December 2021 Newsletter


We are wishing all our members a holiday season full of spacious subway and bus passenger loads, bike rides that aren’t too cold yet, sunny ferry rides, brisk winter walks, and of course, peace, love, joy and good health!  Holidays are a busy time of travel, but you can still stay engaged with us virtually this month with our upcoming podcast club events, or if you’ll be in the City, join us for our Holiday Party!   

New York Transit Museum’s Grand Central Terminal Gallery Annex and Store’s annual Holiday Train Show. A festive tradition showcasing Lionel model trains chugging past a replica of GCT, the Metlife Building, the Chrysler Building, Brooklyn Bridge and other iconic New York scenes on their way to the North Pole.


A special thank you to our out-going Board Members who helped us have such a successful 2021 schedule of events, grow our membership, craft excellent social media, communications and website content, spend our budget wisely, and achieve our professional development goals! 

We also welcome our new 2022 Board:

Chair: Emily Provonsha
Deputy Chair: Kristy Tu
Content Manager: Elizabeth Jule Gladoun
Membership Manager: Sam Chan
Treasurer: Scott Middleton
Professional Development Manager: Stacey Matlen
Events and Programs Manager: Darwin Keung
Communications Manager: Samuel Sklar
Social Media Manager: Julia Fiore
Partnership Manager: Michael Ahillen
Liaison to YPT-I and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Board: Modou Cham


Virtual Podcast Club Sessions
Part 1: ActiveTowns and StreetFilms
Wednesday, December 8th 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. RSVP here
Part 2: Social Equity and Transit
Wednesday December 15th 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. RSVP here 

What is Podcast Club? It’s an informal, weekly discussion of a selection of transportation-focused podcasts! Each week we invite you to delve into a specific topic with “required listening” and some optional listening at your leisure, and then during the event we will gather to discuss & exchange ideas. Meet us at the [podcast] “club,” it’s going down! Register at the link above.
2021 Holiday Party
The Whiskey Ward (121 Essex St, New York, NY 10002)
Tuesday, December 14th, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. RSVP here 

Ho Ho Hello YPT-NYC! Our holiday party will be held at The Whiskey Ward and please note that this event is members-only, so if you need to renew or register, don’t forget to gift yourself that free drink ticket and food with your $20 annual YPT-NYC Membership! 

We have reserved a private area in the back with long tables, benches, and a pool table etc. Kindly register with the eventbrite link above to ensure you get your drink ticket at the door.

Delicious appetizers (both veggie + meat options) will be provided as well. Looking forward to celebrating with you at our first holiday party since 2019!


Lauren Clark, Principal Projects & Strategic Investment Program Coordinator at NJ TRANSIT

Lauren Clark is a writer and transit professional who specializes in driving organizational transformation.
1. What is your favorite YPT-NYC event and why?  
Each event I attend becomes my favorite. I loved the behind the scenes tour of Grand Central Terminal Trainshed this fall. 
2. If you could snap your fingers and make one change to regional transportation, what would it be? 
All transit should be free for all riders. Transportation is a right, not a privilege. I’ll live and die on that hill.
3. What sparked your passion to work in the transportation industry? 
I’ve never owned a car, so I depend on public transportation to get everywhere I go. I understand how absolutely essential transit is, and I know how sacred and safe a space it can be when it’s done right. I’m honored to have a hand in making sure as many people as possible have access to these resources.
4. What are you working on that you’re most excited by? 
It was a privilege to lead NJ TRANSIT’s ten-year strategic planning efforts in 2019 and 2020. Since then, I’ve been working closely with the Human Resources team to drive progress toward their identified strategic initiatives, which includes implementation of a Human Capital Management system and major changes to most of our processes. I’m a sucker for driving transformation efforts—the more impossible change feels, the bigger the knot or the puzzle, the more I want to tackle it.
5. What career advice would you give to other YPT’ers interested in your career path?  
Find the system you’ll never get tired of riding and dedicate yourself to it. Worked for me.
6. What famous celebrity do you think should be given the opportunity to voice a NYCT Subway Announcement?  
The weird robotic voice that announces (and adorably mispronounces) the stops on NJ TRANSIT trains, of course.


YPT Mid-Atlantic Regional Board Virtual Meet and Greet
Tuesday, December 7, 2021 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. RSVP here
Meet fellow YPT members from across the Mid-Atlantic region, and meet your new regional board! The new regional board of YPT Mid-Atlantic is pleased to serve everyone from YPT’s existing NYC, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and DC chapters as we work to bring people together and broaden our reach throughout the region. Join us virtually on, an immersive and interactive experience!

Author Talk
Substeading: A Profitable Way to Build More Affordable, Convenient, and Prosperous Cities by Turning Underground Wasteland into New Transportation Corridors 

Stay tuned for an author talk hosted by Raymond Niles and Kyle Kirschling, a YPT-NYC member who also presented his last paper in March to us. His new paper, co-written by Raymond Niles, explores how NYC can have faster, cheaper, and more comfortable transportation. Learn more about their transformative “substeading” concept by reading their newest paper, and look out for an upcoming author talk!
Moynihan Station Tour 
A special thank you to Doug Carr and Matt Bradley of NYS Empire State Development for leading an awesome tour at Moynihan Train Hall! They walked YPTers through the history, existing challenges and future opportunities that the train hall has to offer to the New York City area and northeast region.

Python Skillshare
Mark Bauer of the First Street Foundation taught an introduction to Python class targeted at those who had never used the programming language before. Mark broke everything down for our members, answered all questions, and was an enthusiastic teacher. Thank you Mark for sharing your time and expertise with us!

Transit Enthusiast Gift Opportunity?
Become a member of the New York Transit Museum with an exclusive YPT-NYC Discount! YPT members are invited to become NYTM members with a $15 discount, valid for any level of membership! The discount code is: YPT15


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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