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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
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: 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.

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Member Profile: Sophie Maerowitz

Sophie Maerowitz (she/her)

Project Manager, Bicycles Unit, NYC Department of Transportation

For the better half of a decade, Sophie Maerowitz has advocated for better cycling, pedestrian, and bus infrastructure in New York City, having served on Transportation Alternatives’ Manhattan Activist Committee and on Manhattan Community Board 3’s Transportation Committee as a public member. Notable advocacy milestones have included the Chrystie Street two-way protected bike lane and the 14th Street Busway in Manhattan and City Council legislation mandating Open Streets permanence. 

In 2020, Sophie co-launched the Loisaida Open Streets Community Coalition, a volunteer group managing the operations and programming of Avenue B’s Open Street in Manhattan. 

Sophie graduated from CUNY Baruch College’s Marxe School of Public and International Affairs with a Masters of Public Administration in Fall 2021 and in April 2021 started as a Project Manager at the New York City Department of Transportation’s Bicycles Unit. A lifelong New Yorker, she holds a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

1. What is your favorite YPT-NYC memory?  


I attended a networking event as part of a larger multi-day conference and didn’t know anybody there, but swallowed my nerves,  walked over to a table of YPT members, and soon we were merrily talking bus infrastructure. It stuck with me that the group made an effort to make me feel included even though I come from the advocacy world rather than a traditional planning background.

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


Fewer and smaller cars in the roadway—prioritizing space for pedestrians, buses and bikes over less equitable street uses like free curbside parking for private vehicles. 


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

I started biking to work about 10 years ago and it woke me up to the unconscionable way we treat our most vulnerable road users. I became thoroughly invested in trying to promote safer, carbon-free, and carbon-light ways of getting around cities. 

While I’m by no means a hardcore cyclist—I’ve never completed a century ride, and can’t change a tire for my life—I firmly believe the best way to experience cities is by bike. Case in point: A close friend threw her bachelorette party in New Orleans during Mardi Gras, and I insisted we all try out their bikeshare system while we visited. Turned out it was the easiest and most fun way to hop between parade routes! I later noticed she added an e-bike to her wedding registry….Coincidence? I think not!


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


As a new recruit, I’ve been running support on some bike network expansions and improvements in the Bronx and Brooklyn, as well as on our new Bike the Block program which brings learn-to-ride and bike repairs to neighborhoods that have long been underserved by bike infrastructure. It’s awesome to see a new generation embrace active transportation!


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

Active transportation happens in the open air and is therefore social by nature. There are ample opportunities to meet like-minded people on group bike rides, Open Streets events and through volunteering and organizing at advocacy organizations like Transportation AlternativesOpen PlansRiders Alliance, and Families for Safe Streets. And Twitter has been a great place to meet planners, nonprofit pros, and advocates. Simply by using #bikenyc #OpenStreets hashtags, you can build out a great network of locals with their ears and eyes on the transportation beat.


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


I’ll level with you, I’m still kind of annoyed at Natasha Lyonne for her anti-bike lane comments a few years ago, but the newest season of Russian Doll is a love letter to the subway at a time it could really use a boost, so her iconic rasp would be a win in my book.

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June 2022 Newsletter

 
PRIDE + YPT
 
This month we celebrate members of YPT-NYC who also identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community. Pride is special, particularly in New York City, when, in 1970, New Yorkers commemorated the first anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising—located in Lower Manhattan. 

The event has grown into an annual, worldwide celebration and recognition of the LGBTQ+ community’s impact on history. Each June, communities and cities worldwide hold parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia, and concerts, which attract millions of people from all walks of life.
We want to extend recognition of the contributions LGBTQ+ transportation planners and engineers have made to our collective industries. We also want to acknowledge the challenges certain members of the LGBTQ+ community face when simply attempting to travel themselves. The fight against injustices—internal and external—is ongoing and we hope that in the future our transportation system will be planned for and by people who bring their authentic selves to work every day. 
For now, happy pride, and we hope you celebrate in your best way. 




Now, onto the goods. 


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

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




YPT-NYC is proud to introduce two exciting scholarship programs for members! Through the Young Scholars in Transportation program, YPT-NYC will make two awards of $500 each directly to selected students in the New York City metropolitan area. Applications are due at 11:59 p.m. on June 30, 2022 and selections will be announced by August 1. Applications will be accepted at this link.

YPT-NYC is also providing small cash awards to YPT-NYC members as reimbursement for travel expenses or registration fees for transportation-related conferences or other events of their choosing. Applications will be accepted in two rounds, ending at 11:59 p.m. on June 30 and September 30, 2022. Applications are accepted at this link. *Note that enrolled students are not eligible for this award, but are encouraged to apply to YPT-NYC’s Young Scholars in Transportation Award.*

Please contact scottrmiddleton@gmail.com with any questions.

JUNE EVENTS!

YPT Picnic and Lawn Games at the Great Lawn!
When?
Friday, June 24, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
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 (you won’t get a pin without registering!)


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 W81st Street or at E79th Street. See you there! 

LOVE JERSEY CITY? LOVE WALKING?


Stay tuned for YPT-WALKS II: The Walkening in July.


PARTNER EVENTS
 

YPT International Chair & CEO, William Wang, will lead a discussion with Amtrak President and CEO, Stephen Gardner, on Amtrak’s future and the New Era For Rail in the United States. YPT is hosting this event to discuss Amtrak’s implementation of Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding, meeting America’s evolving transportation needs, innovations in technology, and global best practices for investing in Passenger Rail. Most importantly for young professionals in the Transportation Industry, Mr. Gardner will share insights from his decades-long Transportation Career and share ways you can help United States passenger rail service grow. 

Register Here!


YPT’s MONTHLY MEMBER PROFILE.


Sophie Maerowitz (she/her)
Project Manager, Bicycles Unit
NYC Department of Transportation
For the better half of a decade, Sophie Maerowitz has advocated for better cycling, pedestrian, and bus infrastructure in New York City, having served on Transportation Alternatives’ Manhattan Activist Committee and on Manhattan Community Board 3’s Transportation Committee as a public member. Notable advocacy milestones have included the Chrystie Street two-way protected bike lane and the 14th Street Busway in Manhattan and City Council legislation mandating Open Streets permanence. 

In 2020, Sophie co-launched the Loisaida Open Streets Community Coalition, a volunteer group managing the operations and programming of Avenue B’s Open Street in Manhattan. 

Sophie graduated from CUNY Baruch College’s Marxe School of Public and International Affairs with a Masters of Public Administration in Fall 2021 and in April 2021 started as a Project Manager at the New York City Department of Transportation’s Bicycles Unit. A lifelong New Yorker, she holds a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

What is your favorite YPT-NYC memory? 
I attended a networking event as part of a larger multi-day conference and didn’t know anybody there, but swallowed my nerves,  walked over to a table of YPT members, and soon we were merrily talking bus infrastructure. It stuck with me that the group made an effort to make me feel included even though I come from the advocacy world rather than a traditional planning background.

If you could snap your fingers and make one change to regional transportation, what would it be? 
Fewer and smaller cars in the roadway—prioritizing space for pedestrians, buses and bikes over less equitable street uses like free curbside parking for private vehicles. 

What sparked your passion to work in the transportation industry?  
I started biking to work about 10 years ago and it woke me up to the unconscionable way we treat our most vulnerable road users. I became thoroughly invested in trying to promote safer, carbon-free, and carbon-light ways of getting around cities. 

While I’m by no means a hardcore cyclist—I’ve never completed a century ride, and can’t change a tire for my life—I firmly believe the best way to experience cities is by bike. Case in point: A close friend threw her bachelorette party in New Orleans during Mardi Gras, and I insisted we all try out their bikeshare system while we visited. Turned out it was the easiest and most fun way to hop between parade routes! I later noticed she added an e-bike to her wedding registry….Coincidence? I think not!

What are you working on that you’re most excited by?  
As a new recruit, I’ve been running support on some bike network expansions and improvements in the Bronx and Brooklyn, as well as on our new Bike the Block program which brings learn-to-ride and bike repairs to neighborhoods that have long been underserved by bike infrastructure. It’s awesome to see a new generation embrace active transportation!

What career advice would you give to other YPTers interested in your career path?
Active transportation happens in the open air and is therefore social by nature. There are ample opportunities to meet like-minded people on group bike rides, Open Streets events and through volunteering and organizing at advocacy organizations like Transportation AlternativesOpen PlansRiders Alliance, and Families for Safe Streets. And Twitter has been a great place to meet planners, nonprofit pros, and advocates. Simply by using #bikenyc #OpenStreets hashtags, you can build out a great network of locals with their ears and eyes on the transportation beat.

What famous celebrity do you think should be given the opportunity to voice a NYCT Subway Announcement? 
I’ll level with you, I’m still kind of annoyed at Natasha Lyonne for her anti-bike lane comments a few years ago, but the newest season of Russian Doll is a love letter to the subway at a time it could really use a boost, so her iconic rasp would be a win in my book.

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


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!”

CAN’T GET ENOUGH T-CAMP? LOVE PHILLY?
The TCPHL22 team is pleased to be hosting our second-annual Summer Gathering event on Saturday, July 23, 2022.

Register Here!

The event is open to recent and former attendees of TransportationCamp PHL, members of YPT chapters from Philadelphia and beyond, and their friends and family. (Yes, we’re family-friendly, and have had some families join!)

Are you a local or looking to make a long weekend out of it? Our event is designed to help you make the most out of your time in the Philadelphia region.

We’re ecstatic to be seeing you in person in July. Let the summer fun commence!

Tickets are complimentary; there is no charge to participate, although food, transportation, and admission to any activities (e.g. museums, events, sports) are not included.


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!

YPT-NYC LINKEDIN
Are you #OpenToWork? Are you #Hiring? Check out all of the exciting job postings in our YPT LinkedIn Group! It’s a great way for members to share information about themselves as job seekers and connect with other YPT-NYC members!

…PSST. LET US KNOW WHAT YOU WANT.
We want to hear from you! While we’ve got our contact form on the website, I’d like to introduce a new way for members to contact us with ideas, thoughts—anything—via a virtual suggestion box. Let us know what you’d like to see this year! I’ll be checking this every two weeks.

Young Professionals in Transportation – New York City (YPT-NYC) is the local chapter of Young Professionals in Transportation International, a nonprofit coalition of organizations, which helps professional development, fellowship, and networking for young professionals in the transportation field. YPT-NYC’s members keep the Greater New York City region moving while providing a space for growing skills, sharing knowledge, and expanding professional networks.

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Member Profile: Priyanshu Sharma

Priyanshu Sharma

Urban Planner & Designer at Equitable Cities

Priyanshu is an urban planner and designer at Equitable Cities who specializes in transportation planning, design, data analysis, and visualization. He holds a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University’s Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Planning from CEPT University, India. His work and research primarily focus on transportation planning and design, land use, spatial analysis, and data analysis and visualization. Moreover, his academic and professional experience in the planning profession has also inculcated the art value of good communication, which is not limited to maps, visuals, and interactive platforms, but also persuasive and engaging storytelling for our communities.

1. What is your favorite YPT-NYC memory?  


It was fascinating how I joined this group. I had an opportunity to speak with some New York-based transportation professionals during one of the career workshops. After that session, I contacted that person on LinkedIn to ask more questions about transportation planning opportunities. And they recommended that I join this group, and I’ve been a member of the YPT-NYC group for a year now. I am always on the lookout for new opportunities and events within the group. And it was really helpful. It’s wonderful to be a part of this and to be able to share and learn from the other group members. I’m excited to meet some of them in person.

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


When it comes to planning, there are many things I’d like to change, but having last-mile connectivity would be interesting if I had to specify changes for regional transportation. Create active transportation or bike-share programs that connect our neighborhoods to major transit stations, for example. I believe that the way we plan our cities, particularly in suburban areas (which encompasses the majority of America), has made us overly reliant on automobiles, and that small changes can make a significant difference. Cities and communities will benefit from differences not only in terms of connectivity, but also in terms of economy, environment, and improving public health.


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

People spend an ample amount of time of their day on the streets or commuting through various modes to reach their destinations. It is intriguing for me while commuting to observe people and see how people respond to their surroundings.After my undergraduate degree in planning, I spent considerable time living in two metro cities i.e. Mumbai and Bangalore for work. On one of the monsoon days, while heading back home, as I was getting down to my metro station suddenly it started pouring heavily and everyone was rushing towards finding a safe place and tried gathering under a cantilever. Some held their bags on their head to try to escape the rain. I was amazed when I saw that chaos. That day I realized the role of urban professionals in planning and designing cities beyond just the provision of infrastructure to create livable environments where people can stop, pause and play instead of just treating them as spaces they need to pass by to reach their destinations.These encounters reasonably entrenched my interest in planning and design, especially in transport and urban design where I, as an urban planner and designer, can create a better urban environment by working on the most used public spaces and transit systems.


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


I don’t know where to begin, but I suppose being a young professional in this fraternity, I got an opportunity to work in a diverse sector and with some really amazing people. To start with now, a lot of my work focuses on transportation equity, planning, and research which is exciting. Previously, I had an opportunity to work with the NYC Ferry team where I was responsible for developing a framework for the database system to facilitate the operation and maintenance of the waterfront development and ferry projects. Before that, I provided technical assistance in the implementation of a micro-mobility project for the City of Newark. So, these two work experiences were really fulfilling because I was involved in the planning throughout the project. But prior to that, I had two years of work experience in the field of planning, design, and research in India, where I worked in different capacities with social entrepreneurs, planning organizations, and research institutions.


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

I would definitely say build your technical skills, as it will be helpful to brand yourself while giving interviews or working with the team. Don’t limit yourself to your area of interest, especially during the initial years of your career. Find out what opportunities you think are right for you, learn new things, and broaden your skills and knowledge. It will boost your network and help you to identify your area of interest because in the real world things are very different from the academic world.


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


It would be amazing to hear the announcement in Abel Makkonen Tesfaye’s Voice aka “The Weeknd” or Alicia Keys since her work is strongly associated with New York.

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May 2022 Newsletter

 
THIS MONTH WE CELEBRATE BIKES AND THE PEOPLE WHO RIDE THEM.
 
tl;dr: Bike to Work week is May 16-22 (with an extra special day on May 20). Learn more about other events and ways to get involved here.

May is Bike Month. This month we celebrate all the progress we’ve made making our roads safer and more fun for people through the lens of cycling (and also acknowledge the work yet to be done). 

Bikes are freedom, bikes are fun, bikes are for everyone, and the more people we can commit to this way of thinking, the better our collective futures can be. It’s going to require decades of work, but that’s what’s so great about being the young professionals: we can spend our lives doing the work we love to make the world better for everyone. Ride on.



Now, onto the goods. 


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

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




YPT-NYC is proud to introduce two exciting scholarship programs for members! Through the Young Scholars in Transportation program, YPT-NYC will make two awards of $500 each directly to selected students in the New York City metropolitan area. Applications are due at 11:59 p.m. on June 30, 2022 and selections will be announced by August 1. Applications will be accepted at this link.

YPT-NYC is also providing small cash awards to YPT-NYC members as reimbursement for travel expenses or registration fees for transportation-related conferences or other events of their choosing. Applications will be accepted in two rounds, ending at 11:59 p.m. on June 30 and September 30, 2022. Applications are accepted at this link. *Note that enrolled students are not eligible for this award, but are encouraged to apply to YPT-NYC’s Young Scholars in Transportation Award.*

Please contact scottrmiddleton@gmail.com with any questions.

MAY AND EARLY JUNE EVENTS!

May Happy Hour
When?
Thursday, May 12, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Where?
Alewife Brewing, 41-11 39th Street, Queens NY (Sunnyside)
How? Register here
… or just show up!



Join us for our May Happy Hour at Alewife Brewing in Sunnyside, Queens! Alewife Brewing is a brewery and taproom serving a wide range of craft beer styles in a beerhall setting with pinball, arcade games, live sports, and rotating food trucks.

For us transit nerds, Alewife is also just across the street from Sunnyside Yard. Take a walk over the 39th Street Bridge to take a peek at the tracks! See you then!

YPT-NYC Presents: Skill Sharing – Python + GIS with Mark Bauer

When?
Tuesday, May 17, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Where? 
Online via Zoom
How?
Register here



Curious about how to visualize and quantify transportation and climate challenges? Join YPT-NYC skill-share to learn the basics of GIS + Python! This is a follow-up from our wildly popular workshop in November and will be hosted by the amazing Mark Bauer! It is free to attend; please register on Eventbrite!

About Mark: Mark Bauer, a Data Scientist at First Street Foundation, will host a skillshare, demonstrating how GIS and Python can be used to visualize transportation and climate data. During the session, Mark will walk through a demonstration of how to quantify flood risk within NYC streets/subways using GIS and Python. This is a virtual event targeted at people with no previous Python experience. Instruction to follow.


YPT-NYC x WE Bike NYC x NYCDOT Brooklyn Bike Tour
When? Saturday June 4, 1:00pm – 3:30pm
Where? Meet at Foley Square, Lafayette St. & Centre St.
How? Register here



We will be joined by staff from NYC DOT and members of the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council, who manage the Vanderbilt Ave Open Street.

We’ll begin this ~4 mile ride at Foley Square in Manhattan and ride over the dedicated bike lane on the Brooklyn Bridge. The ride will continue through Brooklyn and will end at the hugely successful Vanderbilt Ave Open Street. Along the way, we will gain insights into the implementation of bicycle infrastructure from conception to fruition.

After the ride, stick around to join fellow YPT and WE Bike NYC members for drinks and snacks on the Vanderbilt Ave. open street.

*Please bring: Helmet, mask, sunscreen, money for food/drinks, full water bottles.*
Note: This is an all-gender ride open to bicyclists of all experience levels. Helmets are required.


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

PARTNER EVENTS
 
ACEC New York Emerging Leaders/Young Professionals Industry Networking Event
When? Thursday May 31, 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Where? The Keg Room, 53 W 36th St, New York, NY
How? Register here
 
Network and connect with ACEC NY, ACEC NJ, ASHE and fellow YPT members! All attendees will receive two (2) drink tickets. Scroll halfway down to see the “Emerging Leaders Networking Event.”


YPT’s MONTHLY MEMBER PROFILE.


Priyanshu Sharma
Urban Planner & Designer at Equitable Cities

Priyanshu is an urban planner and designer at Equitable Cities who specializes in transportation planning, design, data analysis, and visualization. He holds a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University’s Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Planning from CEPT University, India. His work and research primarily focus on transportation planning and design, land use, spatial analysis, and data analysis and visualization. Moreover, his academic and professional experience in the planning profession has also inculcated the art value of good communication, which is not limited to maps, visuals, and interactive platforms, but also persuasive and engaging storytelling for our communities. 

What is your favorite YPT-NYC memory? 
It was fascinating how I joined this group. I had an opportunity to speak with some New York-based transportation professionals during one of the career workshops. After that session, I contacted that person on LinkedIn to ask more questions about transportation planning opportunities. And they recommended that I join this group, and I’ve been a member of the YPT-NYC group for a year now. I am always on the lookout for new opportunities and events within the group. And it was really helpful. It’s wonderful to be a part of this and to be able to share and learn from the other group members. I’m excited to meet some of them in person.

If you could snap your fingers and make one change to regional transportation, what would it be? 
When it comes to planning, there are many things I’d like to change, but having last-mile connectivity would be interesting if I had to specify changes for regional transportation. Create active transportation or bike-share programs that connect our neighborhoods to major transit stations, for example. I believe that the way we plan our cities, particularly in suburban areas (which encompasses the majority of America), has made us overly reliant on automobiles, and that small changes can make a significant difference. Cities and communities will benefit from differences not only in terms of connectivity, but also in terms of economy, environment, and improving public health.

What sparked your passion to work in the transportation industry?  
After my undergraduate degree in planning, I spent considerable time living in two metro cities i.e. Mumbai and Bangalore for work. On one of the monsoon days, while heading back home, as I was getting down to my metro station suddenly it started pouring heavily and everyone was rushing towards finding a safe place and tried gathering under a cantilever. Some held their bags on their head to try to escape the rain. I was amazed when I saw that chaos. That day I realized the role of urban professionals in planning and designing cities beyond just the provision of infrastructure to create livable environments where people can stop, pause and play instead of just treating them as spaces they need to pass by to reach their destinations.

What are you working on that you’re most excited by?  
I don’t know where to begin, but I suppose being a young professional in this fraternity, I got an opportunity to work in a diverse sector and with some really amazing people. To start with now, a lot of my work focuses on transportation equity, planning, and research which is exciting. Previously, I had an opportunity to work with the NYC Ferry team where I was responsible for developing a framework for the database system to facilitate the operation and maintenance of the waterfront development and ferry projects. Before that, I provided technical assistance in the implementation of a micro-mobility project for the City of Newark. So, these two work experiences were really fulfilling because I was involved in the planning throughout the project. But prior to that, I had two years of work experience in the field of planning, design, and research in India, where I worked in different capacities with social entrepreneurs, planning organizations, and research institutions. 

What career advice would you give to other YPTers interested in your career path?
I would definitely say build your technical skills, as it will be helpful to brand yourself while giving interviews or working with the team. Don’t limit yourself to your area of interest, especially during the initial years of your career. Find out what opportunities you think are right for you, learn new things, and broaden your skills and knowledge. It will boost your network and help you to identify your area of interest because in the real world things are very different from the academic world.

What famous celebrity do you think should be given the opportunity to voice a NYCT Subway Announcement? 
It would be amazing to hear the announcement in Abel Makkonen Tesfaye’s Voice aka “The Weeknd” or Alicia Keys since her work is strongly associated with New York.

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!”

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!

YPT-NYC LINKEDIN
Are you #OpenToWork? Are you #Hiring? Check out all of the exciting job postings in our YPT LinkedIn Group! It’s a great way for members to share information about themselves as job seekers and connect with other YPT-NYC members!

…PSST. LET US KNOW WHAT YOU WANT.
We want to hear from you! While we’ve got our contact form on the website, I’d like to introduce a new way for members to contact us with ideas, thoughts—anything—via a virtual suggestion box. Let us know what you’d like to see this year! I’ll be checking this every two weeks.

Young Professionals in Transportation – New York City (YPT-NYC) is the local chapter of Young Professionals in Transportation International, a nonprofit coalition of organizations, which helps professional development, fellowship, and networking for young professionals in the transportation field. YPT-NYC’s members keep the Greater New York City region moving while providing a space for growing skills, sharing knowledge, and expanding professional networks.