November 2021 Newsletter


With appreciation for YPT-NYC members and the gorgeous #fallvibes this season brings, we want to thank you for your participation in our events, tours, and happy hours this year. Thank you to all our members for staying active, participating in our programming, and coming through for our community. The world is run by people who show up, and our community consistently shows up to support each other and the regional transportation system.

Nick Cave, “Every One”. 2021.Commissioned by MTA Arts & Design.“Every One” is the first of a three-piece installation by the artist Nick Cave, inside the new 42nd Street connector. The other two parts — “Each One” at the new shuttle entrance and “Equal All” on the center island platform wall — will be installed next year. Sinna Nasseri for The New York Times.


Virtual Python Skillshare 
Monday, November 15th, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Register here.

We are excited to have Mark Bauer present an introductory Python course utilizing NYC Open Data to all interested YPT members! Mark previously worked for the NYC Office of Management and Budget and has done several presentations in the past on using Python with NYC Open Data. This is a virtual event targeted at people with no previous Python experience. 

November Outdoor Happy Hour
Friday, November 5th, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Washington Commons at 748 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
RSVP here.

Join us for our November Happy Hour in the spacious backyard garden of Washington Commons!

Daniel Patrick Moynihan Train Hall Tour  
Thursday, November 18 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Register here.

Still haven’t been to the new Daniel Patrick Moynihan Train Hall this year? Join us for a walking tour to learn more about the latest additions at Penn Station, led by Empire State Development. 
Mask policy: All attendees are required to wear masks inside the station.
This event is limited to 20 YPT members. 
Become a member of the NY Transit Museum with an exclusive YPT-NYC Discount! – Become a member here

YPT members are invited to become NY Transit Museum members with a $15 discount, valid for any level of membership! The discount code is: YPT15 

YPT-I Mentoring – Submit your application hereWe are thrilled to announce that YPT International has launched a mentorship program to help transportation professionals learn from other transportation professionals. We are eager to empower those with more experience to share their knowledge, skills, and professional journey. 

TransportationCamp Pittsburgh Saturday, November 6, – Register Here

Stay tuned for details about our 2021 Holiday Party!

Modou Cham
Senior Associate, Transportation & Smart Mobility at ICF

I’m originally from the Gambia, West Africa, but live in Brooklyn, New York. I currently work at ICF as a Senior Associate in Commuter Services and Mobility Specialist within the Climate, Energy and Transportation division working on Transportation Demand Management (TDM) projects and studies across the U.S. I work on a project that assists local governments, municipalities, and major employers in New York State implement green transportation programs. Prior to ICF, I worked as the Chief Administrative Officer for an international, not-for-profit organization at the United Nations promoting environmental health and literacy. I earned a M.Sc. in Sustainability Management from Columbia University and a B.A. in Political Science & International Relations from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

What is your favorite YPT-NYC event and why?  
My favorite YPT-NYC event was the first one I attended, the annual holiday party! I very much appreciate that YPT-NYC opens the door for potential new members to meet members that have been with the organization for a while to learn more about the association in a relaxed atmosphere.

If you could snap your fingers and make one change to regional transportation, what would it be?
The proliferation of micro mobility programs and vehicles such as bikes, electric bikes, e-scooters, mopeds, e-microcars, etc. in rural/suburban communities. And most importantly, micro mobility infrastructure, which is deficient in many rural/suburban communities. 

What sparked your passion to work in the transportation industry?  
I studied Sustainability Management at Columbia University Climate School at graduate school and during this time I was exposed to many courses, projects, and discussions related to Transportation and Sustainability. I took a course called Access, Innovation and the Urban Transportation Transition and this course made me more aware of how transportation can change people’s lives globally. My professors were brilliant and worked on projects from all over the world (New York, London, Kenya, etc.). One of my professors, Dr. Jacqueline Klopp worked on a project called the Digital Matatus – a research project involving Columbia University, MIT, the University of Nairobi, and Groupshot Design Consultancy with the goal of mapping an unofficial network of minibuses and minivans that do not have centrally controlled schedules, fares, or route plan. After the class adjourned, I wanted to work on projects like the Digital Matatus project.

What are you working on that you’re most excited by?  
I’m currently working on a TDM project with the goal to reduce single occupancy vehicles. In this project, we administer an annual campaign called Car Free Day to encourage commuters to leave their cars at home for one day and use an alternative commute mode. It’s a very exciting time for the team I work with because this gives us an opportunity to introduce innovative and alternative travel options such as electric shuttles and autonomous vehicles to urban and rural communities. 

What career advice would you give to other YPT’ers interested in your career path?

Let your network know you are open to new opportunities and when opportunities come along respond with enthusiasm!

What famous celebrity do you think should be given the opportunity to voice a NYCT Subway Announcement?
Eddie Murphy!  80’s SNL/Coming to America Eddie Murphy!!

October Happy Hour at CultureLab LIC at the Plaxall Gallery
Penn Station and Grand Central Secrets Walking Tour
Grand Central Terminal Train Shed Tour Led by Michael Feinberg
TransportationCamp NYC 

A huge thank you to all those who attended and supported TransportationCamp on October 16th, and the in-person happy hour and picnic events! Camp was well attended with participants from all over the region. A variety of sessions were proposed, from congestion pricing to restoring ridership and free transit, and gave a platform for insightful discussion! See you all next year!


Use the YPT LinkedIn group if you are #OpenToWork!
Our LinkedIn group is a great way for members to share information about yourself as a job seeker, connect with others, or share job opportunities!

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