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Trivia, Skillshare, Elections!

SEPTEMBER TRIVIA – REGISTRATION CLOSES TODAY!

Are you eager to show off your knowledge of defunct subway stops, airport codes, or obscure acronyms? Do you crave glory? Join us for New York’s 11th Annual (Virtual) Transportation Trivia event — a joint activity supported by the local American Planning Association Transportation Committee (APA), Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT), and WTS Young Professionals Committee (WTS). The event will take place on September 16th and registration closes on September 9th. Register to participate and look for the Zoom Meeting link in your inbox.

9/16 @ 6:30-8PM
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SEPTEMBER SKILLSHARE – TOMORROW!

Join us for an IPUMS skillshare by TransitCenter’s Mary Buchanan on Thursday, September 10th at 6PM! She will introduce YPT members to Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS), which is the world’s largest individual-level population database and is extremely useful to learn for transportation professionals.

9/10 @ 6-7PM
RSVP

YPT ELECTIONS

Becoming a YPT leader starts with you! If you want to help YPT-NYC thrive next year and are interested in developing your career and providing your skills to the Board, run! Worried that you aren’t very active with YPT? Don’t worry — run anyway, if you’re committed to stepping up!

What exactly does being on the Board of Directors entail? Directors typically offer a time commitment of 3-5 hours per week. Directors must be able to call into monthly Board of Directors meetings. The full list of available positions is here.

To participate in the election, you must be an active member by October 1st. Check your membership status here, or join here (even if you’re not running, so you can vote). Being an active member is $20 for the year and allows us to organize events (such as an upcoming Public Service Loan Forgiveness workshop with an expert who will assist YPT members).

The election timeline is below:

  • September 21, 2020 – Candidate statements are due.
  • October 19, 2020 – Election ballots will be sent out to eligible voting members.
  • October 30, 2020 – Online elections close.
  • January 1, 2021 – New term for all winning candidates begins.

Term limits for all YPT Board positions is one year. The term runs from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021.

YPT MEGAREGION SYMPOSIUM

The Megaregion Transportation Policy Symposium brings together industry practitioners, academic professionals, and policy experts to lead the conversation on technologies, policies and trends in the field of transportation that will promote megaregion development.

10/01 @ 10:30-3:30PM
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Member Profile: Rebecca (Ray) Noble

 

Rebecca (Ray) Noble works at New York City Emergency Management as a Transportation and Infrastructure Specialist. She hails from the Midwest and relocated to NYC to pursue a graduate degree in Urban Planning at Columbia University. When she’s not nerding out about transit, you can probably find her running around Prospect Park, reading, or playing board games.

What do you enjoy most about YPT?

The Transportation group at my office is very small, so I enjoy YPT because I get to meet people with shared interests who I would not encounter directly through my job.

What’s your preferred transport mode and why?

I really love all transport modes for different reasons, but biking is special to me. Biking around Chicago as a young adult drastically changed the way I experienced the city, and getting involved in bicycling advocacy propelled me into thinking about mobility justice from a structural perspective.

What are you working on that you’re most passionate or proud about (transit/COVID-related)?

I’m really proud of the work I’ve gotten to help out with behind the scenes at Emergency Management during the COVID-19 response. There’s a lot of planning that we do year-round to prepare for power disruptions, building vacates, and evacuations, for example, and we had to rapidly adapt a lot of our planning assumptions. I’m proud of the inventive solutions we developed, especially since we produced them in the midst of a global crisis.

What is the biggest transit-related problem that you’d like to help solve?

I would love to eliminate private automobile ownership (except as a reasonable accommodation). I know there’s a lot of ways this could be done wrong, but wouldn’t it be amazing if we got it done right?

Do you have any tips (career advice) for YPT’ers interested in your career path?

Emergency managers have to be able to toggle back and forth between a lot of different roles (at our agency, we each have a day-to-day job, and a “grey sky” role during emergencies). We also collaborate with a lot of external partners during planning and response. A calm temperament is an asset; if you can encounter novel or high-pressure situations without getting riled up, this career might be a good fit for you.

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Game Night & September Events Announced!

AUGUST GAME NIGHT

The game night scheduled for today has been postponed to next Thursday, August 27th at 7PM. Register at the link below so we can contact you in advance to join virtually! We apologize for the last minute change.

8/27 @ 7-8PM
RSVP

SEPTEMBER SKILLSHARE

Join us for an IPUMS skillshare by TransitCenter’s Mary Buchanan on Thursday, September 10th at 6PM! She will introduce YPT members to Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS), which is the world’s largest individual-level population database and is useful to learn for transportation professionals.

9/10 @ 6-7PM
RSVP

SEPTEMBER TRIVIA

It’s almost time for the 11th Annual Transportation Trivia event, a joint activity supported by the local American Planning Association Transportation Committee (APA), Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT), and WTS Young Professionals Committee (WTS). Given the current safety precautions, this year’s Transportation Trivia night will be hosted virtually on Wednesday, September 16 at 6:30PM. Open to active YPT and/or APA/WTS members. Registration closes on September 9th.

9/16 @ 6:30-8PM
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YPT AWARDS

YPT Awards serve as an opportunity to highlight the meaningful contributions YPT members are making in their organizations, the YPT community, and the transportation industry.

Take a look here. Application deadlines have been extended to August 21st.

YPT-NYC LINKEDIN

Use the YPT LinkedIn Group if you are #OpenToWork!

We want to point those on the job hunt to our group, and those having job opportunities, to share to our LinkedIn group. The group is a great way to share some information about yourself as a job seeker or post opportunities.

If you’re job seeking, we suggest using the popular hashtag #OpenToWork and sharing the following:

  • What’s your professional background?
  • What are your hard skills?
  • What are your soft skills?
  • What kinds of positions are you interested in?
  • What geographic areas are you looking in?
  • Something fun!

And don’t forget to attach your resume and any other files that show off your skills to the post!

NYC CIVIL SERVICE CITY PLANNER EXAM

Civil service is a path to working in NYC government and the City Planner exam is open until August 25th. We recommend applying if you qualify and if you’re interested in working for City government.

RESUME WORKSHOP

Looking for a different set of eyes to take a look at your resume? Upload it here for members of the YPT-NYC Board to take a look and provide feedback, comments, and suggestions.

This opportunity is open to all active YPT-NYC members. Resume review is limited to the first 50 resumes submitted. All resumes will remain confidential, and will not be shared beyond the YPT-NYC Board Member(s) reviewing.

UPCOMING EVENTS

We are working on several upcoming events, such as:

Stay tuned!

Be well,
YPT-NYC

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YPT-NYC August Newsletter: 8/20 Game Night & More!

AUGUST GAME NIGHT

Join us for another game of Scattergories this Thursday, August 20th at 7PM.

We will send a link to join on Thursday afternoon via this newsletter.

YPT AWARDS

YPT Awards serve as an opportunity to highlight the meaningful contributions YPT members are making in their organizations, the YPT community, and the transportation industry.

Take a look here. Application deadlines have been extended to August 21st.

YPT-NYC LINKEDIN

Use the YPT LinkedIn Group if you are #OpenToWork!

We want to point those on the job hunt to our group, and those having job opportunities, to share to our LinkedIn group. The group is a great way to share some information about yourself as a job seeker or post opportunities.

If you’re job seeking, we suggest using the popular hashtag #OpenToWork and sharing the following:

  • What’s your professional background?
  • What are your hard skills?
  • What are your soft skills?
  • What kinds of positions are you interested in?
  • What geographic areas are you looking in?
  • Something fun!

And don’t forget to attach your resume and any other files that show off your skills to the post!

NYC CIVIL SERVICE CITY PLANNER EXAM

Civil service is a path to working in NYC government and the City Planner exam is open until August 25th. We recommend applying if you qualify and if you’re interested in working for City government.

RESUME WORKSHOP

Looking for a different set of eyes to take a look at your resume? Upload it here for members of the YPT-NYC Board to take a look and provide feedback, comments, and suggestions.

This opportunity is open to all active YPT-NYC members. Resume review is limited to the first 50 resumes submitted. All resumes will remain confidential, and will not be shared beyond the YPT-NYC Board Member(s) reviewing.

UPCOMING EVENTS

We are working on several upcoming events, such as:

  • A book talk to discuss our summer book (Bicycle/Race: Transportation, Culture, and Resistance by Adonia Lugo, PhD). We will be partnering with YPT Portland.
  • A Public Service Loan Forgiveness workshop with experts joining to assist YPT members.
  • A skill share hosted by Mary Buchanan, previously featured in our member profile series!
  • September trivia (details to be announced soon).

Stay tuned!

VIRTUAL TOURS RECAP

In our first virtual tour this July, YPT-NYC took members on an aerial tour of the region’s freight rail facilities. YPT-NYC Chair Jeffrey Brauner was joined by special guest James Nunes, Manager – Operations Support at the New York & Atlantic Railway to fly across all sorts of interesting rail facilities, James shared insight on the NY&A’s operations, and gave attendees a unique transportation perspective. The tour wrapped up with an “explosive” look at Naval Weapons Station Earle, one of the craziest pieces of rail infrastructure you will ever see!

Our second tour focused on aerial imagery using publicly available tools from the NYC Department of City Planning. YPT-NYC Communications Director Rayn Riel hosted an exploration of the five boroughs as they were in 1924, diving into the history of the city’s development, looking into infrastructure projects underway at the time and comparing the built environment of almost 100 year ago with today’s reality.

The third tour was our annual MTA Bridges and Tunnels (MTA B&T) archives tour. This has been the third year in a row that YPT-NYC has been able to provide this tour, albeit under different circumstances. Nellie Hankins, Bridges and Tunnels’ archivist, gave an entertaining overview of the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority’s establishment (legal name of B&T), projects that could have significantly impacted Manhattan’s landscape, and the importance of keeping a historical record. We look forward to partnering to provide this tour in the future with updated information to reflect other projects like the agency’s transition to All Electronic Tolling.