
  • Possesses valid driver’s license, acceptable driving record, and reliable transportation.


  • Frequently communicates with employees and customers in person, on the telephone, and on the computer to provide assistance.
  • Frequently remains in a sitting position at a desk to perform duties.
  • Frequently uses the computer with fingers and hands.
  • Frequently works in a well-lit, tempered room.
  • Occasionally drives motor vehicle for site visits.
  • Occasionally exposed to outside elements when conducting site visits.
  • Occasionally lifts objects weighing up to fifteen (15) pounds when moving supplies.
  • May be required to stoop, bend, or kneel.

Lextran is an Equal Opportunity Employer