Elizabeth is a transportation analyst at VHB, where she specializes in providing transportation consulting services for New York City real estate and public infrastructure projects. Her work involves conducting traffic impact analyses towards the environmental review process, as well as providing transportation solutions through traffic and transit simulation modeling. She attended New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering, where she graduated with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and an M.S. in Transportation Planning and Engineering. When she’s not in the office, Elizabeth is singing with her choral group, enjoying the outdoors, or baking!
What do you most enjoy about YPT?
One of the most engaging aspects about YPT is the offering of unique events hosted throughout the year. As a student, I enjoyed attending site visits during the summer. Through YPT I also learned about TransportationCamp, and how to get involved as a volunteer, and eventually as a Committee member.
What’s your preferred transport mode and why?
While all modes have their positives, I’ve always been a fan of walking the most, especially when I’m travelling to new cities. I love getting my steps in, but also slowing down to see something new, even in New York City where I grew up and still live.
What are you working on that you’re most passionate or proud about (transit-related)?
My most recent project – and one I’m very excited about – is the Brooklyn – Queens Connector (BQX), a streetcar system proposed to run along an 11-mile route from Astoria, Queens to Red Hook, Brooklyn. The streetcar would aim to reduce travel times for New Yorkers making multiple seat rides, while providing ADA accessibility as well as environmental benefits to neighborhoods. BQX exposed me to new simulation modeling techniques, and gave me a challenging opportunity to work on a project that would alter the city’s footprint while giving New Yorkers an essential alternative to overburdened subway lines and bus routes.
What is the biggest transit-related problem that you’d like to help solve?
I believe the key to resolving many, if not all, of transit related and infrastructure issues comes down to funding. New York City’s transportation network is long overdue for a makeover, and I’m interested in learning how we can properly allocate the funds to give New Yorkers the transit service they deserve.
Do you have any tips (career advice) for YPT’ers interested in your career path?
Don’t be afraid to go to networking events! Starting out, I always felt better going with a group of friends. It’s a great way to meet people in the industry and make connections for future opportunities, whether it’s an internship, full-time job, or even a chance to collaborate on a project.