HAPPY NEW YEAR, YPT-NYC MEMBERS!
Wishing you a happy and healthy year full of exciting new YPT-NYC opportunities and transportation wins for our region.
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., we want to take a moment to reflect on how Dr. King’s legacy informs our responsibility in the transportation industry to serve all people and the importance of equity. Transportation infrastructure is central to daily life, as it allows people to get to school and work, and to access food, faith, and family. We celebrate his lasting legacy in our work.
UPCOMING YPT-NYC EVENTS
YPT Podcast Club
Struggling to keep up with your book club? Consider joining the YPT-NYC Podcast Club! This February, join our four-part weekly discussion where we’ll chat about four topics in NYC transportation infrastructure: streets, tunnels, bridges, and airports. Our weekly curriculum (here) consists of 1 “required” podcast episode and 1-2 “optional” podcast episodes. Sessions will be held each Wednesday in February, beginning at 12:00 p.m. There is no pressure to join all four sessions or to listen to all the podcast episodes. Meet us at the [podcast] “club,” it’s going down! RSVP here.
Salary Negotiation Workshop
Building on the success of our Public Service Loan Forgiveness event, we are joining forces with APA and WTS to organize a salary negotiation workshop later this winter. The event will be open to members of any of the three organizations. Stay tuned for more details!
RECENT YPT-NYC EVENTS
Public Service Loan Forgiveness WorkshopWe hope you enjoyed our Public Service Loan Forgiveness Workshop last year, presented by Betsy Mayotte from The Institute of Student Loan Advisors, which was full of valuable information on eligibility and terms of the program. The recording is available upon request, just send us a message here.
OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS
TransitCon is a free and virtual transit conference where everyone has the opportunity to speak. It will be held on Sunday, January 31st. This conference was created with the idea that many transit enthusiasts, advocates, and nerds are fully engaged on social media, but are limited to the comments and threads these mediums allow. TransitCon wants to provide a space for those transit passions in a conference-like format. The program of the conference consists of three concurrent sessions: transit professionals, open mics, and 10 regional discussions.
THANK YOU TO ALL OUT-GOING BOARD MEMBERS AND HELLO TO NEW ONES!
VISIT OUR WEBSITE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YPT-NYC’S 2021 BOARD!
Robert Joseph, Bus Planner at MTA New York City Transit
1. What is your favorite YPT-NYC event and why?
Transportation Trivia is my favorite because it brings out my competitive and nerdy sides.
2. If you could snap your fingers and make one change to regional transportation, what would it be?
I would want Paris RER-style through-running commuter rail trains. The ultimate convenience of fast, frequent trains that cross the city, and serve multiple stations rather than one large hub, is not to be underestimated.
3. What sparked your passion to work in the transportation industry?
(After my dream of becoming an astronaut fell apart…) I was inspired by a page of my AP history textbook showing how train routes connected cities across the country in the 1830s. The more I found out about the environmental benefits, economic opportunities, and public health impacts of transportation planning, the more I loved it.
4. What are you working on that you’re most excited by?
I have recently done a lot of work on improving overnight bus service for essential workers, specifically helping launch and monitor the Bx99 route.
5. What career advice would you give to other YPT’ers interested in your career path?
Put yourself out there as much as possible with networking opportunities and never stop learning. Pick up new skills online, show an interest in learning the tools of the trade, and use each role or task as a stepping stone to the next.
6. What famous celebrity do you think should be given the opportunity to voice an NYCT Subway Announcement?
Samuel L Jackson. If there’s someone who I want to assure me that the upcoming service change won’t be so bad, it’s him. His voice is exactly the iconic and authoritative presence we need.
Use the YPT LinkedIn Group if you are #OpenToWork!
We want to point members on the job hunt or with job opportunities to post and share in our LinkedIn group. The group is a great way to share information about yourself as a job seeker or post opportunities. Check out previous posts by members for ideas on what to include in your own post!
WE CAN’T DO IT WITHOUT YOU!
Young Professionals in Transportation – New York City (YPT-NYC) is an official 501(c)(6) non-profit organization that provides benefits to its members through professional development, fellowship, and networking. YPT-NYC’s members keep the Greater New York City region moving while providing a space for growing skills, sharing knowledge, and expanding professional networks. Check your membership status here, or join here. Being an active member is $20 for the year and allows us to provide our membership with impactful programming.
Young Professionals in Transportation – New York City (YPT-NYC) is the local chapter of Young Professionals in Transportation International, a nonprofit coalition of organizations, which helps professional development, fellowship, and networking for young professionals in the transportation field. YPT-NYC’s members keep the Greater New York City region moving while providing a space for growing skills, sharing knowledge, and expanding professional networks.