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January 2023 Newsletter

WELCOME TO YPT-NYC 2023; WE’RE HAPPY YOU’RE HERE

Hello, YPTers! Our new board is live and humming with big and small ideas to make your experience this year fantastic. That said, we’re always open to new ideas—the fastest way to reach us is on Instagram or in our LinkedIn group. Be sure to follow to make sure you stay up-to-date on all things YPT-NYC
—Sam

BUT FIRST!
a letter from the chair
Hi, YPTers!
 
I’m excited to kick start a fresh year with you all as the new chair of YPT-NYC. 2022 itself was an incredible year and I’m so grateful for our members that make YPT-NYC such an amazing organization. Between bringing back in-person happy hours, tours, trivia, games nights, and a full program of networking and speaker events, I thank our outgoing volunteer board for all of their dedication!
 
Going into the next year, I’m already excited about some of my favorite parts of YPT: seeing new faces at a walking tour, connections being forged at happy hour, and the crowd heckling us at transportation trivia. I hope you are all refreshed and inspired to tackle the upcoming year and I hope that YPT-NYC will be part of it!
 
I’m also wholly committed to making sure our chapter strives to be the best version of itself – one that is more inclusive, impactful, informative, and ~multi-modal~ each year. We’d be happy to hear your thoughts at any point in the year – you can reach us at yptnyc@gmail.com.
 
With this, here’s to 2023!
 
Yours in mobility,  

Kristy Tu  
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HAPPY HOURS ARE BACK! … and You’re Invited

When? Wednesday, January 18 @ 6:30 pm
Where? Wild East Brewing Co., Gowanus, Brooklyn \\ 623 Sackett St, Brooklyn, NY 11217
How? Click here to register
How Much? Free to attend, beers on you

Join us for our first happy hour of 2023 at Wild East Brewing Co. in Gowanus! Come meet your fellow YPTers and have a beer (or other EANAB*) to help us kick off the best year yet. See you there at 6:30 or later on 1/18.
*Equally Awesome Non-Alcoholic Beverage

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2022: A RETROSPECTIVE
If you, dear member, are like us, you love data and information as a tool to inform. Here are some to whet your appetite, and a peek into the insides of YPT-NYC. 

Membership: We started the year with about 165 members and are currently at nearly 220 active members. That’s an over 30% increase in 2022! Let’s see if we can beat that this year! 
Events: We hosted or co-hosted 31 events in 2022, or just over 2.5 per month!
Most attended event: YPT-NYC and TransitCenter Present: Finding My Way to Transportation, a Career Panel Discussion. We’ll definitely plan this again!
Attendees: According to Eventbrite, we had 1325 attendees in 2022! See below for a geographic breakdown:


New York really is where it’s happening and we’re glad you’re here. 

BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE!
We awarded 3 scholarships totaling $1500 for the first time ever!
We organized events in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and Jersey City this year! (Staten Island, we love you!)
For the first time ever, we offered AICP CM credits for our events!
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JANUARY MEMBER PROFILE: ANYTHING BUT DRY

 

Name: Phil Betheil

Title: Deputy Director, Bus Priority at NYCDOT

Bio: Philip Betheil is a transit enthusiast and planner who loves working to improve bus service for all New Yorkers as Deputy Director for Bus Priority at NYCDOT.

Contact Phil via LinkedIn

What’s your favorite YPT memory?
It’s too hard to choose one, but it’d have to be from the wonderful tours YPT sponsors. Gazing down on Grand Central from a catwalk high above, everyone covering their ears as a 6 train screeches by at Old City Hall Station, or standing on the bridge of the Staten Island Ferry, I really appreciate the opportunity to get behind the scenes and learn about how our transportation system works.

If you could snap your fingers and make one change to regional transportation, what would it be?
Regional fare rationalization and integration. Making intra-city commuter (regional!) rail fares affordable and allowing for free transfers to subway/bus/ferry/bike-share would do a lot to speed travel for people in the outer boroughs who might otherwise endure long bus and subway commutes due to economic necessity.
 

What sparked your passion to work in the transportation industry?
Riding in the front of the 1 and 9 (RIP) trains and looking out the window as tracks, signals, and stations fly by got me excited about transit at a young age and I’ve never looked back.
 

What career advice would you give to other YPTers interested in your career path?
Once you get your foot in the door in the transportation industry, figure out what you want to do and what skills your current job gives you that overlap with where you want to be. The first job I could get coming out of grad school was doing traffic analysis for environmental review, which I was not particularly interested in. Expressing an interest in other parts of the business and figuring out what skills were transferrable allowed me to change the type of work I was doing and take transferrable skills from one job to another, and meant that I have a broader skill set than I would have had if I got my dream job right out of school.
 

What is your favorite transportation-related fun fact or joke?
That the Outerbridge Crossing is named after Eugenius Outerbridge and is not just the “outer bridge.” Or that the Holland Tunnel is likewise named after Clifford Holland and has nothing to do with the Dutch.
 

What upcoming YPT event are you looking forward to the most in 2023?
Summer Tours and Transportation Trivia.
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Other local events from our partners
Riders Alliance: Bus Ridealong for #6MinuteService with Assemblymember Anderson (1/19)
December 2022 Newsletter
 IT’S DECEMBER SO IT’S TIME TO REMEMBER
 
Happy holidays everyone! This year has been packed (packed I say!) with awesome YPT-NYC events each month, including tours, panels, skillshares, trivia, speed networking, and happy hours! 

—Sam

Transportation Trivia with a triple collab: YPT-NYC, WTS-GNY x APA-NY. We coordinate and love to outshine each other. Name me a better trio besides the BeeGees.

WEBike x NYCDOT x YPT-NYC. One of the benefits of membership: group bike rides (then beers)

Summer bike rides are the best, especially with pizza. Thanks to Vanderbilt Open Street for hosting us. 

September! YPT-NYC’s very own Michael Ahillen and Jersey City’s Transportation Director, Mike Manzella, lead 30+ people on a tour of the improvements the team is working hard on. Safety! Access!

It’s always too hot in the summer, but why not cool down with your pals in YPT-NYC? Once a month! 

Thanks to Board Member (and incoming Deputy Chair, Samuel Chan!) for organizing a guided land/airside tour of JFK with our friends at JetBlue. Many more tours to come next year. 

HOLIDAY PARTY DEETS!

DECEMBER 7th! DECEMBER 7th! DECEMBER 7th! DECEMBER 7th! DECEMBER 7th!
This is a reminder that the YPTraviganza aka the annual holiday party is coming up! If you haven’t registered yet, please do so, and please remember that you’ve got to be an active YPT member to join us (as part of your membership) but you’re welcome to also bring a +1 for $15—which includes a drink ticket! 
When? Wednesday, December 7, 6:00pm – 9:00pm (or later! We’re young professionals.)
Where? Alewife Brewing @ 41-11 39th Street Queens, NY 11104
How Much? FREE for YPT-NYC members & $15 for member-plus-ones
~Ho Ho Hello 👋 ~ YPT-NYC extended family!
Our holiday party will be held at Alewife Brewery at 41-11 39th St in Sunnyside, Queens from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
We have reserved space at the brewery for the party. Now, all we need is you!
Please register to ensure you get your drink ticket at the door. Delicious appetizers (both veggie + meat options) will be provided for members as well (and desserts, because of course)
Please note that this event is YPT members-only. Please renew or register today. In addition to the food and drink ticket, members can also register a plus one for $15 (which also includes a drink ticket for them)!
Sign up or re-up with the link >>here<<. Your $20-a-year membership will give you access to not only the annual holiday party but also our year-long programming which includes exclusive tours, skillshares, and monthly meetups!
A big shoutout and huge thank you to our sponsor!



YOUR 2023 YPT-NYC BOARD
Please join me (think it) in thanking the 2022 YPT-NYC Board for their commitment to making our group’s monthly activities extremely productive and fun. To keep the party going, we’ve got a new board to announce! Some familiar faces and some new (returning?) ones will surely top this last year! (Sorry, past me.)

Introducing the 2023 Board! Many of us (yeah, I’m back) will be at the holiday party (see above) so make sure you’re there to say hi!





Chair: Kristy Tu



 
Deputy Chair: Samuel Chan



 
Director of Membership: Tara Lanigan



 
Director of Partnerships: Paras Khaitan



 
Director of Programs: Darwin Keung





 Director of Administration: Gal Kramer



Director of Regional/International Coordination: Matt Kroneberger



 

Director of Finance: Logan Wagner



Director of Professional Development: Martin Buceta Bertini




 
Director of Communications: Sam Sklar

Member Profiles to return next year, revamped.


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Member Profiles

November Member Profile: Kemal Gefar

Name: Kemal Gefar
Employer: Mitsubishi Electric
Title: Systems Engineer

Bio: Kemal is a transportation professional with over 10 years of experience in engineering and infrastructure projects, 8 of which are focused on train control systems for metro and commuter rail systems with progressively responsible roles at transportation agencies, an engineering consultancy, and a multinational supplier. He currently works for Mitsubishi Electric as a systems engineer helping to modernize NYCT’s traditional signaling system by designing, installing, and commissioning Communication-Based Train Control (CBTC) technology on the subway network.

Q&A:
What is your favorite YPT-NYC memory?  

The Holiday party hands down. There’s food to nosh on, interesting people to schmooze with, and an all-around great time and atmosphere.

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

While the IBX is a good start I’d like more circumferential subway lines for the outer boroughs. As a Queens kid traveling to see friends in Brooklyn was always a trek, The Bronx was nigh impossible, and just forget about Staten Island!

What sparked your passion to work in the transportation industry?  

I fell into it. Right before joining the industry I was living in the suburbs of CT and found myself having to drive everywhere to attend social events, visit people, or even simply buy groceries. I hated it!  I’m a born and bred New Yorker, a true city rat if you will, so it was quite the shock to have my life centered around an automobile.

Sitting captive behind the steering wheel on my daily commute I realized that I took a well-functioning transportation system for granted and that my whole life prior to that point was enabled by a functioning transportation system in a dense urban environment. I remember going to preschool on the subway with my mother, waiting for the Q8 in the bitter cold to go to JHS, or the mad dash across Utica Ave. station from the A to the C (because in my bones I could feel an upcoming delay caused by the Hoyt-Schermerhorn interlocking – you just knew it). My first passport was my lime-green MetroCard, as a kid that third swipe opened up so many different neighborhoods and cultural experiences in NYC. In retrospect, I appreciate that these memories and experiences were centered around effective transportation and really shaped my outlook on life.

So when I had the opportunity to come back to an urban lifestyle (and ditch the car) I jumped at the opportunity.

What are you working on that you’re most excited by?  

Right now I’m working on the ‘QBL-East’ project which will extend CBTC operation for the E and F lines between Union Turnpike-Kew Gardens and Jamaica 179th St. in Queens. It will allow trains to run closer together with reduced headways. We are also removing lots of conventional equipment (e.g. hundreds of decades-old electromechanical relays) and replacing them with newer technology which means fewer maintenance problems over the long term.

CBTC projects require both wayside and onboard installations so I also get to think about technical designs and strategies for retrofitting CBTC technology into decades-old subway cars or planning for deployment in upcoming subway fleets.

I think it’s pretty cool that the projects that I work on will help transport thousands of people daily for the next few decades. And I like that there’s always a fresh technical challenge that keeps me engaged.

What career advice would you give to other YPT’ers interested in your career path?

 Network with and without purpose. By building and actively nurturing relationships with people in my immediate industry I’ve graciously been helped on the job, taught valuable industry lessons, and on more than one occasion offered new opportunities. Whereas building relationships with people outside of my immediate industry (YPT social events is fantastic for this!) I’ve been exposed to different viewpoints and perspectives which helps round out my vision of a cohesive and integrated transportation network and the role I play in making it come to fruition.

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

Oscar the Grouch, a true OG! Actually, different subway lines should have different muppets do voiceovers. Sesame Street’s varied cast is a perfect match for all our different subway lines.

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November 2022 Newsletter

NOVEMBER IS UPON US And that means it’s almost time to wrap up another year with Thanksgiving about to gobble up the end of the month. Before you know it, the YPT Holiday Party (some say it’s the best and most exclusive party in all of New York City) will be here and then, the beginning of 2023. It’ll bring with it a new board that will plan dozens of new events, happies hour, and opportunities to grow your network and your career.

YPT Elections! Ballots have been sent to your inbox from YPT-International. To vote, please visit: https://ypt.simplyvoting.com/ Make sure to vote for your chosen candidates using the instructions provided!

Scroll down for information about upcoming events, a member profile, and more information to help fill your end of 2022 calendar with all things transportation and New York/New Jersey!

—Sam

OCTOBER EVENTS ROUND-UP

BIG shoutout to 2022’s Transportation Trivia Champions: Team “Secretary Bootyjudge”!


Amazing Turnout for the WEBIKE x YPT-NYC x NYCDOT Bronx Bike Tour!
2022 HOLIDAY PARTY!
 
Mark your calendars: December 7th, 6:00pm-8:00pm for the 2022 YPT-NYC holiday party!

>> Click Here to RSVP! << 
 
When? Wednesday, December 7, 6:00pm-9:00 (or later!)
Where? Alewife Brewing @ 41-11 39th Street Queens, NY 11104
How Much? FREE for YPT-NYC members & $15 for member-plus-ones Ho Ho Hello YPT-NYC!
Our holiday party will be held at Alewife Brewery at 41-11 39th St in Sunnyside, Queens from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
We have reserved space at the brewery for the party. Now, all we need is you!
Please register to ensure you get your drink ticket at the door. Delicious appetizers (both veggie + meat options) will be provided for members as well (and desserts, because of course)
Please note that this event is YPT members-only. Please renew or register today. In addition to the food and drink ticket, members can also register a plus one for $15 (which also includes a drink ticket for them)!
Sign up or re-up with the link here. Your $20-a-year membership will give you access to not only the annual holiday party but also our year-long programming which includes exclusive tours, skillshares, and monthly meetups!

A big shoutout and huge thank you to our sponsor!


Come for fun and stay for the cheer! See you there!
>> Click Here to RSVP! << 
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October 2022 Newsletter

 
DANG, IT’S OCTOBER

It’s October, which means, it’s once again a great time to remind everyone that we’ve had a fantastic year of new connections, events, and the best ones are yet to come. Here’s a challenge: have you thought about how you got to and from your origins and destinations in the last year? More walking? More biking? Less driving? More driving? Just a fun thing to ponder as the world continues to spin off its axis. Stay real. Here’s the October newsletter. 

—Sam




JOIN THE YPT-NYC BOARD!

Many of you have seen this already, but now’s the time to get your interest forms in to become a member of the YPT-NYC (good idea) board or the International (good idea) board. 

October 24, 2022 (extended!) – Interest Form Submission Deadline
Election ballots will be sent out by YPT International to eligible voting Members for all Chapter and International elections shortly after submissions close. You must be a current YPT member to be eligible!

October 31, 2022 – Online elections close at 11:59 PM EDT. International and Chapter Board members and nominees will be notified of election results shortly thereafter.

November 1, 2022 – December 31, 2022 – Board Transition Period

January 1, 2023 – New term begins for International and Chapter Boards.

December 31, 2023 – 2022 Term Concludes

Come help your fellow YPTers have the best 2023!
OCTOBER EVENTS!
and November Planning


YPT-NYC x NYCDOT x WE Bike NYC
Upper Manhattan/Randall’s Island/Bronx Spo0Oky Bike Tour & Happy Hour at Bronx Brewery



When? Sunday, October 30, 11:00am – 2:00pm
Where?  Meet @ Marcus Garvey Park. approximately 120th St. x 5th Ave. Manhattan
How? Register Here

Ride along with Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT-NYC) and WE Bike NYC for a fun and informative bike ride through Upper Manhattan and the Bronx!

We’ll begin this ~6 mile ride at Marcus Garvey Park in Manhattan. Joined by staff from NYCDOT’s Bike Unit, we travel through and learn about various projects in Upper Manhattan, Randall’s Island and in the Bronx. We will gain insights into the process of planning bicycle infrastructure at every step of the way from conception to implementation.
After the ride, stick around to join fellow YPT and WE Bike NYC members for drinks and snacks at Bronx Brewery.
Free CitiBikes will be available for those who don’t have their own bike, but please bring a helmet.

What to bring: Helmet, sunscreen, bike lock, money for food/drinks, full water bottles.
Note: This is an all-gender ride open to bicyclists of all experience levels.

UPCOMING EVENTS (NOVEMBER AND BEYOND)!

Keep a lookout for November’s Happy Hour (Industry City/Sunset Park) right off the R (we’re thinking 11/10)

Also upcoming: a virtual panel with professionals working on the Gateway Program. Mark your calendars for 11/15 at 12pm ET. More information is coming. You don’t want to miss this! 

Also upcoming is the best event of the year: the annual YPT Holiday Party. We’re aiming for the first week in December at a place still TBD, but get your party pants on people. It’s time to boogie.


FROM OUR FRIENDS:
 
E-Scooter Share Demo Day

Join the APA-NYM Transportation Committee for a E-Scooter Share Demo Day in the Bronx on Saturday, October 22th.  Launched just over a year ago in the Bronx, DOT’s e-scooter pilot has experienced success with almost one million rides to date.  Representatives from Bird and Lime will discuss their experiences with the pilot thus far and lead the group on a guided ride.

When: Saturday, October 22nd, 12:00pm-1:30 pm

Where: Meet at the Soundview NYC Ferry Landing at 12:00 pm. (See map below.) The committee will take the 11:11 Ferry from the E 34th Street landing, join us!

RSVP here.


LET’S STAY IN TOUCH
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!

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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Member Profile: Jimmy Wang

KPMG, Infrastructure and Projects Advisory

“I’m a consultant with KPMG’s Infrastructure and Projects Advisory practice in New York. Our group specializes in providing financial and strategic advisory services to public and private sector clients involved in infrastructure or major construction projects. We work directly with public agencies and corporate clients at the management level to ensure their organizational and capital project needs are met. My focus is on transportation but the projects I’m staffed on can vary widely – I’m helping a DOT transform their incident response program through data optimization; doing a P3 financial analysis for an upcoming light rail line in LA, and construction auditing for a major airline’s new terminal at LGA. I’ve even done PMO work at a Whiteclaw factory!

I’ve dedicated my career to making an impact in transportation infrastructure and am also an avid railfan – my first job out of college was designing and inspecting railway tracks as an engineer.”

1. What is your favorite YPT-NYC memory?  


I’m pretty new to YPT and I’ve only been to one event! Looking forward to attending more events and meeting more people in the organization.
 
2. If you could snap your fingers and make one change to regional transportation, what would it be?


A more dynamic and unified commuter rail system in NYC – we need something like the RER in Paris. Getting the Interborough Express built and combining the LIRR, MNR and NJT would be a good start.


3. What sparked your passion to work in the transportation industry?  

I grew up in Hong Kong, which had a great public transit system that allowed me to experience so much of urban life without ever needing a car. I’m a firm believer that building robust transit infrastructure is the only way the rapid urbanization of the world remains sustainable – but the US is really lagging behind.


4. What are you working on that you’re most excited by? 


The best part about consulting is that you’re exposed to a lot of super exciting projects and clients – everything I’ve worked on, I’ve found objectively really cool. I recently attended Delta’s ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new LGA terminal where they brought in Governor Kathy Hochul, Delta CEO Ed Bastian, and PANYNJ Executive Director Rick Cotton. The program is still ongoing and I can’t wait to see what the fully completed terminal will look like. I’m personally very passionate about rail so I’m also excited to see where our work with LA Metro’s new light rail line will take us.. 


5. What career advice would you give to other YPT-ers interested in your career path?

Network, network, network! Consulting is a people-oriented job and soft skills are valued just as much as technical skills.

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

Lin-Manuel Miranda, everyone’s favorite New Yorker.

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September 2022 Newsletter

 
We’ve Broken 200 Members!

For a long time we’ve been hovering around 200 dues-paying members, but within the last few months, we’ve broken this barrier. It’s a really exciting time for transportation professionals in New York City and the more members we have the more events we can run, the more connections we can make, and the more inclusive we can be. Thanks for coming along for the ride. 

If you’d like to renew (or join for the first time!) please use this link. Just $20 a year gets you exclusive access to members-only events (like a guided tour of JFK’s new Terminal 5) and much more. It also helps us fund food and beverage for events like trivia and our annual holiday party and helps us support students and young professionals via our scholarship program (see below). 

Here’s your monthly YPT-NYC newsletter, brought to you by the promise of autumn. Lots going on this month, so I’ll leave you with a soundtrack to help ease the transition from 3rd summer to fake fall to winter. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUT0EvnsV4I&feature=youtu.be

—Sam
SEPTEMBER EVENTS!
and October Planning

REMINDER: JetBlue JFK Terminal 5 Tour + TWA Tour/Happy Hour
When?
Thursday, September 15, 1:45 p.m.-5:00 p.m. (tour) + 5:00 p.m. (happy hour)
Where?
JetBlue Terminal 5 John F. Kennedy International Airport, Queens, NY 11430
How? 
Registration is closed for this event. The 5pm happy hour is open to everyone.

Hot on the heels of our LaGuardia tour, this tour of JetBlue’s Terminal 5 at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) will explain what the New York-based airline does, and offer a behind-the-scenes look at airport operations. We will be visiting secure areas of the airport, including the operations control tower.
Our visit to JetBlue’s home (2-5pm) will be followed by a short guided tour of the adjacent TWA Hotel, a restored 1962 terminal designed by Eero Saarinen. We’ll conclude the day with a happy hour (5:30pm) onboard “Connie”, a Lockheed Constellation plane turned cocktail lounge.


YPT-NYC Speed Networking

When? Tuesday, September 20, 6:30pm
Where? Zoom. Link will be provided upon registration.
How? Register Here

Similar to speed dating, recent graduates and early-career transportation professionals will be paired with experienced transportation professionals in breakout rooms in ten-minute intervals.

We have the following participants:

Jonathan Schneider, Airport Design Consultant
Diane Xiao, Toole Design Group
William Wang, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Jerome Horne, Transit Center
Ivoire Lloyd, SYSTRA USA
Jen Robertson, Sam Schwartz
Darwin Keung, Tri-State Transportation Campaign
Alexandra Aiello, MTA C&D Regional Planning
Lisa Mae Fiedler, MTA Data & Analytics
Kelly Harris, MTA C&D Regional Planning
Emily Provonsha, MTA C&D Transit Oriented Development
Dash Henley, NYC DOT
Jannie Gao, NYU
Josue Paul, MTA NYCT Subway Capital Programs
Nolan Levenson, MTA HQ

…and more to come!

YPT Walks Jersey City + Gold Coast Happy Hour

When? Thursday, September 22, 6:30pm (walk) <> 7:30 (Happy Hour)
Where? Meet outside the Grove St. PATH station in Jersey City <> Happy Hour: Zeppelin Hall Beer Garden (88 Liberty View Dr., Jersey City)
How? Register Here

YPT-NYC is excited to host another YPT Walks, a series of group walks with other YPT-ers in the area! Our agenda is casual: to give you an excuse to explore Jersey City, to mingle with other YPTers, and discuss and think about the spaces in your community!

Special guest Mike Manzella, Jersey City’s Director of Transportation Planning, will be joining us! We’ll meet outside the Grove Street PATH station, just two stops from the WTC station. We’ll explore protected bike lanes, curb extensions, and other safety infrastructure. We’ll also marvel at the brand-new Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza and swing by the Sixth Street Embankment.

Our walk will be led by YPT-NYC board members, including Michael Ahillen who worked on
Jersey City’s Pedestrian Enhancement Plan.

Our route will end with a Happy Hour at 7:30pm at Zeppelin Hall! Feel free to come for the happy hour even if you cannot come for the walk.

**As we will go inside many of these buildings please ensure you bring a mask if it is required
inside transportation facilities!**

**Note that we will walk as physically accessible a route as possible and will remain in publicly
accessible spaces. YPT-NYC cannot accept responsibility for any unforeseen incidents that
occur.**


TRANSPORTATION TRIVIA [SAVE THE DATE]: 10/13 @ 6pm

One of our most anticipated events of the year is BACK and in person! WTS-NJ and the APA-NY Transportation Committee are co-hosting our infamous Transportation Trivia event on Thursday, October 13th at 6pm at Smithfield Hall (138 W 25th St). Mark your calendars NOW and start brushing up on those transit facts! Register Here.

Other October Events (stay tuned for registration & details)
-Bronx Bike Tour + Happy Hour


[SEPTEMBER UPDATE] Color us impressed! YPT-NYC received a number of impressive applications for our inaugural Young Scholars in Transportation program and we are delighted to announce our three $500 winners: Lauren Clark, Martin Balcazar, and Melissa Duchan.


Lauren Clark is a writer and strategist who specializes in driving organizational transformation. They currently work as Director of HR Strategic Projects at NJ TRANSIT. Lauren is also pursuing a Masters’ in Public Administration, Management & Leadership concentration at New York University. You may recognize Lauren from our November 2021 Member Profile.


Martin Balcazar is a Master’s student in City and Regional Planning at Rutgers University with a concentration in Transportation and Development. Since graduating from the School of Engineering with a major in Civil Engineering in Mexico, he has developed an interest in transportation projects and their intrinsic relationship with housing and economic development. In Mexico City, he worked on some of the most ambitious transportation projects involving extending existing transportation system networks, implementing new alternatives, and prioritizing streets for pedestrians and bicyclists.


Melissa Duchan is a Brooklyn native recently transplanted to Queens who is passionate about urban infrastructure and public transit. Melissa studied political science with a focus on urban policy at Macaulay Honors at Brooklyn College. She began her career as a grants manager at New York City DOT and now works in the same role at Nassau Inter County Express, where she is involved with the exciting introduction of battery electric buses. Melissa embarked on her graduate degree in public administration at Baruch College in 2021 to take the next step in her career. Her goal is to be in a leadership position in public transit in the NYC metro area. In her free time, Melissa enjoys riding her bike, knitting, yoga, cooking, and tending to her balcony garden. 

YPT’s MONTHLY MEMBER PROFILE.



Jimmy Wang
KPMG, Infrastructure and Projects Advisory

“I’m a consultant with KPMG’s Infrastructure and Projects Advisory practice in New York. Our group specializes in providing financial and strategic advisory services to public and private sector clients involved in infrastructure or major construction projects. We work directly with public agencies and corporate clients at the management level to ensure their organizational and capital project needs are met. My focus is on transportation but the projects I’m staffed on can vary widely – I’m helping a DOT transform their incident response program through data optimization; doing a P3 financial analysis for an upcoming light rail line in LA, and construction auditing for a major airline’s new terminal at LGA. I’ve even done PMO work at a Whiteclaw factory!

I’ve dedicated my career to making an impact in transportation infrastructure and am also an avid railfan – my first job out of college was designing and inspecting railway tracks as an engineer.”

What is your favorite YPT-NYC memory? 
m pretty new to YPT and I’ve only been to one event! Looking forward to attending more events and meeting more people in the organization.

If you could snap your fingers and make one change to regional transportation, what would it be? 
A more dynamic and unified commuter rail system in NYC – we need something like the RER in Paris. Getting the Interborough Express built and combining the LIRR, MNR and NJT would be a good start.

What sparked your passion to work in the transportation industry?  
I grew up in Hong Kong, which had a great public transit system that allowed me to experience so much of urban life without ever needing a car. I’m a firm believer that building robust transit infrastructure is the only way the rapid urbanization of the world remains sustainable – but the US is really lagging behind.

What are you working on that you’re most excited by?  
The best part about consulting is that you’re exposed to a lot of super exciting projects and clients – everything I’ve worked on, I’ve found objectively really cool. I recently attended Delta’s ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new LGA terminal where they brought in Governor Kathy Hochul, Delta CEO Ed Bastian, and PANYNJ Executive Director Rick Cotton. The program is still ongoing and I can’t wait to see what the fully completed terminal will look like. I’m personally very passionate about rail so I’m also excited to see where our work with LA Metro’s new light rail line will take us.

What career advice would you give to other YPT’ers interested in your career path?
Network, network, network! Consulting is a people-oriented job and soft skills are valued just as much as technical skills.

What famous celebrity do you think should be given the opportunity to voice a NYCT Subway Announcement? 
Lin-Manuel Miranda, everyone’s favorite New Yorker.


CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS!
TransportationCamp NYC is soon approaching and will be held on Saturday, October 15, 2022, at CUNY School of Law. We’re looking for volunteers to help out on day of operations! If interested, please message Kathy Zhang at kz2270@columbia.edu.

Come be a part of this awesome “unconference!”


LET’S STAY IN TOUCH
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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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Member Profile: Raymond Tam, PE

Transportation Engineer at Greenman-Pedersen Inc

Raymond Tam is a transportation engineer and avid urbanist. He has worked on Transit Signal Priority, ADA pedestrian ramps, and asset management for the Empire State Trail. He is passionate about transit-oriented design and complete streets. He enjoys exploring historical sites of NYC and is planning on touring Gracie Mansion soon.

1. What is your favorite YPT-NYC memory?  


I think just meeting so many different people in the transportation industry. As an engineer, I do not get to meet as many planners and people within transit. It is great to pick their brain and learn more about what they do. I like figuring out how engineers can complement planners and vice versa. One event I am looking forward to is the LGA tour in August.
 
2. If you could snap your fingers and make one change to regional transportation, what would it be?


I’d love it if all elected officials and city employees all took transit to and from work within the city. Even our congressional representatives should take Amtrak to DC. Once they all take transit I think transit would change for the better.


3. What sparked your passion to work in the transportation industry?  

I’ve always been into sustainability and reducing my own footprint. After learning that the transportation sector is the largest emitter of greenhouse gases (GHG) in America, it just made sense. One of my first internships was with NYCDOT and it kept snowballing. I interned at different consulting firms and I realized just how much I love transit after growing up commuting around the city on the subway and buses. I hope to work on more projects that complement both transit, freight, and personal vehicles. We can all thrive in the city.


4. What are you working on that you’re most excited by? 


One recent project was working on the Empire State Trail. I loved seeing how this trail was connected and seeing how beautiful the trail is. The trail is well maintained and we managed the asset inventory of the trail. I would love to bike this trail one day. 


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

I know the unofficial talent scout of NY, New York Nico, who had partnered with the MTA to get some celebrities to do announcements. To add to his extensive list, I’d like any member of the Wu-Tang Clan, Bobby Shmurda, or Pete Davidson.

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August 2022 Newsletter

 
HERE’S TO YOU, YPTers.

I
t’s a slowish, sluggish summer in hot New York City. So instead of highlighting the who this month, we’re going to highlight the what. We know YPT-NYC members are involved in all sorts of transportation and transportation-related industries and the last two years have themselves been sluggish for spending, building, fixing, making, and running transportation and infrastructure. So this month we’re celebrating all the people who are working hard on connecting us through more sustainable more equitable transportation choices. 

Bolstering much of our work is the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) or Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL). While it’s not a perfect bill, and there’s still much to be decided, New Yorkers and New Jerseyans can expect to see billions of dollars flowing to their various modal occupations, eventually. For example, NY/NJ should receive $21 billion for road and bridge repair, $14 billion for transit projects, $300 million for EV charging, and $900 million for airports. That’s close to $36 billion flowing to our region over the next 5 years. 

Whether or not we know how to spend this money on projects with deep impact is up to our collective growing leadership and the deep partnerships we make with our colleagues. We hope YPT can help forge these deep connections and foster long-lasting partnerships. 

Have a great August—we hope to see you at our many events over the next few months. 


 
AUGUST EVENTS!
and September Planning

August Happy Hour: Culture Lab LIC
When?
Thursday, August 25, 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Where?
Culture Lab LIC: 5-25 46th Avenue, Queens, NY
How? Register here



We’ll meet up for a happy evening of networking, live music, food & drinks at an awesome outdoor spot in LIC, CultureLab at the Plaxall Gallery!  We’ll provide a variety of pizza and drinks are available for purchase at CultureLab or across the street at Rockaway Brewing Company.  Live music will be Bright Dog Red, an amazing hip-hop, funk, electronic band from Albany. Drag your coworkers with you and join us!

September Events (stay tuned for registration & details)
 
– Transportation Speed Networking 
– JFK Terminal 5 Tour + TWA Hotel Tour/Happy Hour
– YPT WALKS II
– Others TBD!

YPT’s MONTHLY MEMBER PROFILE.


Raymond Tam, PE
Transportation Engineer at Greenman-Pedersen Inc

Raymond Tam is a transportation engineer and avid urbanist. He has worked on Transit Signal Priority, ADA pedestrian ramps, and asset management for the Empire State Trail. He is passionate about transit-oriented design and complete streets. He enjoys exploring historical sites of NYC and is planning on touring Gracie Mansion soon.

What is your favorite YPT-NYC memory? 
I think just meeting so many different people in the transportation industry. As an engineer, I do not get to meet as many planners and people within transit. It is great to pick their brain and learn more about what they do. I like figuring out how engineers can complement planners and vice versa. One event I am looking forward to is the LGA tour in August.
If you could snap your fingers and make one change to regional transportation, what would it be? 
I’d love it if all elected officials and city employees all took transit to and from work within the city. Even our congressional representatives should take Amtrak to DC. Once they all take transit I think transit would change for the better.
What sparked your passion to work in the transportation industry?  
I’ve always been into sustainability and reducing my own footprint. After learning that the transportation sector is the largest emitter of greenhouse gases (GHG) in America, it just made sense. One of my first internships was with NYCDOT and it kept snowballing. I interned at different consulting firms and I realized just how much I love transit after growing up commuting around the city on the subway and buses. I hope to work on more projects that complement both transit, freight, and personal vehicles. We can all thrive in the city.
What are you working on that you’re most excited by?  
 One recent project was working on the Empire State Trail. I loved seeing how this trail was connected and seeing how beautiful the trail is. The trail is well maintained and we managed the asset inventory of the trail. I would love to bike this trail one day.
What famous celebrity do you think should be given the opportunity to voice a NYCT Subway Announcement? 
I know the unofficial talent scout of NY, New York Nico, who had partnered with the MTA to get some celebrities to do announcements. To add to his extensive list, I’d like any member of the Wu-Tang Clan, Bobby Shmurda, or Pete Davidson.

[Ed. MTA is for the children.]



CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS!
TransportationCamp NYC is still a few months away but the planning is well underway! The TCamp Planning Committee is looking for committee volunteers to join the team for overall logistics planning and day of operations. [UPDATE] TCamp will be held on Saturday, October 15, 2022, at CUNY School of Law. If interested, please message Kathy Zhang at kz2270@columbia.edu.

Come be a part of this awesome “unconference!”


[AUGUST UPDATE] Thanks to everyone who applied for the inaugural Young Scholars in Transportation Program. We’ve selected our winners—we’ll reach out directly to let you know if you’ve won.

LET’S STAY IN TOUCH
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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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Member Profile: Daniel Feintuck

Discovery Attorney, Litigation Analyst and Bar Committee Member

1. What is your favorite YPT-NYC memory?  


My first Transportation Camp. The exchange of ideas, and refreshing format, really gave me a different taste of things than what I get in the legal community.
 
2. If you could snap your fingers and make one change to regional transportation, what would it be?


The RPA’s Fourth Regional Plan’s T-Rex (Trans-Regional Express) Regional Rail. This would revolutionize not just suburban and regional commuting, but also transportation in the outer boroughs.


3. What sparked your passion to work in the transportation industry?  

I’ve been fascinated with cars, trucks, trains, and planes since I was a child!  As an adult, I’ve always found ways to be involved in my community. While some matters that I’ve worked on involve transportation, most don’t, although this is something I hope to change sooner than later. So when a colleague suggested that I look for a committee at the NYC Bar Association, I applied and got accepted!


4. What are you working on that you’re most excited by? 


Getting involved with and learning more about Weigh in Motion and freight movement around NYC. We too often forget how important this issue is and how little improvements, such as the Off Hours Delivery Program and Weigh-in-Motion can make business more efficient, preserve our infrastructure, reduce traffic, raise our revenue, and reduce emissions. 


5. What career advice would you give to other YPT’ers interested in your career path?

Find ways to get involved civically.  Join a committee or two to lend your expertise and knowledge to help make an even greater impact!


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

We don’t have to look too far.  How about Irv Gikofsky aka Mr. G the weatherman? [Ed. Good choice. Real New Yorkers know.]


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July 2022 Newsletter

 
NATIONAL PARKS AND RECREATION MONTH.

It’s National Parks And Recreation Month, so this month we just wanted to remind you that every day with no weather is a day to go for a walk, run, ride, or scoot in your local park. We have to continue to fight for safer, more accessible infrastructure for all people of all ages and all abilities both inside and outside our public spaces, but right now our parks provide some of the best infrastructure the City has to offer. 

Good time to remind you that we’re meeting after work on July 29 in Central Park to rest and relax together after a month of excellent park-going. See you there.


 
JULY EVENTS!

YPT-NYC x WTS-GNY x NYCEDC East River Ferry Tour
When?
Wednesday, July 13, starting at 5:50 pm (ferry departs at 6:05 pm)
Where?
Meet at Wall St/Pier 11. Disembark at Long Island City
How? Register here
(note: Registration for this event is closed, but please add your name to the waiting list if interested!)


Join our friends at the WTS Greater New York Chapter (WTS-GNY) and the NYCEDC on an epic, summer evening ferry tour! Learn more about the ferry system development from EDC and enjoy the amazing East River views from the NYC Ferry. Networking and snacks will be at a bar nearby, too.


JULY HAPPY HOUR IN JERSEY CITY
When? Wednesday, July 20, from 6:30 pm
Where?
Hudson Hound, 8 Erie St A, Jersey City, NJ
How? Register here
…or just show up!


Join us for our July Happy Hour. This time we will be hosting west of the Hudson, in lovely Jersey City, located steps away from the Grove Street PATH Station. Feel free to drop in anytime after 6:30pm. Registration is optional but recommended. Hope to see you there! 

YPT PICNIC AND LAWN GAMES AT THE GREAT LAWN!
When? Friday, July 29, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Where?
Southwest area of the Great Lawn in Central Park (look out for dropped pin on social media on the day of)
How? Register here
…or just show up!


Join us after work on Friday on the Great Lawn in Central Park for a picnic, low-key BYOB (no glass bottles allowed in the park), and lawn games! We will bring the Kubb game and frisbees. Bring your own snacks, reusable bottle or aluminum can beverages, blankets, pets, friends, and other games. We will gather near the southwest area of the Great Lawn. And we’ll drop a pin on social media the day of the event.

The nearest bathrooms are at the Delacorte Theater. Easy to enter the park at W 81st Street or at E 79th Street. See you there! 

**Note: this event was previously scheduled for June 24th but was postponed.**

LAGUARDIA AIRPORT TOUR WITH THE PORT AUTHORITY
When? Friday, August 5, from 9:45 am – 1:00 pm
Where?
Meet at Hangar 7 Central (3rd Floor), LaGuardia Airport, 5 Marine Terminal Rd, Queens NY 11371 (near Marine Terminal A)
How? Register here
(DEADLINE IS JULY 14TH)


Join a YPT exclusive tour of LaGuardia Airport in partnership with the Port Authority. This behind-the-scenes tour will explain what LGA does and how its role in U.S. aviation has evolved since opening in 1939.

We will visit the airfield to learn about airport design and operations, and visit one of the newest terminals (B or C) depending on operator availability. 

This tour is capped at 20 people and is limited to YPT-NYC members only. The Port Authority has requested we submit attendee names/DOB in advance for security reasons. Registration will close on July 14.

YPT’s MONTHLY MEMBER PROFILE.


Daniel Feintuck
Discovery Attorney, Litigation Analyst and Bar Committee Member


What is your favorite YPT-NYC memory? 
My first Transportation Camp. The exchange of ideas, and refreshing format, really gave me a different taste of things than what I get in the legal community.

If you could snap your fingers and make one change to regional transportation, what would it be? 
The RPA’s Fourth Regional Plan’s T-Rex (Trans-Regional Express) Regional Rail. This would revolutionize not just suburban and regional commuting, but also transportation in the outer boroughs.

What sparked your passion to work in the transportation industry?  
I’ve been fascinated with cars, trucks, trains, and planes since I was a child!  As an adult, I’ve always found ways to be involved in my community. While some matters that I’ve worked on involve transportation, most don’t, although this is something I hope to change sooner than later. So when a colleague suggested that I look for a committee at the NYC Bar Association, I applied and got accepted!

What are you working on that you’re most excited by?  
Getting involved with and learning more about Weigh in Motion and freight movement around NYC. We too often forget how important this issue is and how little improvements, such as the Off Hours Delivery Program and Weigh-in-Motion can make business more efficient, preserve our infrastructure, reduce traffic, raise our revenue, and reduce emissions. 

What career advice would you give to other YPTers interested in your career path?
Find ways to get involved civically.  Join a committee or two to lend your expertise and knowledge to help make an even greater impact!

What famous celebrity do you think should be given the opportunity to voice a NYCT Subway Announcement? 
We don’t have to look too far.  How about Irv Gikofsky aka Mr. G the weatherman? [Ed. Good choice. Real New Yorkers know.]



LINKS TO THE PAST!


Four recent, amazing events. Now up on Youtube for your edification:
 
GDCI Event

Transportation Careers Panel

Talk with Dr. Regan Patterson

Python Skillshare


NEW! YPT-NYC Presents: Christof Spieler Book Talk, Trains, Buses, People!

PARTNER EVENTS


TCamp Philadelphia Summer Gathering (Saturday, July 23rd) – free rides for YPT-NYC members from NYC sponsored by OurBus, if you are looking for a day-long excursion to Philly for free! Details on the registration page at the link above. Buses will leave at  8a.m. and 8:30 a.m.

YPT Regional baseball game in August (date TBD!)

YPT Regional event at Drexel (also in Philadelphia) on October 12th. 


CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS!

TransportationCamp NYC is still a few months away but the planning is well underway! The TCamp Planning Committee is looking for committee volunteers to join the team for overall logistics planning and day of operations. If interested, please message Kathy Zhang at kz2270@columbia.edu.

Come be a part of this awesome “unconference!



JULY UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who applied for the inaugural Young Scholars in Transportation Program. We received more than a handful of applications and will announce the two $500, academic scholarship winners, in early August.

LET’S STAY IN TOUCH

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!


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.