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    Planning Trajectory Question

    Hi,

    I'm applying for a job as a transit planner for a mostly rural bus system. The supplemental questionnaire asks me to provide examples of my experience with traditional and expanded planning trajectory. In my 3 years of transit planning experience I have never heard this term, and a google search wasn't much help. The only information about planning trajectories seemed to be in relation to train physics, with no mention of traditional or expanded types.

    Any idea what this question is asking?

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    wow - yes, that is the craziest planning term ever!

    I would somewhat ignore the term and assume they want examples of your work and leave it at that - they likely want you to show you are up to date on the latest in transit planning, beyond TDM, that is

    if you get hired and after your probationary period, ask them what the hell that meant

    sounds like a hipster place so make sure that culture works for you

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    Thanks for the advice! Its great to know that I'm not alone in wondering what this means...I will definitely ask if I am hired.

    I'm trying to differentiate this from other experience-based questions they ask. Would it be reasonable to assume that "trajectory" refers to long range planning, and "expanded" refers to innovative solutions? Thats about the only conclusion I can come up with.

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    Quote Originally posted by sammoff View post

    I'm trying to differentiate this from other experience-based questions they ask. Would it be reasonable to assume that "trajectory" refers to long range planning, and "expanded" refers to innovative solutions? Thats about the only conclusion I can come up with.
    Yes, that's a safe bet - good luck! Post how it goes!

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    My only guess is they might be talking about short term and long term plans. A city I worked for had a 3 year improvement plan, 5 year plan, and of course the 20 year long range plan. I'm assuming the 3/5 year plans are traditional trajectories and the 20 year is an expanded trajectory.

    Do you know anyone in the same city, county, or state that might know what they're talking about? Maybe it's some regional term.
    I don't pretend to understand Brannigan's Law. I merely enforce it.

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    Quote Originally posted by sammoff View post
    Thanks for the advice! Its great to know that I'm not alone in wondering what this means...I will definitely ask if I am hired.

    I'm trying to differentiate this from other experience-based questions they ask. Would it be reasonable to assume that "trajectory" refers to long range planning, and "expanded" refers to innovative solutions? Thats about the only conclusion I can come up with.
    I use the word trajectory when I'm playing World of Warships, not when I'm the Director of Planning and Zoning. So, I think you are safe in your assumption. Good luck and let us know how it goes!
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    I would call the HR department and ask - you're right, that language is confusing.

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    I like what other Cyburbians have said.

    My only twist on trajectory beyond just "future" is understanding different assumptions/inputs into alternative modelling scenarios ?

    how is that for wonky talk.

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    Thanks all for the input. I submitted my application last week, touching on short and long range planning under different growth/cost scenarios based on your comments. Apparently I answered it well enough to land an interview!

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    Quote Originally posted by sammoff View post
    Thanks all for the input. I submitted my application last week, touching on short and long range planning under different growth/cost scenarios based on your comments. Apparently I answered it well enough to land an interview!
    Congrats! I wouldn't ask at the interview what they meant unless you need clarification while they hammer the questions at you. Make it look like you knew the whole time.
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    In all my years in this field, I've never heard the term "trajectory" used this way within the planning lexicon.

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    Good luck, and like others have said let us know how it goes.

    If it doesn't work out, I know of a small city bus system in desperate need of a transit planner!

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