April 2023 Newsletter

We’re scavenging this month. It’s Earth month.

It’s Earth Month, so it’s time to talk about our planet. Quickly: we know cars are killing it, car culture is perpetuating it, and EVs alone won’t save it. Instead, it’s going to take a monumental effort from everyone and cooperation from anyone to make a dent. But we have a job to do.

Being part of YPT is step zero. Step one: convince your suburban parents to drive a little less. Step two: convince your suburban parents’ friends that you’re not trying to ruin their good time. Step three: call your lawmaker and convince them we need more money to help subsidize walking and biking, more attention to make it safer, and more space to do it all the time.

Let’s have a great, warm month. —Sam


April Events

YPT-NYC and APA-NY present…the 2023 Transportation Scavenger Hunt

YPT-NYC and APA-NY present… the 2023 Transportation Scavenger Hunt!  

When: Saturday, April 15th 10:30am – 4:00pm (Rain date: April 22)   Where: Around NYC’s transportation system! (Meeting Point: Battery Park)  

How: Register on Eventbrite ($5/person or $20/team + fees (sorry!))  

Young Professionals in Transportation-NYC Chapter (YPT-NYC) and American Planning Association New York Metro Chapter (APA-NY) are excited to bring back our Transportation Scavenger Hunt! Spend the day solving clues and snapping pics around the city with your best buds in celebration of NYC’s transportation system.   Bring yourself or enter a team of up to 5 for a chance to win some cool prizes and major bragging rights!   All you need to participate is a smartphone with WhatsApp (or a team member with WhatsApp) and a MetroCard/OMNY card!   Thanks to our partners for helping make this event happen. Go ride a Citibike!


April Happy Hour:

Earth Day Presents…Ainslie Bowery

When: Wednesday, April 5, 6:00pm – later than 6:00pm

Where: Ainslie Bowery, 199 Bowery, New York, NY 10002 Join YPT-NYC for our April Happy Hour hangout at Ainslie in Bowery and grab some beers with peers! Saunter around and enjoy the beer garden and yard games.


Skillshare Alert 🚨 :

Green Day Presents…Alightings and Algorithms

Green Day Presents…Alightings and Algorithms

When: Monday, April 17 · 6:30 – 7:30pm EDT

Where: Online (link provided with registration)

How: Register through Eventbrite (free!)

Where data science meets transportation planning!
Come join us for a virtual data science 101 with Ayanthi Gunawardana, Senior Data Analyst at 1-800-FLOWERS, former NYCDOT data analyst and current board member of R Ladies NYC, and Lisa Mae Fiedler, Acting Manager, Data & Analytics at MTA.

Ayanthi & Lisa will give us an introductory overview of:
• Data languages: what are different languages and what can you do differently with different tools?
• “What should I do with all of this data?”: Insight into basic tasks and things that you should know
• If you want to work in data – what are some things that you should know or learn?
• How do policymakers & agencies use insights from the ever-growing pool of available data?

This talk will be accessible for learners of all levels, in particular those new and curious, and focus on application (ie will not be a step-by-step tutorial) of any specific data languages.


Call for Volunteers!
Transportation Camp New York 2023
TransportationCamp NYC is happening again in person this fall! Planning is already underway, and the TCamp Planning Committee is looking for additional volunteers to join the team and support logistics, sponsorships, and day-of-event operations.

If you’re interested in getting involved, please email Matthew Fiore at

Come be a part of this awesome “unconference!”


A Look Ahead

What’s coming up in May? More info to come: follow us on Instagram or LinkedIn for up-to-the-minute information.
• May Happy Hour! Thursday, May 11th @ 5:30pm, at The Joyce Public House (315 W 39th St)
• Save the date: YPT-NYC takes over the 5th Ave Open Street with StreetLab and NYCDOT! Saturday, May 13th
• Other events, dates/times TBD:
o YPT goes to LGA—again!
o YPT learns about rail operations—and how!
o YPT goes biking—who, us?!


March Recap

Panel Event: Spotlighting Emerging Women Leaders in Transportation
Thanks to our panelists Sarah Meyer, Ally Bechtel, and Tara Pham for a phenomenal discussion on success and challenges during their careers in transportation. As always, thanks to our friends at WTS for helping us pull this off!

Boyce Technologies Tour
YPT-NYC had some seriously cool access via a behind-the-scenes tour of Boyce Technologies’ Long Island City facility on March 30.
With 24/7 service, historic station architecture and complex communications systems, the MTA relies on Boyce to provide station help points, dispatch systems, information screens (and more!) to keep our city’s subways and trains moving and safe.

Thanks to all who attended and Tom Powell for giving us the VIP tour!


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