January 2022 Newsletter

Hello YPTers! I’m Sam Sklar, 2022’s new Communications Manager. I’d first like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and a welcome back to this monthly newsletter series.

Here’s what you’ll see month-to-month: 
Updates from any events from the previous month, including photos and highlights
Upcoming events, including dates, times, and need-to-knows
Often, a profile of one of our members
News of new partnerships and sponsors, with hopes of expanding our programming
Feedback from members like you!

I’ll keep it light and fun, and pick up right from last year’s Communications Manager, Emily Provonsha, who’s taken over as Chair for this upcoming year! 

Thanks for joining us, and I know I speak for the whole board when I say we’re extremely excited for all the exciting events, networking opportunities, and surprises coming up this year! Now, onto the goods

Farewell Brightliner!   The MTA retired the R32 trains—nicknamed the Brightliners—on Sunday, January 9, 2022. We invite our readers to take a look at the retrospective photos on MTA’s Flickr site and remember these train sets fondly as some of the oldest in the world, operating revenue service from 1954-2022.

We hope they enjoy their rest at the Great Train Depot after 68 years of service.     

YPT membership ($20 annually) comes with a bunch of perks, including access to exclusive events and networking opportunities, New York Transit Museum discounts, and much more.

Know someone who’d be interested? Encourage them to sign up!    

2021 Holiday Party—What A Great Success!   We had a TON of fun meeting in person and sharing holiday cheer and beer. Can’t wait to see you all again at some upcoming events as the weather gets warmer. Lots of fun to be had!    

2021 In Review: Some Numbers! We Love Numbers. 

I wanted to start the year with some fun transparency with hard-hitting YPT-NYC statistics. Here are a few highlights:
Engagement from 2020-2021:
~50% increase in monthly newsletter open rate
22% increase in total YPT membership
129% (!) increase in website traffic

Event round-up:
Top event:
a talk about congestion pricing with transportation legend, Sam Schwartz
Top happy hour: CultureLab in Long Island City
Top in-person event: Queens bike tour in partnership with WeBikeNYC and NYCDOT

Thank you to our 2021 Board for all your hard work, and we’re excited to grow even more with… …the 2022 Board!

We’ve updated the Board Member bios on our website.
Check it out here to get to know your leadership for the coming year. As always, drop us a line to say hello.


We’ve got lots of great ideas for events this year, starting with this interesting author talk.

YPT-NYC January Event
Author Talk: Jan 24th {6:30-7:30} Substeading: Turning Underground Wasteland into New Transportation Corridors  

Join us for an author talk hosted by Raymond Niles and Kyle Kirschling, a YPT-NYC member who also presented his last paper in March 2021 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 join us with your questions, comments, and honest feedback for a lively virtual discussion

Sign up on Eventbrite here! This event is virtual and Zoom link will be provided.    


We’re excited to announce that renowned consulting firm, Nelson\Nygaard is now a sponsor of our chapter! Thank you for your generous support! 

Corporate sponsorship helps keep membership costs reasonable for our members. If you work for a company interested in becoming a sponsor, please reach out via our project website:    


We will minimally invade your inbox once a month with a newsletter, we’re much more timely and active on our social media channels.
Follow to stay up-to-date and ping us with anything you’d like on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn!   Facebook Twitter Instagram LinkedIn Email Website    

EXCLUSIVE PERKS FOR YPT-NYC MEMBERS   Transit enthusiast gift opportunity? Become a New York Transit Museum member with an exclusive YPT-NYC perk.

With discount code YPT15, receive $15 off any level of NYTM membership and benefit from 10% off gift shop purchases, exhibit previews and more.

    Here’s a fun ~perk~ from YPT-International that comes with your membership—chats with YPTers from other chapters! 

From the sign-up sheet: “Each Month, YPT members will be randomly paired up with another fellow YPT member who signed up in the program to connect over coffee, tea, or whatever beverage you prefer!”

Sign up here.       We’re working hard to bridge together many of the region’s professional groups, and in doing so here’s another awesome opportunity for YPT members to connect with ITE members: see above, and sign up here.    

Are you #OpenToWork? Are you #Hiring? Check out all of the exciting job postings in our YPT LinkedIn Group! It’s a great way for members to share information about themselves as job seekers.    


We want to hear from you! While we’ve got our contact form on the website, I’d like to introduce a new way for members to contact us with ideas, thoughts—anything—via a virtual suggestion box. Let us know what you’d like to see this year! I’ll be checking this every two weeks.    

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.  

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