Frontier MPO Transportation Planner

Western Arkansas Planning & Development District
January 24, 2023
Fort Smith, Arkansas
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Frontier Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is seeking a qualified individual to assist in the development, implementation, and monitoring of transportation projects in the Western Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma region. The selected candidate will work closely with the MPO director, MPO committees, local governments, and transportation providers to develop, the Metropolitan Transportation Plan, Transportation Improvement Program, Unified Planning Work Program, Bike and Pedestrian Plans, Transit Survey, public involvement strategies, and other administrative and organizational efforts. The MPO is the legally designated organization responsible for developing state and federal transportation plans and programs that address the complex needs of a bi-state region as well as the local needs of the partner jurisdictions.

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