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Transportation Problem Solving Launches Careers in Federal Service

Two Public Lands Transportation Fellows earn permanent positions in the National Park Service after completing internships

The Public Lands Transportation Fellows (PLTF) program offers emerging transportation professionals a unique career-development opportunity by pairing them with a Federal Land Management Agency (FLMA) unit or office. Participants address key transportation planning or implementation issues with hands-on problem solving, research, and experimentation. In turn, FLMA staff enjoy the fresh perspective of a recent graduate and access to the newest transportation research.

Many PLT Fellows receive job offers and continue to work in an FLMA office after the completion of their program. Two recent graduates are Charlie Gould and Pat McMahon. Charlie (right) tested innovative and emerging mobility technologies, such as automated vehicles, microtransit, and traveler information systems in National Parks across the U.S. He graduated from the PLTF program in February and transitioned to a permanent position with the National Park Service. Pat (left) worked on climate change adaptation and resiliency in National Parks, as well as developed the Trailblazer eBike Trail Assessment methodology. He is now a park planner at Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

The staff at WTI would like to congratulate Pat and Charlie on their exemplary work and accomplishments. Great job!