Leah Flax (@ResilientLeah), Government Relations Specialist, Government and Community Relations, MTA
Leah Flax is an urban planner with expertise in public transportation, policy analysis, and partnership building. She currently works on bus and subway projects throughout Manhattan as a Government Relations Specialist at the MTA. Before joining the MTA, Leah worked at 100 Resilient Cities where she developed a suite of tools used by cities globally to apply resilience thinking in urban planning and project development. Leah previously held positions at the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Louis Berger Group (now WSP), and with the City of New York at the Department of Transportation and Taxi & Limousine Commission. Leah lives in Fort Greene, Brooklyn where she serves on the board of the Myrtle Avenue Revitalization Project.
1. What is your favorite YPT-NYC event and why?
Trivia – you do not want me on your team, I am terrible at it, but the competition is fun and I always learn new things.
2. If you could snap your fingers and make one change to regional transportation, what would it be?
I would make local buses and subways free.
3. What sparked your passion to work in the transportation industry?
The liberating feeling of taking the local bus to the YMCA as a middle schooler, and not having to rely on someone to drive me, sparked my passion for public transit. Shout out to Norwalk Transit District!
4. What are you working on that you’re most excited by?
The 42 St Connection Project is going to completely modernize the 42 St Shuttle and give customers at Times Square and Grand Central Station greater accessibility, reliability, and more space to move around. The project also includes renovated entrances at Grand Central Station which are already complete, and have made a huge improvement to the traveler experience – when I use them it gives me a lot of pride and joy to have contributed to the project.
5. What career advice would you give to other YPT’ers interested in your career path?
Whether you know what your dream job is or not, with every position you take remember to learn and grow as much as you can and cherish the relationships you build along the way.
6. What famous celebrity do you think should be given the opportunity to voice an NYCT Subway Announcement?