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November 2021 Newsletter

THANKFUL FOR OUR YPT-NYC COMMUNITY

With appreciation for YPT-NYC members and the gorgeous #fallvibes this season brings, we want to thank you for your participation in our events, tours, and happy hours this year. Thank you to all our members for staying active, participating in our programming, and coming through for our community. The world is run by people who show up, and our community consistently shows up to support each other and the regional transportation system.

Nick Cave, “Every One”. 2021.Commissioned by MTA Arts & Design.“Every One” is the first of a three-piece installation by the artist Nick Cave, inside the new 42nd Street connector. The other two parts — “Each One” at the new shuttle entrance and “Equal All” on the center island platform wall — will be installed next year. Sinna Nasseri for The New York Times.


YPT-NYC NOVEMBER EVENTS



Virtual Python Skillshare 
Monday, November 15th, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Register here.


We are excited to have Mark Bauer present an introductory Python course utilizing NYC Open Data to all interested YPT members! Mark previously worked for the NYC Office of Management and Budget and has done several presentations in the past on using Python with NYC Open Data. This is a virtual event targeted at people with no previous Python experience. 
 


November Outdoor Happy Hour
Friday, November 5th, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Washington Commons at 748 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
RSVP here.


Join us for our November Happy Hour in the spacious backyard garden of Washington Commons!


 
Daniel Patrick Moynihan Train Hall Tour  
Thursday, November 18 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Register here.


Still haven’t been to the new Daniel Patrick Moynihan Train Hall this year? Join us for a walking tour to learn more about the latest additions at Penn Station, led by Empire State Development. 
Mask policy: All attendees are required to wear masks inside the station.
This event is limited to 20 YPT members. 
 
OTHER IMPORTANT NEWS
Become a member of the NY Transit Museum with an exclusive YPT-NYC Discount! – Become a member here

YPT members are invited to become NY Transit Museum members with a $15 discount, valid for any level of membership! The discount code is: YPT15 

YPT-I Mentoring – Submit your application hereWe are thrilled to announce that YPT International has launched a mentorship program to help transportation professionals learn from other transportation professionals. We are eager to empower those with more experience to share their knowledge, skills, and professional journey. 

TransportationCamp Pittsburgh Saturday, November 6, – Register Here

Stay tuned for details about our 2021 Holiday Party!
 

YPT-NYC MEMBER PROFILE 
Modou Cham
Senior Associate, Transportation & Smart Mobility at ICF




I’m originally from the Gambia, West Africa, but live in Brooklyn, New York. I currently work at ICF as a Senior Associate in Commuter Services and Mobility Specialist within the Climate, Energy and Transportation division working on Transportation Demand Management (TDM) projects and studies across the U.S. I work on a project that assists local governments, municipalities, and major employers in New York State implement green transportation programs. Prior to ICF, I worked as the Chief Administrative Officer for an international, not-for-profit organization at the United Nations promoting environmental health and literacy. I earned a M.Sc. in Sustainability Management from Columbia University and a B.A. in Political Science & International Relations from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

Q&A:
What is your favorite YPT-NYC event and why?  
My favorite YPT-NYC event was the first one I attended, the annual holiday party! I very much appreciate that YPT-NYC opens the door for potential new members to meet members that have been with the organization for a while to learn more about the association in a relaxed atmosphere.

If you could snap your fingers and make one change to regional transportation, what would it be?
The proliferation of micro mobility programs and vehicles such as bikes, electric bikes, e-scooters, mopeds, e-microcars, etc. in rural/suburban communities. And most importantly, micro mobility infrastructure, which is deficient in many rural/suburban communities. 

What sparked your passion to work in the transportation industry?  
I studied Sustainability Management at Columbia University Climate School at graduate school and during this time I was exposed to many courses, projects, and discussions related to Transportation and Sustainability. I took a course called Access, Innovation and the Urban Transportation Transition and this course made me more aware of how transportation can change people’s lives globally. My professors were brilliant and worked on projects from all over the world (New York, London, Kenya, etc.). One of my professors, Dr. Jacqueline Klopp worked on a project called the Digital Matatus – a research project involving Columbia University, MIT, the University of Nairobi, and Groupshot Design Consultancy with the goal of mapping an unofficial network of minibuses and minivans that do not have centrally controlled schedules, fares, or route plan. After the class adjourned, I wanted to work on projects like the Digital Matatus project.

What are you working on that you’re most excited by?  
I’m currently working on a TDM project with the goal to reduce single occupancy vehicles. In this project, we administer an annual campaign called Car Free Day to encourage commuters to leave their cars at home for one day and use an alternative commute mode. It’s a very exciting time for the team I work with because this gives us an opportunity to introduce innovative and alternative travel options such as electric shuttles and autonomous vehicles to urban and rural communities. 

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

Let your network know you are open to new opportunities and when opportunities come along respond with enthusiasm!

What famous celebrity do you think should be given the opportunity to voice a NYCT Subway Announcement?
Eddie Murphy!  80’s SNL/Coming to America Eddie Murphy!!

RECENT YPT-NYC EVENTS
October Happy Hour at CultureLab LIC at the Plaxall Gallery
Penn Station and Grand Central Secrets Walking Tour
Grand Central Terminal Train Shed Tour Led by Michael Feinberg
TransportationCamp NYC 




A huge thank you to all those who attended and supported TransportationCamp on October 16th, and the in-person happy hour and picnic events! Camp was well attended with participants from all over the region. A variety of sessions were proposed, from congestion pricing to restoring ridership and free transit, and gave a platform for insightful discussion! See you all next year!

YPT-NYC LINKEDIN

Use the YPT LinkedIn group if you are #OpenToWork!
Our LinkedIn group is a great way for members to share information about yourself as a job seeker, connect with others, or share job opportunities!



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Member Profile: Modou Cham

Modou Cham
ICF
Senior Associate, Transportation & Smart Mobility

Twitter: @modoucham

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/modoumcham

I’m originally from the Gambia, West Africa, but live in Brooklyn, New York. I currently work at ICF as a Senior Associate in Commuter Services and Mobility Specialist within the Climate, Energy and Transportation division working on Transportation Demand Management (TDM) projects and studies across the U.S. I work on a project that assists local governments, municipalities, and major employers in New York State implement green transportation programs.

Prior to ICF, I worked as the Chief Administrative Officer for an international, not-for-profit organization at the United Nations promoting environmental health and literacy. While I was at the UN NGO, I served as the Executive Secretary on the board of the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development from December 2013 to December 2016, through which we assisted in influencing the Post-2015 Sustainable Development negotiation to mainstream climate change in the Global Goals.

I earned a M.Sc. in Sustainability Management from Columbia University and a B.A. in Political Science & International Relations from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

1. What is your favorite YPT-NYC event and why?  
 
My favorite YPT-NYC event was the first one I attended, the annual end of the year event! I very much appreciate that YPT-NYC opens the door for potential new members to meet members that have been with the organization for a while to learn more about the association in a relaxed atmosphere.
 
2. If you could snap your fingers and make one change to regional transportation, what would it be?
The proliferation of micro mobility programs and vehicles such as bikes, electric bikes, e-scooters, mopeds, e-microcars, etc. in rural/suburban communities. And mostly importantly, micro mobility infrastructure!

Micro mobility infrastructure is deficient in many rural/suburban communities. So, in short, the enhancement of micro mobility infrastructure & the proliferation of micro mobility vehicles.


3. What sparked your passion to work in the transportation industry?  
I studied Sustainability Management at Columbia University Climate School at graduate school and during this time I was exposed to many courses, projects, and discussions related to Transportation and Sustainability.

I took a course called Access, Innovation and the Urban Transportation Transition and this course made me more aware of how transportation can change people’s lives globally. My professors were brilliant and worked on projects from all over the world (New York, London, Kenya, etc.). One of my professors, Dr. Jacqueline Klopp worked on a project called the Digital Matatus – a research project involving Columbia University, MIT, the University of Nairobi, and Groupshot Design Consultancy with the goal of mapping an unofficial network of minibuses and minivans that do not have centrally controlled schedules, fares, or route plan. After the class adjourned, I wanted to work on projects like the Digital Matatus project.
 
4. What are you working on that you’re most excited by? 
 

I’m currently working on a TDM project with the goal to reduce single occupancy vehicles. In this project, we administer an annual campaign called Car Free Day to encourage commuters to leave their cars at home for one day and use an alternative commute mode. It’s a very exciting time for the team I work with because this gives us an opportunity to introduce innovative and alternative travel options such as electric shuttles and autonomous vehicles to urban and rural communities.  
 
5. What career advice would you give to other YPT’ers interested in your career path?
Let your network know you are open to new opportunities and when opportunities come along respond with enthusiasm!
 
6. What famous celebrity do you think should be given the opportunity to voice a NYCT Subway Announcement?
 
Eddie Murphy!  80’s SNL/Coming to America Eddie Murphy!!

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Member Profile: Daniel Wood

Daniel Wood
MTA – New York City Transit
Manager, Ridership Modeling Development

I grew up on Cape Cod, Mass, where I eventually got tired of living in a completely car-dominated place, and went off to college in Philly, where I first became interested in transportation professionally. After a couple of transportation-related internships, I went to grad school for transportation at MIT, where I did research for the Hong Kong metro system as a member of MIT’s Transit Lab. After graduating, I landed a job in the data analysis and research group at New York City Transit’s planning department, where I’ve worked for the last six years analyzing bus and subway data and helping to create data-driven applications like new subway performance metrics, real-time applications for subway train dispatchers and customer communication staff, and ridership models. Outside of work, some of my favorite things are runs around Prospect Park, long walks through the city, museums, board games, and (when it’s not a pandemic) exploring cities in other countries, nerding out about the local trains and buses.

1. What is your favorite YPT-NYC event and why?  
 
Transportation Trivia! I love trivia in general, so a transportation-themed trivia night is right up my alley.
 
2. If you could snap your fingers and make one change to regional transportation, what would it be?
 
Remove all single-family zoning in the NYC area. Technically this isn’t transportation, but since higher density is correlated with higher transit use, this change could pave the way for increasing transit use and lower car use in the NYC region.
 
3. What sparked your passion to work in the transportation industry?  
 

I took a city planning class as an elective in college, and really liked it, especially the parts relating to planning transportation systems. I was a mechanical engineering major, but starting to doubt I’d like working in the “traditional” fields recruiting mechanical engineers—fossil fuel energy, defense, HVAC, widget manufacturers, etc. After the class, it occurred to me that transportation was a field where I could apply both my quantitative skills, and my interest in urbanism and social sciences, and generally “doing good”.
 
4. What are you working on that you’re most excited by? 
 

Right now, I am working on developing an integrated bus and subway ridership model that will be able to trace the paths of NYCT customers across the network, including their transfers between the bus and subway systems. Up until now, my group has had separate bus and subway models that don’t “talk” to each other at all.
 
5. What career advice would you give to other YPT’ers interested in your career path?
 

First, don’t be afraid to jump into the transportation world from another industry if your degree isn’t in one of the fields people typically associate with transportation—civil engineering, city planning, etc. A lot of people I know who have succeeded in this field come from “non-traditional” backgrounds. Second, don’t feel you need to commit to the public sector or private sector for your career; moving between the two is very common. Finally, if you’re aiming for work that involves a lot of data analysis and coding, having some coding knowledge is useful for getting your foot in the door, but once you’re there a bigger determinant of success is being able to research and reason your way through problems, and understand the context of the task in the overall “big picture” of the transportation system. “Muddling your way through” and “sanity checking” are really important skills!
 
6. What famous celebrity do you think should be given the opportunity to voice a NYCT Subway Announcement?
 

Bill Hader as Vincent Price.

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October 2021 Newsletter

WHAT’S NEXT FOR 2022 YPT-NYC BOARD? 

Elections for the 2022 YPT-NYC Board are coming up later this month. We are excited about the new ideas and energy that candidates would bring to YPT-NYC next year! Despite on-going challenges with the pandemic this year, we were still able to host a packed calendar of workshops, author talks, tours, skill shares, and happy hours! What was your favorite part of being a YPT-NYC member this year? Share with us on our social media posts this week!

New two-way protected bike lane installed on Brooklyn Bridge, NYCDOT. September, 2021. @nyc_dot. The lane, originally proposed in Mayor de Blasio’s State of the City address, repurposes one lane of vehicular traffic to accommodate the recent cycling boom in NYC. This transformation is the first reconfiguration of the iconic bridge since trolley tracks were permanently removed in 1950. 
 YPT-NYC 2022 Board Elections

How do I participate in the election?
To vote in the election, you must be an active member of YPT as of October 1, 2021. Check your membership status here, or join here. Membership is only $20/year and allows us to continue providing exceptional programming and events.
Election TimelineOctober 18, 2021 – Election ballots will be sent out by YPT International to eligible voting members for all Chapter and International elections by 9:00 AM EDT October 29, 2021 – Online elections close at 11:59 PM EDT. International and Chapter Board members and nominees will be notified of election results shortly thereafterNovember 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021 – Board Transition periodJanuary 1, 2022 – New term begins for International and Chapter BoardsDecember 31, 2022 – 2022 Term concludes
YPT-NYC OCTOBER EVENTS

Outdoor Happy Hour at CultureLab LIC 
Thursday, October 7 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 
Register Here!



Join us for another outdoor happy hour, this time at CultureLab, where we’ll enjoy live music, great food, and drinks in Long Island City! Invite your friends and coworkers! 
Mask policy: Fully vaccinated people are not required to wear a mask. However, masks may be required if we go indoors or in crowded areas. Unvaccinated people must wear a mask at all times.
Bring: mask, proof of vaccination, sunscreen, water
 
Penn Station and Grand Central Secrets Walking Tour
Saturday, October 9 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

RSVP to Rayn Riel at raynriel@gmail.com


Join us and explore the secrets of Penn Station and Grand Central on a walking tour! We will uncover artifacts of the original Penn Station hiding in plain sight, and experience the new Moynihan Train Hall. If you’d like, then take the subway with us to Grand Central, where we will discover even more secrets accessible to the public. We’ll be walking a lot and going up and down stairs so please bring comfortable shoes and your mask. Space is limited, so please RSVP to raynriel@gmail.com for more details and confirmation. 
 
Grand Central Terminal Train Shed Tour – Led by Michael Feinberg Metro-North Director of Tunnels, Bridges and Track
Wednesday, October 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Register here.
 

Would you believe us if we told you that Park Avenue between 42nd and 57th Street, and all numbered cross streets in between, were not just streets, but also bridges? What lies beneath these city streets is the Grand Central Terminal Train Shed, a railroad yard completed in 1913. It has both upper and lower levels and houses 67 operational tracks with 44 platforms. Between the upper and lower levels of the Train Shed, there are 31 miles of track. While many repairs and maintenance projects have been completed throughout the Train Shed in over 100 years, it has never been fully renovated. The Train Shed is in dire need of renovation, and the MTA has a plan to repair and replace it, section-by-section, over the course of many future capital programs. Join us for this walking tour of the Grand Central Terminal Train Shed to learn more about this workhorse of a railroad yard underneath the iconic historic building we all treasure! 
 
All attendees must take an online safety training (link provided after registration) and bring the wallet card issued after the completion of the course to the tour.  
 
All attendees must also wear full PPE including hardhat, safety goggles, safety vest, work boots with a defined heel (no steel toe), and a facemask. Please let us know if you need PPE or if you have any questions.
 
TransportationCamp NYC (Main event)
Saturday, October 16 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Register Here


TransportationCamp NYC is back and better than ever! Building on the success of the first virtual event in 2020, this year’s Camp will feature virtual unconference sessions while also hosting special outdoor events for participants to reunite after a year apart and celebrate the seventh consecutive year of Camp.
TransportationCamp is an unconference – every session is planned, proposed, and led by attendees like you. TransportationCamp NYC welcomes all attendees, whether you’re a transportation professional, planner, software developer, engineer, student or just excited about mobility! If you are in the New York City region during the period of the event, don’t miss the chance to network in-person with fellow TransportationCamp NYC attendees before and/or after the main event at the outdoor gatherings.
For the second consecutive year, TransportationCamp NYC will award one undergraduate student and one graduate student a $500 scholarship sponsored by Gold sponsors, C2SMART and VHB. Click here to apply. The deadline for all applications is October 11th, 2021!
 
YPT-I Mentoring
Register Here

Forbes recently reported that while 76% of people think mentors are important, only 37% actually have one. We would like to change those numbers.

We are thrilled to announce that YPT International has launched a mentorship program to help transportation professionals learn from other transportation professionals. We are eager to empower those with more experience to share their knowledge, skills, and professional journey. 
YPT-I will be accepting applications from interested transportation professionals. Please note that all mentees must be a YPT member but anyone in the transportation community can be a mentor. More information on the program and registration details at the link below. 


YPT-NYC MEMBER PROFILE 



Daniel Wood
MTA – New York City Transit
Manager, Ridership Modeling Development
 

I grew up on Cape Cod, Mass, where I eventually got tired of living in a completely car-dominated place, and went off to college in Philly, where I first became interested in transportation professionally. After a couple of transportation-related internships, I went to grad school for transportation at MIT, where I did research for the Hong Kong metro system as a member of MIT’s Transit Lab. After graduating, I landed a job in the data analysis and research group at New York City Transit’s planning department, where I’ve worked for the last six years analyzing bus and subway data and helping to create data-driven applications like new subway performance metrics, real-time applications for subway train dispatchers and customer communication staff, and ridership models. Outside of work, some of my favorite things are runs around Prospect Park, long walks through the city, museums, board games, and (when it’s not a pandemic) exploring cities in other countries, nerding out about the local trains and buses.
 
1. What is your favorite YPT-NYC event and why?  
 
Transportation Trivia! I love trivia in general, so a transportation-themed trivia night is right up my alley.
 
2. If you could snap your fingers and make one change to regional transportation, what would it be?
 
Remove all single-family zoning in the NYC area. Technically this isn’t transportation, but since higher density is correlated with higher transit use, this change could pave the way for increasing transit use and lower car use in the NYC region.
 
3. What sparked your passion to work in the transportation industry?  
 

I took a city planning class as an elective in college, and really liked it, especially the parts relating to planning transportation systems. I was a mechanical engineering major, but starting to doubt I’d like working in the “traditional” fields recruiting mechanical engineers—fossil fuel energy, defense, HVAC, widget manufacturers, etc. After the class, it occurred to me that transportation was a field where I could apply both my quantitative skills, and my interest in urbanism and social sciences, and generally “doing good”.
 
4. What are you working on that you’re most excited by? 
 

Right now, I am working on developing an integrated bus and subway ridership model that will be able to trace the paths of NYCT customers across the network, including their transfers between the bus and subway systems. Up until now, my group has had separate bus and subway models that don’t “talk” to each other at all.
 
5. What career advice would you give to other YPT’ers interested in your career path?
 

First, don’t be afraid to jump into the transportation world from another industry if your degree isn’t in one of the fields people typically associate with transportation—civil engineering, city planning, etc. A lot of people I know who have succeeded in this field come from “non-traditional” backgrounds. Second, don’t feel you need to commit to the public sector or private sector for your career; moving between the two is very common. Finally, if you’re aiming for work that involves a lot of data analysis and coding, having some coding knowledge is useful for getting your foot in the door, but once you’re there a bigger determinant of success is being able to research and reason your way through problems, and understand the context of the task in the overall “big picture” of the transportation system. “Muddling your way through” and “sanity checking” are really important skills!
 
6. What famous celebrity do you think should be given the opportunity to voice a NYCT Subway Announcement?
 

Bill Hader as Vincent Price.
 

RECENT YPT-NYC EVENTSMeatpacking District Walking Tour
A big thank you to Evan Sweet of the Meatpacking BID who gave a fantastic walking tour of the Meatpacking District Open Streets! After learning about the history and future planning of the open streets layout, we ended the evening with beers at the Brass Monkey!Transportation Trivia
This year’s Transportation Trivia was a success, with 16 teams competing for the grand prize! Thank you to our co-hosts APA and WTS-GNY for organizing a fun event with some challenging questions-from history to emoji pictograms! Congratulations to our victors, VHB T+R Trivia Titans (first place)ARUP Rail, Team Felt and VHB Transpotastic! (tied for second place) and PEN14 (third place)! Thank you to all our participating teams, we’ll see you at next year’s Trivia!
 

YPT-NYC LINKEDIN

Use the YPT LinkedIn group if you are #OpenToWork!
Our LinkedIn group is a great way for members to share information about yourself as a job seeker, connect with others, or share job opportunities!
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Run for the 2022 YPT-NYC Board!

Run for the 2022 YPT-NYC Board!

In October, YPT-NYC will be conducting elections for the 2022 term.


We need your talent and skills to ensure that YPT-NYC remains a thriving organization for our members for years to come! Being on the Board means you imagine and directly execute all of our activities and programming. YPT-NYC provides an exceptionally rewarding way to connect with like-minded professionals and contribute to something that you are passionate about. Also, it’s fun! Despite challenges with COVID-19 in the past year, we were still able to run a packed calendar of workshops, author talks, tours, skill shares, and happy hours! 

What exactly does being on the Board of Directors entail? 
Directors typically offer a time commitment of 3-5 hours per week. In addition to their position-specific duties, directors must participate in monthly Board of Directors meetings. The following positions will be up for election:

YPT NYC Board Positions 
(Click here for descriptions)
1. Chair 2. Deputy Chair3. Content Manager
4. Treasurer5. Professional Development Manager6. Membership Manager
7. Events and Programs Manager8. Communications Manager9. Social Media Manager
10. Partnerships Manager  

You can read more about our current YPT-NYC Board members on our website here.

How do I participate in the election?
To run for a position or vote in the election, you must be an active Member of YPT as of October 1, 2021. Check your membership status here, or join here. Membership is only $20/year and allows us to continue providing exceptional programming and events.

You also must complete a Candidate Submission Form, which includes a brief (~3 paragraph) candidate statement and select the position(s) that you would like to run for. To access the form, click this link: YPT Chapter Board Candidate Submission Form

What is the election timeline?

  • September 20, 2021 – Complete Candidate Submission Form
  • October 18, 2021 – Election ballots will be sent out by YPT International to eligible voting Members for all Chapter and International elections by 9:00 AM EDT. 
  • October 29, 2021 – 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, 2021 – December 31, 2021 – Board Transition Period
  • January 1, 2022 – New term begins for International and Chapter Boards.
  • December 31, 2022 – 2022 Term Concludes

Note that YPT International is also holding elections for YPT-International and Regional boards. Information regarding these positions has been sent out separately. If you are interested in these positions and did not receive the information, please reach out to deputy@yptransportation.org.

If you have any further questions, please reach out to any of the current board members or email yptnyc@gmail.com!

Best,
2021 YPT-NYC Board


Use the YPT LinkedIn group if you are #OpenToWork!

Our LinkedIn group is a great way for members to share information about yourself as a job seeker, connect with others, or share job opportunities!


Young Professionals in Transportation – New York City (YPT-NYC) is an 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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September 2021 News and Events

WHAT’S NEXT FOR OUR TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM?

With schools back in session in September, more commuters are going back to work in-person, and despite the on-going pandemic and new challenges brought by the delta variant, it seems as if our region’s resilience is being tested: 

  1. Will more commuters drive into the CBD, and will congestion increase along with associated air quality issues and increased commuting times? 
  2. Will the boom in bicycling continue, and will there be enough bike parking? 
  3. Will some companies continue to offer remote work options indefinitely? 
  4. Will customers return to transit? Will fares sustain service levels? Will ridership demand be met with enough service in areas with the most transit-dependency?

Share your perspective by commenting on our social media posts this week!

Rice Terraces, by Dasic Fernandez. Mural on Asphalt. 2021. Commissioned through NYCDOT Art’s Asphalt Art Activations initiative in partnership with NYCDOT Public Space and the Chinatown Partnership. This project is a State of the City commitment to bring beautifully designed public spaces to the top 33 neighborhoods across NYC hit the hardest by COVID-19, and it is located on Doyers Street between Pell Street and Bowery in Chinatown. @nyc_dotart 

UPCOMING YPT-NYC BOARD ELECTIONS

In October, YPT-NYC will be conducting elections to select our Board of Directors for the 2022 term. If you want to help YPT-NYC thrive next year, then consider running! (Or you could run for Regional or International YPT Board of Directors!) Board members typically commit 3-5 hours per week to their duties and attend monthly Board meetings. To either run for the Board or vote in the election, you must be an active member. Check your membership status here, or join here

Available YPT-NYC positions are listed here.
Submit an interest form to run for a Board position by Monday, September 20. 
Stay tuned for more details on YPT-NYC Board Elections in an email later this week! 


YPT-NYC SEPTEMBER EVENTS

Meatpacking District Open Streets Walking Tour 
Meet at Gansevoort Plaza at 2 9th Avenue

Thursday, September 9 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m
Register Here!

We will tour the Meatpacking District Open Street with our guide for the evening, Evan Sweet, Operations and Economic Development Manager of the Meatpacking Business Improvement District. Learn how the Meatpacking District is making space for people walking and biking and for public art on their streets. Come with questions, curiosity, and comfy footwear. After the tour we will grab some outdoor drinks in the neighborhood with your fellow YPT-NYC members! 
Mask policy: Fully vaccinated people are not required to wear a mask. However, masks may be required if we go indoors or in crowded areas. Unvaccinated people must wear a mask at all times.
Bring: mask, proof of vaccination, sunscreen, water


Outdoor Happy Hour
Meet at CultureLab LIC at the Plaxall Gallery
Thursday, September 23 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

Register Here!

Join us for another outdoor happy hour, this time at CultureLab, where we’ll enjoy live music, great food and drinks in Long Island City! Invite your friends and coworkers! 
Mask policy: Fully vaccinated people are not required to wear a mask. However, masks may be required if we go indoors or in crowded areas. Unvaccinated people must wear a mask at all times.
Bring: mask, proof of vaccination, sunscreen, water


Virtual Transportation Trivia
Thursday, September 30 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Register Here!

Do you find yourself unable to stop showing off facts about tunnel boring machines, airline mergers, and subway dogs? Do you crave recognition for your special knowledge? Join us for New York’s 12th Annual (Virtual) Transportation Trivia event — a joint activity supported by the local American Planning Association Transportation Committee (APA), Young Professionals in Transportation NYC (YPT-NYC), and the local Women’s Transportation Seminar Young Professionals Committee (WTS-GNY). Register to participate (registration closes on September 23) and look for the Zoom Meeting link in your inbox.


YPT-I MENTORING PROGRAM
Sign up now, and program launching in October
Register Here!

Forbes recently reported that while 76% of people think mentors are important, only 37% actually have one. We would like to change those numbers. We are thrilled to announce that YPT International has launched a mentorship program to help transportation professionals learn from other transportation professionals. We are eager to empower those with more experience to share their knowledge, skills, and professional journey. YPT-I will be accepting applications from interested transportation professionals. Please note that all mentees must be a YPT member but anyone in the transportation community can be a mentor. 


YYPT-NYC MEMBER PROFILE
Diane Xiao, PE, ENV SP: Project Engineer at VHB

Diane specializes in traffic and pedestrian analysis, and she has a background in Transit Signal Priority (TSP) projects and simulation modeling. She is passionate about Complete Streets, sustainable transportation, and pedestrian- and bicyclist-oriented design.

Q&A
 
1.    What is your favorite YPT-NYC event and why?  
 
I loved the YPT-NYC/WE Bike NYC Queens Bike Tour with NYCDOT! It was educational, and I got to bike with other transportation enthusiasts, which is always a good time. It was great to meet the community members behind the Open Street efforts on both 31st and 34th Avenues.
 
2. If you could snap your fingers and make one change to regional transportation, what would it be?
 
I love biking and the city has greatly improved its bike infrastructure. However, there seems to be a lack in the feedback system for maintenance, which sometimes makes it feel unsafe to ride in the bike lane and, in those cases, I end up riding in traffic. I wish I could snap my fingers and make NYC so bike-friendly that more people prefer to bike.  
 
3. What sparked your passion to work in the transportation industry?
 
I have always been passionate about sustainability. I remember hugging a tree on Earth Day in middle school! In many ways, transportation and climate change are linked. In the United States, transportation accounts for 29% of the nation’s total CO2 emissions (15-20% globally). Transportation engineering is still very car-centric, but I hope my work contributes to making the city more multi-modal.  
 
4. What are you working on that you’re most excited by?  
 
I introduced a model to prioritize sidewalk repairs around New York City Housing developments. We were able to build out a tool in ArcGIS that automated a ranking system based on inputs that accounted for both A project I worked on recently that still excites me was Princeton University’s Washington Road Planning Study. We looked at Washington Road, which will be the main north-south connection between the new campus and the existing campus. I was part of a team that created a comprehensive pedestrian, bicycle, and cart mobility plan for this new corridor.
 
5. What career advice would you give to other YPT’ers interested in your career path?
 
Get involved and stay active in professional organizations. Talk to people about things you care about and listen to others about their passions (it helps you realize what is important to you!) 
 
6. What famous celebrity do you think should be given the opportunity to voice an NYCT Subway Announcement?

 
I would whole-heartedly pick a comedian and then let them write the announcement script! 


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Member Profile: Diane Xiao

Diane Xiao, PE, ENV SP: Project Engineer at VHB

Diane is a Project Engineer at VHB. She specializes in traffic and pedestrian analysis with a background in Transit Signal Priority (TSP) projects and simulation modeling. She is passionate about Complete Streets, sustainable transportation, and pedestrian/bicyclist-oriented design.

Linkedin: dianexiao (https://www.linkedin.com/in/dianexiao/)

1. What is your favorite YPT-NYC event and why?  

I loved the YPT-NYC/WE Bike NYC Queens Bike Tour with NYCDOT. Not only was it educational, but I also got to bike with other transportation enthusiasts which is always a good time. It was great to meet and talk to the community members behind the Open Street efforts on 31st Avenue and 34th Avenue Open Street.

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

I love biking and the city has improved significantly in its bike infrastructure. However, there lacks a feedback system in the maintenance which often makes it feels more unsafe to bike on the bike lane than in traffic (glass, potholes, etc). I wish I could snap my fingers and make NYC so bike friendly that everyone prefers and WANTS to bike.

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

I have always been passionate about sustainability and climate change. I remember hugging a tree on Earth Day in middle school. In many ways, transportation and climate change goes hand in hand. In the United States, transportation accounts for 29% of the nation’s total emission (15-20% globally)1. A lot of the analyses and design we do are still car-centric. I hope to be part of the group that works in making the city more multimodal and greener.

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

A project I worked on recently that still excites me to talk about was the Princeton Washington Road Planning Study. We looked at Washington Road, which is the singular north-south connection that will bring the new campus to the existing campus (North Campus).  We created a comprehensive pedestrian, bicycle, and cart mobility plan for the Washington Road corridor.

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

I would say get involved and stay active in professional organizations. Talk to people about things you care about and learn about what other people are doing. Talking things through with people helps you realize what is important to you.


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

Full heartedly would pick a comedian and let them have free range on the script. Some suggestions from NY: Hannibal Buress, Chris Rock, Awkwafina. 

1 https://www.nationalgeographic.org/media/transportation-and-climate-change/

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August 2021 News and Events

SUMMER STAYCATION MOBILITY EDITION

We are a community that enjoys the journey just as much as the destination! If you’re sticking around this month and looking for fun ways to enjoy the summer, then look no further than exciting trips in our region by bike, ferry, tram, bus, subway or commuter rail! 

And during your summer staycation, now is a great time to engage with YPT-NYC! Our events, programming, social media, and LinkedIn forums foster community, professional development, and networking. If you’re job searching, stay engaged with us because the pandemic hiring freezes are now being lifted and new job postings continue to pop up! There have been several new job opportunities shared in YPT-NYC’s LinkedIn group, and our members support each other with networking, encouragement, and advice.

Postcards Sunset, by Paul Ker. New York, NY. Instagram @Lumn8tion.  

YPT-NYC AUGUST EVENTS

YPT-NYC, WE Bike NYC, and NYCDOT Bike Tour 
Sunday, 8/15, 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  (wheels-down at 11:30 a.m.) 
Register Here. 

For this ride, we are joined by staff from NYC DOT and volunteers from the 34th Ave Open Streets Coalition, who will guide us through the borough and showcase several of their recent projects, including the hugely successful 34th Avenue Open Street! We’ll gain insights into the implementation of bike infrastructure from conception to fruition. We’ll begin the ~5-mile ride at Queensbridge Park (find us at the south end of the park near Vernon Blvd and the Queensbridge Park Greenway) and ride through Astoria, Woodside, and finally end in Jackson Heights. After the ride, stick around for drinks and snacks at Queens Beer Factory.

Mask policy: Fully vaccinated people are not required to wear a mask while riding, however you may be required to wear a mask if we go indoors or at crowded ride stops. Unvaccinated people must wear a mask at all times.

What to bring: Your bike, helmet, mask, sunscreen, money for food/drinks, full water bottles.

Note: This is an all-gender ride open to all bicyclists of all experience levels.

Manhattan Meatpacking District Open Streets Tour 
Thursday, 8/19, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m 

Register Here. 

We will tour the Meatpacking District Open Street guided by Evan Sweet, Operations and Economic Development Manager of the Meatpacking Business Improvement District. Learn how the Meatpacking District is making space for people walking and biking and for public art on their streets. Come with questions, curiosity, and comfy footwear. Meet at 6:30 p.m. at Gansevoort Plaza (2 Ninth Avenue). After the tour we will grab some outdoor drinks in the neighborhood with your fellow YPT-NYC members! Location TBD. 

Mask policy: Fully vaccinated people are not required to wear a mask. However, masks may be required if we go indoors or in crowded areas. Unvaccinated people must wear a mask at all times.

What to bring: Mask, proof of vaccination, sunscreen, water.

Outdoor Happy Hour
Thursday, 8/26, 6:30 p.m to 8:30 p.m. 

Anchors away! Join us in West Harlem at Baylander Steel Beach for good conversations and maybe a sea shanty or two. Baylander Steel Beach is located on the deck of Baylander IX-514, which served in the Vietnam War and is now docked at West Harlem Piers on 125th Street on the Hudson River. Set sail for good vibes.


YPT-NYC MEMBER PROFILE 
Daniel Muniz, Acting Chief of Staff of the Sidewalk Program, New York City Department of Transportation

Daniel works for the New York City Department of Transportation where he has served as a Legal Consultant, Analyst, Senior Analyst, Deputy Director, and more recently as the Acting Chief of Staff for the Sidewalk Program. His current role focuses on Program Management, which includes budgeting, planning, project delivery, and, most importantly, the construction of sidewalks throughout all five boroughs of New York City. Improving New York City’s sidewalk infrastructure and making it more accessible to all pedestrians is the key driver of all his work.
 
1.    What is your favorite YPT-NYC event and why?  
 
YPT Happy Hour! Connecting with fellow transportation enthusiasts in a laid-back social setting allows everybody to network and share experiences. It’s the best way to get to know others and engage with people in the transportation field.
 
2. If you could snap your fingers and make one change to regional transportation, what would it be?
 
I am probably biased because I live in Rockland County, but being able to take a “one-seat” train ride directly into Manhattan without having to do multiple transfers would be a huge improvement. There are options available such as driving to Tarrytown or White Plains and taking Metro-North, or riding a Coach bus, but commute times aren’t the best. There is talk in Congress to change this, so I am hopeful this will come to fruition.  
 
3. What sparked your passion to work in the transportation industry?
 
The transportation industry lured me in when I started my first job as a Legal consultant assigned to the NYC Department of Transportation. I was researching trip and fall claims related to the City’s infrastructure and that’s where I first started learning about the Agency and its operations. I obtained a B.S. in International Relations and Politics, so naturally, my next step was to go to Law School. However, by the time I became an Analyst for the Sidewalk Program, my interest quickly shifted to Public Administration and Urban Planning. Understanding how our cities connect and how the movement of people influences community development was what ultimately pulled me into the transportation world.  
 
4. What are you working on that you’re most excited by?  
 
I introduced a model to prioritize sidewalk repairs around New York City Housing developments. We were able to build out a tool in ArcGIS that automated a ranking system based on inputs that accounted for both condition and demographic scores. This allowed us to factor equity more easily into the work we did. It’s been two years since we started piloting this new tool and we are looking to expand its use for other work we do. Shout out to the team of analysts and our Information Technology team for making that project a reality!
 
We are also working on a complete overhaul for all our internal databases and incorporating them all into one centralized system. Being a part of the engineering of a completely new system that will handle all our operations in a more efficient way is truly rewarding.
 
5. What career advice would you give to other YPT’ers interested in your career path?
 
Be curious and ask questions! Try to find an area that you feel most connected with and surround yourself with others that are already in the field. Networking events and socials may not be your cup of tea, but once you get out there and start making connections, it all becomes a lot easier.
 
6. What famous celebrity do you think should be given the opportunity to voice an NYCT Subway Announcement?

 
Samuel L. Jackson would be perfect.
 

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Our LinkedIn group is a great way for members to share information about yourself as a job seeker, connect with others, or share job opportunities!


Young Professionals in Transportation – New York City (YPT-NYC) is an 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 Muniz

Daniel Muniz works for the New York City Department of Transportation where he has served as a Legal Consultant, Analyst, Senior Analyst, Deputy Director, and more recently as the Acting Chief of Staff for the Sidewalk Program. His current role focuses on Program Management which includes budgeting, planning, project delivery, and most importantly – the construction of sidewalks throughout all five boroughs of New York City. Improving New York City’s sidewalk infrastructure and making it more accessible to all pedestrians is the key driver of all his work.

1.What is your favorite YPT-NYC event and why?  

I would say YPT Happy hour! Being able to connect with fellow transportation enthusiasts in a laid-back social setting allows everybody to network and share experiences. It’s the best way to get to know others and engage with people in the transportation field.

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

I am probably biased because I live in Rockland County but being able to take a “one-seat” train ride directly into Manhattan without having to do multiple connections/transfers would be a huge improvement. There are options available such as driving to Tarrytown/White Plains and taking Metro-North or riding a Coach bus but commute times aren’t the best. There is talk in Congress to change this, so I am hopeful this will come to fruition.

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

The transportation industry lured me in when I started my first job as a Legal consultant assigned to the NYC Department of Transportation. I was researching trip and fall claims related to the City’s infrastructure and that’s where I first started learning about the Agency and its operations. I obtained a B.S. in International Relations and Politics, so naturally, my next step was to go to Law School. However, by the time I became an Analyst for the Sidewalk Program, my interest quickly shifted to Public Administration and Urban Planning. Understanding how our cities connect and how the movement of people influences community development was what ultimately pulled me into the transportation world.

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

I introduced a model to prioritize sidewalk repairs around New York City Housing developments. We were able to build out a tool in ArcGIS that automated a ranking system based on inputs that accounted for both condition and demographic scores. This allowed us to factor equity more easily into the work we did. It’s been two years since we started piloting this new tool and we are looking to expand its use for other work we do. Shout out to the team of analysts and our Information Technology team for making that project a reality! We are also working on a complete overhaul for all our internal databases and incorporating them all into one centralized system. Being a part of the engineering of a completely new system that will handle all our operations in a more efficient way is truly rewarding.

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

Be curious and ask questions! Try to find an area that you feel most connected with and surround yourself with others that are already in the field. Networking events and socials may not be your cup of tea, but once you get out there and start making connections, it all becomes a lot easier.


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

Not sure why, but I feel Samuel L. Jackson would be a perfect fit for that role. 

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July News & Events

CELEBRATING INDEPENDENCE!

Between barbecues, fireworks, working from home, and/or returning to our offices this month, we reflect on the meaning of independence and what that means for us personally, for members of our professional community, and for the New York City region. 

At its best, transportation provides us with the independence to access our jobs, friends, family, school, groceries, health services, and more. For many, insufficient transportation options limit independence. We are reflecting on mobility throughout our region, and where there is seamless connectivity as well as where there may be harder to reach areas or mobility challenges. Connect with us on social media with your thoughts and ideas! 

Photo by Mike Szpot, 2021. Celebrating the Wins, Photography Exhibit. South Street Seaport. @illkoncept. 

YPT-NYC JULY EVENTS
 

Outdoor Happy Hour
Pier 5 Picnic Area at Brooklyn Bridge Park, July 22nd at 6:00 p.m.

Join YPT-NYC for a casual happy hour at the Pier 5 Picnic Area in Brooklyn Bridge Park on Thursday, July 22nd at 6:00 p.m. Come hang out and connect with some fellow YPT’ers. YPT will provide some drinks and snacks, but please feel free to bring anything else you would like for yourself (or to share). No fear — there will be bathrooms nearby!
Sign up here!

In-Person Subway Tours 

Join us to explore the purpose, politics, and possibilities of NYC’s public transportation infrastructure!

Tour highlights:

  • See how the subway and railroads continue to influence the planning and development of the NYC region of 20+ million people.
  • Learn about the history of the NYC subway as well as the PATH subway and the country’s busiest commuter railroads.
  • Discover today’s challenges, from governance to climate change, and learn about tomorrow’s possibilities for the region’s built environment.
  • Explore how the subway operates and learn about some of the technology keeping it moving 24/7.
  • Experience the design of new, old, and abandoned stations and uncover secrets hidden in plain sight.

Sign up is via Airbnb below:
Downtown Manhattan: Saturday, July 17th, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Midtown Manhattan: Saturday, July 24th, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Queens and Manhattan: Saturday, July 31st, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Registrants will receive details through Airbnb after signing up. Please feel free to attend one or all of the tours. Since there is a 10 person limit for each tour, kindly cancel if you’re no longer able to attend. Note that the price for YPT members is $1 (minimum to cover Airbnb’s insurance fee). Also, please bring a MetroCard with 1 loaded fare (or a device with OMNY contactless tap capability). Tours visit areas open to the public and do not access any restricted areas.

Transportation Research Forum NY: NJT “While You’ve Been Away” Virtual Presentation
Friday, July 23rd at 1:00 p.m.

Kevin S. Corbett, President & CEO of New Jersey Transit, will be discussing what NJT has done in terms of capital projects, technology advances, customer experience enhancements, and improvements in service, safety, and reliability to prepare the system for customers’ return as we emerge from the pandemic. Please RSVP to yptnyc@gmail.com before 7/23 and you will be emailed the access information from the Transportation Research Forum.

TransportationCamp PHL Summer Gathering (In-Person) 
Saturday July 24th 

Itching to get back out and explore? Maybe meet some people who aren’t Zoom icons? Great news – our friends at YPT Philly are running the first ever TransportationCamp PHL Summer Gathering on Saturday July 24th! Connect with other transportation enthusiasts and explore the great city of Philadelphia for a leisurely, transit-centric day. Bonus: if you take Amtrak there, check out the Moynihan Train Hall!


See more details and registration on Eventbrite!


YPT-NYC MEMBER PROFILE

Antonio Sieunarine, Analyst at MTA New York City Transit

Antonio Sieunarine is an Analyst at the Department of Subways Rail Control Center. His current work is focused on the Rail Control Center’s capital projects, including NYCT signal modernization efforts. Previously, Antonio worked for the Newark Downtown District BID as an urban planner, and he also worked in the aviation industry as an aerial survey pilot and mission specialist conducting LiDAR mapping across the continental United States. Antonio holds an MUP from CUNY Hunter College and a B.S. in Commercial Aviation from the University of North Dakota. In his free time, he enjoys hiking and running, and you can also find him staring at the sky anytime an airplane flies overhead. 

What is your favorite YPT-NYC event and why?  

My favorite YPT-NYC event is the summer tour series. I love them for two reasons: being able to host YPT-NYC tours at the Rail Control Center pre-pandemic, and being a participant in tours of other facilities. I am keeping my fingers crossed and looking forward to hosting YPT-NYC tours at the RCC again once it is safe to do so. 

How did your role at the MTA change during the pandemic?

The pandemic was a challenging time at the MTA, when many of my colleagues made the ultimate sacrifice. Their names should never be forgotten. I, along with members of my team, were part of the effort to set up a contact tracing effort within Service Delivery for our Train Operators, Conductors, Dispatchers, and other Service Delivery personnel. In addition to performing the duties of contact tracing, these calls to colleagues were also about being a caring and empathetic voice on the other end. Many of my colleagues were quarantined and alone, very sick, and appreciated having someone to talk to during such a difficult moment. The peak of the pandemic saw late nights and weekends where contact tracing calls were made. We knew we had the moral duty to do everything we could to protect and keep our fellow colleagues safe. View the MTA’s Virtual Covid Memorial here. 

What sparked your passion to work in the transportation industry? 

This world is an amazing place and the transportation industry facilitates my wandering nature. Whether it is a short trip locally or a different continent, the ability to experience unique things on a local, regional, and global level is one of the amazing things that the transportation industry enables. 

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

We are currently expanding the usable footprint of the Rail Control Center as we work towards centralization of control and signal modernization efforts across the B-Division (lettered lines). We will have one of the largest video walls by area once this project is completed. The video wall will allow us to manage service and assist in the incident handling process. I look forward to giving fellow YPT’ers a future tour of this space.   

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

I would advise a fellow YPT’er to remain curious and let that drive your career path. I have focused on the things I am passionate about and it has led to forward progress and career success. 


RECENT YPT-NYC EVENTS

Thanks to all the participants who joined us for the fun and educational events in June!

  • GIS/Illustrator Skill Share with Sam Sklar
  • June Subway Tours 
  • YPT-NYC Central Park Picnic
  • The Future of NYC Transportation System, a Conversation with Dick Ravitch
  • Virtual Tour: Historic NYC Aerial Imagery

Help us understand what skills our community wants to learn and share! If you have a skill or are interested in learning a skill, please let us know on our Skill Share Form.

CHECK YOUR MEMBERSHIP STATUS & RENEW TODAY!

Check your membership status here, or join here. Please consider registering with your personal email rather than your work or student email. Being an active member is $20 for the year and allows us to provide our membership with impactful programming. YPT-NYC is an official 501(c)(6) non-profit organization that provides benefits to its members through professional development, fellowship, and networking. 

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Use the YPT LinkedIn group if you are #OpenToWork! Our LinkedIn group is a great way for members to share information about yourself as a job seeker, connect with others, or share job opportunities!


Young Professionals in Transportation – New York City (YPT-NYC) is an 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