March 2022 Newsletter

Happy Women’s History Month, YPTers! 

This month, we spotlight women’s impact on the transportation profession. There’s a long history of great changes in our field through the leadership of people who identify as women. We celebrate these milestones with great joy and recognize that we have work to do to remove bias from our industry—we’re still fighting for gender equality in transportation both on the professional side and on the user’s side.
Last year, YPT-NYC celebrated several women from NYC who were appointed to leadership roles in the U.S. Department of Transportation: Polly Trottenberg, Meera Joshi, Nuria Fernandez, Diana Lopez, Dani Simons—more than ever in history!

This year we applaud their progress with USDOT’s Justice40 Initiative, the RAISE grant program, increasing port infrastructure, as well as increasing funding for transit infrastructure across the country through the bipartisan Infrastructure Bill.  And we celebrate all of the women in NYC working towards pushing that agenda forward and the projects of all sizes that are making big progress for our region. We also remember and honor the great achievements of women who blazed the path.

More than half of the U.S. population are women, and more than 50% of transit passengers too—but a 2019 report from the Mineta Transportation Institute revealed women make up less than 15% of all transportation workers, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics reports women made up 24.1% of the “Transportation and Utilities” category in 2020—which includes sectors like trucking (12.4% women), air transportation (31.6%), and rail (7.4%), among others. Source.

Now, onto the goods. 

Maximize your perks: Check out all of the exclusive perks for YPT-NYC members on our website!

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


Finding My Way to Transportation
Moderated By Jerome Horne, Director of Transit Leadership Development for TransitCenter
Thursday March 10, 5:00pm – 6:00pm  
Virtual Event on Zoom
How? Register here
to receive the meeting link

YPT-NYC is pleased to present “Transportation as a Career,” a panel discussion featuring seasoned transportation professionals who may have gotten their start in ways that you didn’t expect!
Our panelists come from diverse backgrounds but share a common interest in encouraging underrepresented groups to consider transportation as a career, as widening the talent pool is more critical now than ever before!
Whether you are considering transportation as a career path as a student and would love some advice, you’re thinking of a career pivot, or simply interested in hearing our panelists’ stories, please feel welcome to join us!

AICP CM Credits are available for this event!

Happy Hour Mixer with WTS -GNY
Celebrating Women’s History Month
Wednesday March 23, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
TALEA Beer Co., 87 Richardson St. Brooklyn, NY
How? Register here

Join us for our first in-person event of 2022 at TALEA Beer Co! 
YPT-NYC is excited to co-host this event with the Women’s Transportation Seminar Greater New York Chapter (WTS-GNY)!
Let’s get together to make new connections, celebrate women in transportation, and have a beverage at TALEA Beer Co. on Wed. March 23, starting at 6:00pm. Free delicious snacks await you!
ABOUT TALEA: After years of browsing beer aisles and visiting breweries, they (LeAnn and Tara, TALEA’s proprietors) found that despite the booming craft beer market, no breweries were actively trying to speak to customers like them. From confusing packaging and bearded bros with attitudes to dark, industrial taprooms, the male-dominated industry was lacking an approachable, inclusive perspective and voice.
**Please note any vaccination requirements that may exist at the venue and bring identification and proof accordingly.

YPT Global Transportation Priorities: Autonomous Vehicles in the 21st Century Series Presents…

“Autonomous Vehicles & the Future of Global Sustainable Mobility”

Thursday March 24, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Hybrid In-Person / Virtual Event on Zoom
How? Follow YPT-International
on LinkedIn for imminent registration details.

Autonomous vehicles will possibly have the most transformative impact on the transportation industry and society at large in the 21st century. Will they contribute to a more sustainable and accessible society or will they exacerbate the transportation issues we face today? Join us for a discussion on the future of autonomous vehicles with Sam “Gridlock Sam” Schwartz, founder and consultant of Sam Schwartz Engineering, and William Wang, Chair & CEO of Young Professionals in Transportation International and Schwarzman Scholar. Daniel Weiss, senior rail project manager at Arup, moderates.

YPT Members who RSVP and attend this event, virtually or in-person will be entered into a raffle to receive a free signed copy of Sam “Gridlock Sam” Schwartz’s critically acclaimed book: No One at the Wheel: Driverless Cars and the Road of the Future. 5 YPT Members will receive free signed copies of his book. 

**You must be a current YPT member before the event to qualify for the book giveaway.

YPT-NYC Presents…

YPT Walks! A new group walk initiative
When? Saturday April 2, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Where? Meeting Point: 33rd St and 8th Ave (on steps outside Moynihan Train Hall)
How? Register here

YPT-NYC is excited to host “YPT Walks,” a series of group walks with other YPTers in the area. Our agenda is casual: to give you an excuse to explore the city, to mingle with other YPTers, and to discuss & think about the spaces in your community!
For our inaugural walk, we will be strolling through Midtown West Manhattan! Been to Midtown a gazillion times? Us too—but the Midtown we know today is different from what’s planned for tomorrow! Filled with transportation infrastructure gems, our stops will include:

Penn Station/Moynihan Train Hall/future Penn Station Area
Port Authority Bus Terminal (did you know there’s a bowling alley?)
Lincoln Tunnel (see how many buses you can count!)
West Side Yard/Hudson Yards/Gateway Tunnel/Midtown West (what’s next?)

Our walk will be led by YPT-NYC board members Kristy Tu and Sam Sklar. All are welcome! Bring your trivia tidbits, PABT stories, and exploring shoes.
We will end at an establishment in the area for refreshments and networking.

Please take the New York Bike Census!  
It’s a quick survey designed to collect data about bicycle transport across the state, to inform planners and policymakers. Plus, respondents can enter a drawing for three $150 Planet Bike gift cards.

Tech Talk: Let’s Innovate the Last Mile
When? Thursday March 17 5:30pm to 6:30
Where? Virtual on Zoom, please email for link
The Tech Talk will focus on CALSTART’s Innovative Mobility initiative, which advocates for lightweight and shared modes for last-mile passenger and goods movement as well as enhanced public transit. The guest speaker will be Al Beatty, AICP

Al is a Senior Project Manager at CALSTART, and is focused on mobility, equity, and the environment.

The talk will be moderated by Syd Chan, a passionate transportation professional who is interested in transportation planning, engineering, traffic safety, transit, freight movement, and professional mentorship.

Pending approval for 1 CM Credit

WE Bike to Monumental Women, led by WE Bike NYC
When? Saturday March 19 11:00am – 2:30pm
Where? Doris C. Freedman Plaza, Central Park (5th Ave. & E. 60th St.)
How? Register here

Please Note: This ride is open to women, female-identifying, and gender-nonconforming folks only.

Did you know there are at least 125 statues of historical figures in NYC, but only six of them are of real women? Join WE Bike NYC as WE ride around Manhattan to visit these monuments and learn a bit about the women who inspired their metal counterparts.
WE’ll meet at the southeast corner of Central Park, ride north to Harlem and make our way back down to Bryant Park.
The route will be approximately 10 miles, with a photo opp and mini-history lesson stop at each statue.
WE’ll be riding mostly on bike lanes but participants should be comfortable biking in traffic. 
Please bring water and your helmet. (Helmets are required.)
All riders are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. WE will be checking vaccine cards/apps. 
Transportation Camp PHL 2022
When? Saturday March 26 9:30am – 4:00pm
Where? Virtual on Zoom.
How? More information here.
Whether you work in the industry or simply have an interest, we welcome you [in spirit] to our nation’s birthplace at the center of the NEC for a day filled with ideas at the intersection of transportation, technology, and urbanism. As always, the participant-driven TransportationCamp conference series follows the “unconference” format, lending itself to a more pertinent, thought-provoking, and active event.

This is not your normal conference. And it’s NOT some webinars on a Saturday.

Organized by passionate Philadelphians in conjunction with the Philadelphia Chapter and Mid-Atlantic Region of Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT), the Philadelphia Chapter of Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS), and Drexel University’s Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation, we look forward to seeing you! Connect with us.


Know someone you’d like to see answer these questions? Want to share more about your journey?

Let Us Know

Axel Hellman
Co-Founder and Special Vice President of Lines at Rally OurBus
A co-founder and I started OurBus, one of the leading brands for intercity bus service in the Northeast. We are a tech and marketing platform and do not actually own any buses—they are contracted out. We recently merged with Rally, another tech platform for bus trips, to become Rally OurBus. I went to college in California (USC) but have been in the NYC area since. If you need a ticket to Boston, Washington, or anywhere else in the region let me know!

What is your favorite YPT-NYC memory?  

I’ve enjoyed the happy hours in 2021 more than before. After the first couple of lockdowns, this type of human contact was really something I appreciated!

If you could snap your fingers and make one change to regional transportation, what would it be?

I’ve become so jaded at the slow pace of progress that it’s hard to think about this! This answer is self-interested, but I would restore the Decamp commuter bus to Port Authority that used to stop on my corner. It has been suspended for 2 years now. I live in the suburbs but before COVID, in the right conditions, I could take that bus and get home in 40 minutes. 

What sparked your passion to work in the transportation industry?

I was always interested in transportation, but what opened my eyes was doing a summer internship at NJ Transit in the Bus Service Planning department.  It taught me a lot that I still use on a day-to-day basis at Rally OurBus.

What are you working on that you’re most excited by? 
We have a microtransit pilot in-house called OurBus Door to Door.

What career advice would you give to other YPTers interested in your career path?

Choose a very specific, niche thing that no one else is recognized as an expert in. If you focus on it, it is very easy to become the world’s greatest expert in that one tiny area

What famous celebrity do you think should be given the opportunity to voice a NYCT Subway Announcement?

Bernie Sanders. His classic Brooklyn accent would be perfect for this.


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!

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 and connect with other YPT-NYC members!

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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