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YPT-NYC Elections and THIS Sunday’s Central Park Meet-Up

YPT ELECTIONS 

YPT elections are live until October 30th at 11:59PM EDT and we have many candidates running for the 10 open positions on our board! 

To participate in the election, you must be an active member. Check your membership status here, or join here. Being an active member is $20 for the year and allows us to organize events.

You should have received voting instructions from our voting host server, Simply Voting, where our ballot and candidate statements are available. If you haven’t or if you’re having problems, please e-mail the YPT International Deputy Chair at deputy@yptransportation.org.

YPT uses a ranked voting process. We use this method so that:  

1. Candidates can run for multiple positions, and if someone wins two positions, they will choose which position they want. The votes they received will be reallocated to the voters’ second choices.

2. In the event of a tie, we will not need to have a separate run-off vote. The votes from the candidate receiving the lowest total will be reallocated to each voter’s second choice candidate.  

The results will be made available to the YPT membership in early November. The new Board term for all winning candidates will begin on January 1, 2020. Please take the time to learn about the candidates and vote!

BIKE RIDE & MEET UP



Want to ride bikes? With us? Meet up at the corner of 72nd Street and Central Park West and join us for a ~6 mile bike ride around Central Park. No cars!

There is an adjacent CitiBike station (please check for availability before the event). We have a limited number of free CitiBike guest passes for the first few members who meet us. Please remember to bring a mask and wear it if you cannot maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others.

RSVP below so we can contact you with any updates. 

Sunday, 10/25 @ 1PM EDT
RSVP


The current forecast below for your convenience.



MEMBER PROFILE

Casey Barrett, EIT, ENV SP
Civil Associate II in Michael Baker’s Civil-Highway Department


I earned my BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Manhattan College in 2015. I went on to work for Michael Baker in their Civil-Highway department, where I worked on a variety of projects from streetscape improvements to bridge replacements. My project tasks include Maintenance and Protection of Traffic designs, and Traffic Control and staging plans, which is how traffic patterns are maintained during construction. In addition to being an active YPT member, I’m also involved with Women in Transportation Seminar (WTS) and I’m co-chair of the college outreach committee. In my spare time I enjoy gardening, hiking, doing puzzle, and baking/cooking.

What do you most enjoy about YPT? 

I’ve really enjoyed the virtual tour series, specifically the old NYC subway lines aerial imagery tour by Rayn Riel. I find it fascinating to see how New York’s mobility has changed (or has not changed) over time. I joined YPT in February 2020 and was looking forward to all the upcoming events. I have enjoyed the topics about NYC’s infrastructure and the networking opportunities YPT has hosted while in quarantine, as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

What’s your preferred transport mode and why?

At the moment, my preferred mode of transport is walking. I’m still working from home, so I take walks around my neighborhood in order to get some fresh air. I take a different route so I’m constantly seeing something new every day.

What is the biggest transit-related problem that you’d like to help solve?

Carbon-Neutral Transportation. The transportation sector generates the largest portion of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The solution to get to a carbon- neutral transportation sector is multifaceted issue, but I will only touch on a couple topics here. In order to cut carbon, we need to get people to drive less. That means getting people out of their personal vehicles and on to mass transit. This would require a reliable multi-modal mass transit system serving all communities. The mass transit fleet would need to be fueled by clean, renewable energy sources. Best management practices in sustainable transit will require research and development, and knowledge sharing across the industry. Another factor to consider in achieving carbon neutral transportation is the physical infrastructure: highways, roads, bridges, airports, etc. Our nation’s infrastructure is built out of concrete which contributes to 8% of global carbon emissions. Therefore, future infrastructure improvement projects will need to be sourced from sustainable resources with a low carbon output. 

For the full profile, visit our website!

AUTHOR TALK

Thank you Dr. Adonia Lugo for your time discussing your book, Bicycle/Race: Transportation, Culture, and Resistance!

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