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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.

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Member Profile: Eric Rago

Eric Rago

Director, Location Partnerships & Strategy at Getaround

“I currently work for Getaround, a leading car-sharing company that operates in over 950 cities worldwide. I lead our public partnerships, private partnerships, strategy, and operations teams. These teams are focused on creating partnerships to grow carshare from a single hotel to entire cities. Prior to joining Getaround, I was one of the first employees for ParkWhiz, a platform that makes it easy to find, book, and pay for parking, where I helped scale the company nationally and launched the NYC market.”

1. What is your favorite YPT-NYC memory?  


I really enjoy all the great panels where we can learn from thought leaders in transportation. I am looking forward to meeting more of the YPT-NYC community in person.  

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


Increase the utilization of curb space by reserving more for Open Streets, restaurants, loading zones, and shared mobility like carshare, bikeshare, and micromobilty.   


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

At a young age, I struggled to understand why traffic and congestion couldn’t be solved. This led me to join a startup to help reduce congestion by directing cars to off-street parking. From there I was hooked, now I collect subway cards and look at parking garages wherever I travel. 


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


Getaround’s vision is to make cities and communities better places to live, which means bringing affordable transportation options to NYC and other cities. Transportation is the second-highest cost for households. Increasing shared mobility in areas that have few accessible transportation options means a more equitable transportation network. I’m proud that Getaround rates are significantly less than other carshare providers and can help extend the reach of fixed-route transit. 


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

Find an organization that you are passionate about and find a way to get your foot in the door. Do not focus on the initial title or role, instead put yourself in a position to prove your value and the rest will work itself out. If you’re passionate about reducing traffic and bringing mobility options to cities, our team is growing!


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


Mars Blackmon, AKA Spike Lee with a cameo from Michael Jordan. [Ed. This would be sick.]

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April 2022 Newsletter

 
April Is Distracted Driving Month.

Traffic fatalities are way up nationally (including pedestrian fatalities, see below) and without serious intervention at the Federal, state, and local levels, this number can, and most likely will, continue to rise. New York’s traffic fatalities have similarly increased and are more heavily reported on, too. If you’re receiving this newsletter, you’re connected to the transportation space, so this statistic is likely not new to you. However, we’ve all got family and friends who drive daily (despite our pleas to bike, walk, and/or take transit) as part of their commute. What can we do to work towards Vision Zero?


We want these numbers to go DOWN. Source.

What Can You Do About It?
Luckily, the National Safety Council has provided a smattering of information, events, and little nudges we can all use to help our loved ones pay more attention to their commutes and to the world around them while they’re behind the wheel of their 4,000-pound metal death machine. To name a few: 
Commit to driving distraction-free by taking the NSC Just Drive Pledge. Raising awareness is good! 
Twitter Chat: Participate in the Distracted Driving Awareness Month Twitter Chat at 11 a.m. CDT on 4/13. Join NSC and others on Twitter to hear from experts, ask questions about distracted driving and engage with other organizations focused on keeping their workers safe behind the wheel. Use the hashtag: #JustDrive22 in all of your posts during the chat.
5-Minute Safety Talk and accompanying presentation:  Keep the focus on the reality of distracted driving by starting a meeting with this safety talk and ready-to-use presentation. Grab a blindfold to really illustrate the point. Download the Safety Talk and the Presentation.
Quiz: After engaging your workers with these resources for the month, put their knowledge to the test with this quiz on distracted driving risks. Download the quiz.

Look, is this goofy? A little. But it’s going to take all of us—not just planners, engineers, and policymakers—to achieve Vision Zero.
Thank you for coming to my Ted Talk.

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!


APRIL AND EARLY MAY EVENTS!

Revel EV Charging Hub Tour
When?
Saturday April 16, 12:00pm – 1:30pm  
Where?
467 Marcy Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11206
How? Register here
to receive the meeting link



Want a tour of the EV charging future of NYC? 

YPT-NYC will be offering a free tour courtesy of Revel, a Brooklyn-born micromobility and now, ridehailing company. 

Did you know that:
Revel runs the largest universal fast charging hub in North America!
Revel owns its own fleet of Teslas for its ridehailing service, which are charged using the 25 fast chargers at the Superhub.
In contrast to many other fast charging sites in New York City, there is no entrance fee or cost for parking. All you pay for is the electricity itself which is $0.39 per kilowatt hour plus tax.
Learn more here.
 
NB! The tour maximum is 40 people: first come, first served! Come learn about Revel’s hub and EV business strategy first-hand! 



YPT-NYC Book Talks: Trains, Buses, People with Christof Spieler
When?
Thursday April 21, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Where?
Virtual Event on Zoon
How? Register here




YPT-NYC will be hosting Christof Spieler to discuss his book, Trains, Buses, People!

In the book, Spieler analyses every rail transit and bus rapid transit system in the United States and Canada — and shows how to make transit successful. Now, there’s a new second edition!
Have questions for Prof. Spieler? Want to know more about this awesome atlas? Join us for a Zoomside chat on April 21st! Register on Eventbrite now!



YPT -NYC Happy Hour (Board Games Edition!)
When?
Thursday April 28, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Where? 
Zombie Hut, 273 Smith St. Brooklyn, NY 11231
How?
Register here.. or just show up



Welcome the arrival of spring with our April Happy Hour at a tiki bar! This month, we also encourage you to bring your own board games – bonus points if they’re transportation themed. We will be at Zombie Hut in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, on April 28th.

We’ll provide light appetizers and some of our favorite board games, too!



Special Seminar!

Transportation and Equity, including racism in transportation, with Dr. Regan Patterson
When? Thursday, May 5 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Where? Where else but Zoom
How? Register here



YPT-NYC will be hosting Dr. Regan Patterson for a special discussion on Transportation and Equity, including racism in transportation, at lunchtime on May 5th. 

About Dr. Patterson: Dr. Regan F. Patterson is the Transportation Equity Research Fellow at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF), where she conducts intersectional transportation policy analysis and research. She is an industry expert on issues relating to environmental justice, transportation equity, and air pollution. 



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
From YPT Mid-Atlantic: Fireside Chat with Tom Dallessio, Found of nextcity.org
When? Tuesday, April 26, 6:00pm to 7:00 pm
Where? Virtual on Zoom
How? Register here
 
 

Please join YPT Mid-Atlantic for a virtual “fireside chat” with Tom Dallessio, former publisher of NextCity.org and adjunct professor at Rutgers University, Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. 

This informal conversation will discuss the role of journalism and nonprofit advocacy in transportation and urban planning, and how planners and engineers can effect change through these channels. This will be a lively and current discussion!
 


MTA JOBS INFO + EXPO
When? Wednesday, April 13, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Where? Doris C. Freedman Plaza, Central Park (5th Ave. & E. 60th St)
How? Register here




There will be an invite-only expo that follows this online session for candidates. Please see more information at that link.

 


YPT’s MONTHLY MEMBER PROFILE.



Eric Rago
Director, Location Partnerships & Strategy at Getaround

“I currently work for Getaround, a leading car-sharing company that operates in over 950 cities worldwide. I lead our public partnerships, private partnerships, strategy, and operations teams. These teams are focused on creating partnerships to grow carshare from a single hotel to entire cities. Prior to joining Getaround, I was one of the first employees for ParkWhiz, a platform that makes it easy to find, book, and pay for parking, where I helped scale the company nationally and launched the NYC market.”


What is your favorite YPT-NYC memory?  

I really enjoy all the great panels where we can learn from thought leaders in transportation. I am looking forward to meeting more of the YPT-NYC community in person.  

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

Increase the utilization of curb space by reserving more for Open Streets, restaurants, loading zones, and shared mobility like carshare, bikeshare, and micromobilty.   

What sparked your passion to work in the transportation industry?

At a young age, I struggled to understand why traffic and congestion couldn’t be solved. This led me to join a startup to help reduce congestion by directing cars to off-street parking. From there I was hooked, now I collect subway cards and look at parking garages wherever I travel. 

What are you working on that you’re most excited by? 
 
Getaround’s vision is to make cities and communities better places to live, which means bringing affordable transportation options to NYC and other cities. Transportation is the second-highest cost for households. Increasing shared mobility in areas that have few accessible transportation options means a more equitable transportation network. I’m proud that Getaround rates are significantly less than other carshare providers and can help extend the reach of fixed-route transit. 

What career advice would you give to other YPTers interested in your career path?

Find an organization that you are passionate about and find a way to get your foot in the door. Do not focus on the initial title or role, instead put yourself in a position to prove your value and the rest will work itself out. If you’re passionate about reducing traffic and bringing mobility options to cities, our team is growing!

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

Mars Blackmon, AKA Spike Lee with a cameo from Michael Jordan. [Ed. This would be sick.]





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: Axel Hellman

Axel Hellman

Co-Founder and Special Vice President of Lines at Rally OurBus

A co-founder and I started OurBus, one of the leading brands for intercity bus service in the Northeast. We are a tech and marketing platform and do not actually own any buses—they are contracted out. We recently merged with Rally, another tech platform for bus trips, to become Rally OurBus. I went to college in California (USC) but have been in the NYC area since. If you need a ticket to Boston, Washington, or anywhere else in the region let me know!

1. What is your favorite YPT-NYC memory?  


I’ve enjoyed the happy hours in 2021 more than before. After the first couple of lockdowns, this type of human contact was really something I appreciated!

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


I’ve become so jaded at the slow pace of progress that it’s hard to think about this! This answer is self-interested, but I would restore the Decamp commuter bus to Port Authority that used to stop on my corner. It has been suspended for 2 years now. I live in the suburbs but before COVID, in the right conditions, I could take that bus and get home in 40 minutes. 


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

I was always interested in transportation, but what opened my eyes was doing a summer internship at NJ Transit in the Bus Service Planning department.  It taught me a lot that I still use on a day-to-day basis at Rally OurBus.


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


We have a microtransit pilot in-house called OurBus Door to Door.


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

Choose a very specific, niche thing that no one else is recognized as an expert in. If you focus on it, it is very easy to become the world’s greatest expert in that one tiny area
 
6. What famous celebrity do you think should be given the opportunity to voice a NYCT Subway Announcement?


Bernie Sanders. His classic Brooklyn accent would be perfect for this.

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March 2022 Newsletter

 
Happy Women’s History Month, YPTers! 

This month, we spotlight women’s impact on the transportation profession. There’s a long history of great changes in our field through the leadership of people who identify as women. We celebrate these milestones with great joy and recognize that we have work to do to remove bias from our industry—we’re still fighting for gender equality in transportation both on the professional side and on the user’s side.
Last year, YPT-NYC celebrated several women from NYC who were appointed to leadership roles in the U.S. Department of Transportation: Polly Trottenberg, Meera Joshi, Nuria Fernandez, Diana Lopez, Dani Simons—more than ever in history!

This year we applaud their progress with USDOT’s Justice40 Initiative, the RAISE grant program, increasing port infrastructure, as well as increasing funding for transit infrastructure across the country through the bipartisan Infrastructure Bill.  And we celebrate all of the women in NYC working towards pushing that agenda forward and the projects of all sizes that are making big progress for our region. We also remember and honor the great achievements of women who blazed the path.


More than half of the U.S. population are women, and more than 50% of transit passengers too—but a 2019 report from the Mineta Transportation Institute revealed women make up less than 15% of all transportation workers, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics reports women made up 24.1% of the “Transportation and Utilities” category in 2020—which includes sectors like trucking (12.4% women), air transportation (31.6%), and rail (7.4%), among others. Source.
 

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!


MARCH AND EARLY APRIL EVENTS!

Finding My Way to Transportation
Moderated By Jerome Horne, Director of Transit Leadership Development for TransitCenter
When?
Thursday March 10, 5:00pm – 6:00pm  
Where?
Virtual Event on Zoom
How? Register here
to receive the meeting link



YPT-NYC is pleased to present “Transportation as a Career,” a panel discussion featuring seasoned transportation professionals who may have gotten their start in ways that you didn’t expect!
Our panelists come from diverse backgrounds but share a common interest in encouraging underrepresented groups to consider transportation as a career, as widening the talent pool is more critical now than ever before!
Whether you are considering transportation as a career path as a student and would love some advice, you’re thinking of a career pivot, or simply interested in hearing our panelists’ stories, please feel welcome to join us!

AICP CM Credits are available for this event!

Happy Hour Mixer with WTS -GNY
Celebrating Women’s History Month
When?
Wednesday March 23, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Where?
TALEA Beer Co., 87 Richardson St. Brooklyn, NY
How? Register here



Join us for our first in-person event of 2022 at TALEA Beer Co! 
YPT-NYC is excited to co-host this event with the Women’s Transportation Seminar Greater New York Chapter (WTS-GNY)!
Let’s get together to make new connections, celebrate women in transportation, and have a beverage at TALEA Beer Co. on Wed. March 23, starting at 6:00pm. Free delicious snacks await you!
ABOUT TALEA: After years of browsing beer aisles and visiting breweries, they (LeAnn and Tara, TALEA’s proprietors) found that despite the booming craft beer market, no breweries were actively trying to speak to customers like them. From confusing packaging and bearded bros with attitudes to dark, industrial taprooms, the male-dominated industry was lacking an approachable, inclusive perspective and voice.
**Please note any vaccination requirements that may exist at the venue and bring identification and proof accordingly.

YPT Global Transportation Priorities: Autonomous Vehicles in the 21st Century Series Presents…

“Autonomous Vehicles & the Future of Global Sustainable Mobility”


When?
Thursday March 24, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Where? 
Hybrid In-Person / Virtual Event on Zoom
How? Follow YPT-International
on LinkedIn for imminent registration details.



Autonomous vehicles will possibly have the most transformative impact on the transportation industry and society at large in the 21st century. Will they contribute to a more sustainable and accessible society or will they exacerbate the transportation issues we face today? Join us for a discussion on the future of autonomous vehicles with Sam “Gridlock Sam” Schwartz, founder and consultant of Sam Schwartz Engineering, and William Wang, Chair & CEO of Young Professionals in Transportation International and Schwarzman Scholar. Daniel Weiss, senior rail project manager at Arup, moderates.

YPT Members who RSVP and attend this event, virtually or in-person will be entered into a raffle to receive a free signed copy of Sam “Gridlock Sam” Schwartz’s critically acclaimed book: No One at the Wheel: Driverless Cars and the Road of the Future. 5 YPT Members will receive free signed copies of his book. 

**You must be a current YPT member before the event to qualify for the book giveaway.

YPT-NYC Presents…

YPT Walks! A new group walk initiative
When? Saturday April 2, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Where? Meeting Point: 33rd St and 8th Ave (on steps outside Moynihan Train Hall)
How? Register here


YPT-NYC is excited to host “YPT Walks,” a series of group walks with other YPTers in the area. Our agenda is casual: to give you an excuse to explore the city, to mingle with other YPTers, and to discuss & think about the spaces in your community!
For our inaugural walk, we will be strolling through Midtown West Manhattan! Been to Midtown a gazillion times? Us too—but the Midtown we know today is different from what’s planned for tomorrow! Filled with transportation infrastructure gems, our stops will include:

Penn Station/Moynihan Train Hall/future Penn Station Area
Port Authority Bus Terminal (did you know there’s a bowling alley?)
Lincoln Tunnel (see how many buses you can count!)
West Side Yard/Hudson Yards/Gateway Tunnel/Midtown West (what’s next?)

Our walk will be led by YPT-NYC board members Kristy Tu and Sam Sklar. All are welcome! Bring your trivia tidbits, PABT stories, and exploring shoes.
We will end at an establishment in the area for refreshments and networking.


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
 
Tech Talk: Let’s Innovate the Last Mile
When? Thursday March 17 5:30pm to 6:30
Where? Virtual on Zoom, please email for link
 
The Tech Talk will focus on CALSTART’s Innovative Mobility initiative, which advocates for lightweight and shared modes for last-mile passenger and goods movement as well as enhanced public transit. The guest speaker will be Al Beatty, AICP

Al is a Senior Project Manager at CALSTART, and is focused on mobility, equity, and the environment.

The talk will be moderated by Syd Chan, a passionate transportation professional who is interested in transportation planning, engineering, traffic safety, transit, freight movement, and professional mentorship.

Pending approval for 1 CM Credit
 


WE Bike to Monumental Women, led by WE Bike NYC
When? Saturday March 19 11:00am – 2:30pm
Where? Doris C. Freedman Plaza, Central Park (5th Ave. & E. 60th St.)
How? Register here

Please Note: This ride is open to women, female-identifying, and gender-nonconforming folks only.

Did you know there are at least 125 statues of historical figures in NYC, but only six of them are of real women? Join WE Bike NYC as WE ride around Manhattan to visit these monuments and learn a bit about the women who inspired their metal counterparts.
WE’ll meet at the southeast corner of Central Park, ride north to Harlem and make our way back down to Bryant Park.
The route will be approximately 10 miles, with a photo opp and mini-history lesson stop at each statue.
WE’ll be riding mostly on bike lanes but participants should be comfortable biking in traffic. 
Please bring water and your helmet. (Helmets are required.)
All riders are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. WE will be checking vaccine cards/apps. 
 
 
Transportation Camp PHL 2022
When? Saturday March 26 9:30am – 4:00pm
Where? Virtual on Zoom.
How? More information here.
 
Whether you work in the industry or simply have an interest, we welcome you [in spirit] to our nation’s birthplace at the center of the NEC for a day filled with ideas at the intersection of transportation, technology, and urbanism. As always, the participant-driven TransportationCamp conference series follows the “unconference” format, lending itself to a more pertinent, thought-provoking, and active event.

This is not your normal conference. And it’s NOT some webinars on a Saturday.

Organized by passionate Philadelphians in conjunction with the Philadelphia Chapter and Mid-Atlantic Region of Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT), the Philadelphia Chapter of Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS), and Drexel University’s Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation, we look forward to seeing you! Connect with us.
 


YPT’s MONTHLY MEMBER PROFILE.

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Let Us Know


Axel Hellman
Co-Founder and Special Vice President of Lines at Rally OurBus
 
A co-founder and I started OurBus, one of the leading brands for intercity bus service in the Northeast. We are a tech and marketing platform and do not actually own any buses—they are contracted out. We recently merged with Rally, another tech platform for bus trips, to become Rally OurBus. I went to college in California (USC) but have been in the NYC area since. If you need a ticket to Boston, Washington, or anywhere else in the region let me know!

What is your favorite YPT-NYC memory?  

I’ve enjoyed the happy hours in 2021 more than before. After the first couple of lockdowns, this type of human contact was really something I appreciated!

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

I’ve become so jaded at the slow pace of progress that it’s hard to think about this! This answer is self-interested, but I would restore the Decamp commuter bus to Port Authority that used to stop on my corner. It has been suspended for 2 years now. I live in the suburbs but before COVID, in the right conditions, I could take that bus and get home in 40 minutes. 

What sparked your passion to work in the transportation industry?

I was always interested in transportation, but what opened my eyes was doing a summer internship at NJ Transit in the Bus Service Planning department.  It taught me a lot that I still use on a day-to-day basis at Rally OurBus.

What are you working on that you’re most excited by? 
 
We have a microtransit pilot in-house called OurBus Door to Door.

What career advice would you give to other YPTers interested in your career path?

Choose a very specific, niche thing that no one else is recognized as an expert in. If you focus on it, it is very easy to become the world’s greatest expert in that one tiny area

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

Bernie Sanders. His classic Brooklyn accent would be perfect for this.

LET’S STAY IN TOUCH

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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: Lauren Rushing

Lauren Rushing
Lauren Rushing Consulting, LLC
Mobility Planner and and Cycling Advocate

Twitter: @CycleRush

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lauren.rushing.16 

Instagram: @laurenrushing

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lauren-rushing-832a47102/ 

Lauren Rushing is a former YPT-NYC board member and an independent mobility planning consultant and cycling advocate. Lauren works with clients to develop strategic mobility plans for local governments, with a focus on creating complete and integrated multimodal transportation systems that serve people and provide mobility choices. Lauren is driven by her belief that bicycles are the missing link to many urban challenges, and puts her professional skills to work advocating for policies and infrastructure that will facilitate a cultural shift to legitimize cycling (and other active modes) as a mode of transportation in urban areas.

1. What is your favorite YPT-NYC memory?  
This is a hard one, but I think it would have to be the YPT-NYC/WE Bike Queens Bike Tour last summer. Enjoying summer in the city by bike is always a favorite pastime, but on the Queens tour we also learned about the process involved in building bicycle infrastructure in the city and got to see many of the recent projects first-hand, including the famous 34th Ave Open Street. We had the opportunity to work with staff in the NYC DOT Bicycle Unit to organize the tour and also got to meet some of New York transportation and open space influencers including Jim Burke (34th Ave Open Street) Evie Hantzopolous and Irak Cehonski (31st Ave Open Street) and Kyle Gorman (Senior Program Manager of the Public Space Unit at NYCDOT), as well as local business owners. During the tour we also ran in to Clarence Eckerson Jr. of Streetfilms!
 
2. If you could snap your fingers and make one change to regional transportation, what would it be?
Hands down, the effective implementation of a strategic plan for bicycle (and micromobility) parking throughout the region. Bicycle parking is one of the biggest obstacles to conveniently using a bicycle as a mode of transportation in New York, both in residential areas and commercial areas. To provide a personal example, there is no public bicycle parking on the street where I live. So, before I moved into my 5-floor walk-up, I made sure it was clear that using the downstairs basement to store my bicycle was a condition of me signing the lease. At the time, and to my annoyance, the building management made me sign a waiver releasing them of liability if it were to be stolen – but fine. However, 10 months later, they gratuitously decided I wasn’t allowed to use the basement space anymore. Since there is no bicycle parking on my street and no “safe” parking anywhere nearby, I am now forced to carry it up and down five flights of stairs every time I want to use it. Needless to say, my usage definitely decreased. Policies that ensure space like this can be used for bicycle parking should be included in a strategic plan. In addition, since bicycle theft is a big issue, the plan should also consider ways of providing secure bicycle parking facilities throughout the region. Luckily, companies like Oonee are already getting creative and providing options, but we need the city to embrace these options. Lastly, travel outside the U.S. and you’ll find awe inspiring, massive bicycle parking garages at major transit stations allowing people to use bikes (and other emerging technologies) as a first-last mile solution. As the “greatest city in the world” we shouldn’t sell ourselves short on these important infrastructure investments.


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

My journey to a career in urbanism and transportation began as a teenager living in Jacksonville, Florida – one of America’s most sprawled cities characterized by quintessential suburban development. Having grown up in a city built for cars and lacking an enticing and reliable transit system, I was awe struck by the multimodal cities I visited, and later moved to, as an adult. 

I remember when studying abroad, navigating and riding the metro was such a fun thing to me! I loved learning the system and memorizing the transit map. It was a very different lifestyle from how I grew up and somehow that felt more like freedom to me than when I first earned my driver’s license. That’s when I fell in love with cities. 

 
4. What are you working on that you’re most excited by? 
In 2021, I had the pleasure of managing community outreach for the Essex-Hudson Greenway campaign with the New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition. The Essex-Hudson Greenway is a proposed, nearly nine-mile long, multi-use trail corridor following the abandoned Norfolk Southern rail line that runs through eight towns between Montclair and Jersey City. When complete, the Greenway will be New Jersey’s version of the High Line creating more than 135 acres of new green space, improved options for active transportation and recreation, and will act as an economic engine for nearby communities by attracting visitors to local shops and restaurants along the trail.

After decades of advocacy from local residents and electeds, more than three years of direct negotiations with Norfolk Southern, and personally more than one year of full-time work galvanizing community support for the project, in November the State of New Jersey committed to providing funding and securing purchase rights to the existing railway property identified for the Greenway!

Playing a part in bringing such an impactful project to success and being a part of the community of support that built up around the project has been truly amazing and definitely the highlight of my career.

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

Don’t be afraid to fail. I know it sounds cliché, but I held myself back so much early on in my career with my imposter syndrome. Push yourself to do things that are out of your comfort zone. Say yes to things when you want to say no. You might surprise yourself. You WILL surprise yourself!

That would be a great YPT event. A webinar on how to overcome imposter syndrome. Or perhaps a good topic for the next YPT Podcast club!
 
6. What famous celebrity do you think should be given the opportunity to voice a NYCT Subway Announcement?
I absolutely adored Schitt’s Creek and think Catherine O’Hara’s character, Moira Rose, is hilarious. I would love to hear Catherine do an announcement in character as Moira. 

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February 2022 Newsletter

 
Happy Lunar New Year! Best wishes for the Year of the Tiger, and hoping this year brings you happiness and prosperity!

Streetcars and buses in Toronto are wrapped with this design to celebrate The Year of the Tiger, thanks to the leadership of TTC’s Wayfinding and Signage Coordinator, Brenda Tong. Source link

We also celebrate Black History Month, and with that, we acknowledge the accomplishments of Black Americans in transportation that extend throughout the history of transportation in our country, and those who continue to keep our region moving today.

Our transportation systems have been sites of racial discrimination and protest. Transportation is a tool that can be used to limit or expand opportunities. In honor of Black History Month, we reflect on how we, as transportation professionals, can advance racial equity in our work. As a start, check out this episode of WNYC’s The Takeaway, “Why Public Transportation Is Such an Important Site of Civil Rights Protest.”

Throughout the MTA network,  from the Bronx to Long Island, lies a treasure trove of permanent public artwork that honor and uplift Black history and culture. In celebration of Black History Month, we wanted to showcase this new piece at Nostrand Ave LIRR Station by Derrick Adams, “Around the Way”. Source link. 

There’s a ton of work left to do to achieve a more equitable regional transportation system.  We honor the ongoing work being done in our community towards a more inclusive future and we’re thankful for our members who share in this important, achievable outcome!

Now, onto the goods. 


YPT membership ($20 annually) comes with a bunch of perks, including access to exclusive events and networking opportunities, New York Transit Museum discounts, and much more. Know someone who’d be interested? Encourage them to sign up!

FEBRUARY EVENTS!

Designing Safe, Equitable, Sustainable Streets – Around the World!
When? Tuesday February 15th, 6:00pm-7:00pm  
Where? Virtual Event on Zoom
How? Register here to receive the meeting link


 
Love a good pop-up pedestrian plaza? How about quick-build bike lanes? Have we got the event for you! Scratch your tactical urbanist itch AND live out some of your long-postponed global travel fantasies with this great presentation from the Global Designing Cities Initiative (GDCI)!


Solomon Green-Eames and Eduarda Aun from GDCI will show us examples of street redesigns that they have implemented which have helped foster more sustainable, equitable, and safe streets around the world. Their examples will start in New York City with the story of how the former NYCDOT Commissioner, Janette Sadik-Khan started the GDCI, and will take us from Quito, to Addis Ababa, and more! Don’t miss it!


AICP CM Credits are available for this event!


Lunchtime Creator Talk with Revel CEO Frank Reig
When? Thursday, February 24th, 12:30pm-1:30pm  
Where? Virtual Event on Zoom
How? Register here to receive the meeting link


Join us for this Creator talk to learn more about Revel’s journey into the micromobility sector, its electrification strategy, and how it differentiates from other micromobility companies. This talk will cover the company’s reflection on the last four years and their vision for the future!

Frank Reig is the Co-Founder and CEO of Revel, a Brooklyn-born company that’s leading cities to a zero-carbon future through charging infrastructure and shared electric vehicle fleets. Through the Revel app, users can rent electric mopeds, hail an electric car ride or find fast charging Superhubs compatible with any brand of EV. Founded in 2018, Revel now operates in four New York City boroughs, Washington, D.C., Miami and San Francisco. Prior to Revel, Frank held senior roles in the energy and corporate sustainability sectors. He received an MPA in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University and also holds a Culinary Arts degree from the Culinary Institute of America.

Podcast Club: Exploring Black History, Race, Inequality and Transportation
When? To Be Finalized *Tentatively 2/28 12:30pm-1:30pm*  
Where? Virtual Event on Zoom
How? Register here to receive the meeting link


Meet us at the podcast club on your lunch break with our special guest, where we’ll learn and discuss the intersection of Black history, race, and transportation.  As always with our podcast club format, we will suggest you listen to one specific episode before we meet, but we will also supply you with a list of our recommendations for further listening!  This event will encourage participants to examine the policies, the budgets, the specific projects that get funding, the leadership, how and whether our transportation systems provide access to opportunities in our nation’s history, and how we can work towards more equitable transportation. 

We will keep you updated as we finalize these details. 


🚨NEW SPONSOR ALERT 🚨



We are excited to announce that FHI Studio is the latest sponsor of our chapter! FHI Studio is a firm of transportation planners, engineers, designers, and community engagement specialists and will be our AICP certification maintenance partner. Going forward, YPT-NYC educational events like webinars and site tours will be available for AICP CM credits!

If you work for a company interested in becoming a sponsor, please reach out via our website: https://yptnyc.org/sponsorship/. 


IT’S BACK! YPT’s MONTHLY MEMBER PROFILE.

Know someone you’d like to see answer these questions? Want to share more about your journey?

Let Us Know

Lauren Rushing
Mobility Planner and Cycling Advocate (Lauren Rushing Consulting, LLC)

Lauren Rushing is a former YPT-NYC board member and an independent mobility planning consultant and cycling advocate. Lauren works with clients to develop strategic mobility plans for local governments, with a focus on creating complete and integrated multimodal transportation systems that serve people and provide mobility choices. Lauren is driven by her belief that bicycles are the missing link to many urban challenges, and puts her professional skills to work advocating for policies and infrastructure that will facilitate a cultural shift to legitimize cycling (and other active modes) as a mode of transportation in urban areas.

What is your favorite YPT-NYC memory?  

The YPT-NYC, WE Bike NYC, and NYCDOT Queens Bike Tour last summer. Enjoying summer in the city by bike is always a favorite pastime, but on the Queens tour we also learned about the process involved in building bicycle infrastructure in the city and got to see many of the recent projects first-hand! We got to meet some of the open space influencers including Jim Burke (34th Ave Open Street) Evie Hantzopolous and Irak Cehonski (31st Ave Open Street) and Kyle Gorman (Senior Program Manager of the Public Space Unit at NYCDOT), as well as local business owners. We also ran into Clarence Eckerson Jr. of Streetfilms!

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

Hands down, the implementation of a strategic plan for regional bicycle and micromobility parking. Parking is one of the biggest obstacles to conveniently using a bike in New York, both in residential and commercial areas. As a personal example, there is no public bike parking on the street where I live. So, before I moved into my 5-floor walk-up, I made sure that using the basement to store my bicycle was a condition of me signing the lease. Policies that ensure space like this can be used for secure bike parking are critical. Luckily, companies like Oonee are providing options, but we need the city to embrace these options. Lastly, travel outside the U.S. and you’ll find massive bicycle parking garages at major transit stations allowing people to use bikes and other micromobility as a first-last mile solution. 

What sparked your passion to work in the transportation industry?

My journey to a career in urbanism and transportation began as a teenager living in Jacksonville, Florida – one of America’s most sprawled cities characterized by quintessential suburban development. Having grown up in a city built for cars and lacking an enticing and reliable transit system, I was awestruck by the multimodal cities I visited and later moved to, as an adult. I remember when studying abroad, navigating and riding the metro was such a fun thing to me! I loved learning the system and memorizing the transit map. It was a very different lifestyle from how I grew up and somehow that felt more like freedom to me than when I first earned my driver’s license. That’s when I fell in love with cities. 

What are you working on that you’re most excited by? 
 
In 2021, I had the pleasure of managing community outreach for the Essex-Hudson Greenway campaign with the New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition. The Essex-Hudson Greenway is a proposed, nearly nine-mile long, multi-use trail corridor following the abandoned Norfolk Southern rail line between Montclair and Jersey City. When complete, the Greenway will be New Jersey’s version of the High Line, creating more than 135 acres of new green space, active transportation, and recreation, and will act as an economic engine for nearby communities. After decades of advocacy from local residents and electeds, more than three years of direct negotiations with Norfolk Southern, and personally more than one year of full-time work galvanizing community support for the project, in November the State of New Jersey committed to providing funding and securing purchase rights to the existing railway property identified for the Greenway!

What career advice would you give to other YPTers interested in your career path?

Don’t be afraid to fail. I know it sounds cliché, but I held myself back so much early on in my career with my imposter syndrome. Push yourself to do things that are out of your comfort zone. Say yes to things when you want to say no. You might surprise yourself. You WILL surprise yourself!

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

I absolutely adored Schitt’s Creek and Catherine O’Hara’s character, Moira Rose, and I’d love to hear Catherine do an announcement in character!

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!


EXCLUSIVE PERKS & PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR YPT-NYC MEMBERS

Here’s a fun ~perk~ from YPT-International that comes with your membership—chats with YPTers from other chapters! 
From the sign-up sheet: “Each Month, YPT members will be randomly paired up with another fellow YPT member who signed up in the program to connect over coffee, tea, or whatever beverage you prefer!” Sign up here.  


Join this virtual Open House event to learn more about the WTS-GNY 12-month Mentoring Program in 2022! The program provides a forum for emerging women professionals in transportation seeking development of the skills necessary to achieve success in both their professional and personal lives. Benefits for mentors and proteges include networking, candid conversations, and confidence-building. If you have questions or need further information, please contact Co-Chairs Dana Hecht at dana.hecht@mtacd.org or Maxine Hill at mhill@vhb.com.

Institute of Transportation Engineers Mentoring Program 2022
Application Deadline February 7th!
Register here

Professional Women in Construction Mentoring
Application Deadline February 18th! 
More info here

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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January 2022 Newsletter

 
WE SAY GOODBYE TO THE R32 AND HELLO TO 2022!
Hello YPTers! I’m Sam Sklar, 2022’s new Communications Manager. I’d first like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and a welcome back to this monthly newsletter series.

Here’s what you’ll see month-to-month: 
Updates from any events from the previous month, including photos and highlights
Upcoming events, including dates, times, and need-to-knows
Often, a profile of one of our members
News of new partnerships and sponsors, with hopes of expanding our programming
Feedback from members like you!

I’ll keep it light and fun, and pick up right from last year’s Communications Manager, Emily Provonsha, who’s taken over as Chair for this upcoming year! 

Thanks for joining us, and I know I speak for the whole board when I say we’re extremely excited for all the exciting events, networking opportunities, and surprises coming up this year! Now, onto the goods

Farewell Brightliner!   The MTA retired the R32 trains—nicknamed the Brightliners—on Sunday, January 9, 2022. We invite our readers to take a look at the retrospective photos on MTA’s Flickr site and remember these train sets fondly as some of the oldest in the world, operating revenue service from 1954-2022.

We hope they enjoy their rest at the Great Train Depot after 68 years of service.     

YPT membership ($20 annually) comes with a bunch of perks, including access to exclusive events and networking opportunities, New York Transit Museum discounts, and much more.

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

2021 Holiday Party—What A Great Success!   We had a TON of fun meeting in person and sharing holiday cheer and beer. Can’t wait to see you all again at some upcoming events as the weather gets warmer. Lots of fun to be had!    

2021 In Review: Some Numbers! We Love Numbers. 

I wanted to start the year with some fun transparency with hard-hitting YPT-NYC statistics. Here are a few highlights:
Engagement from 2020-2021:
~50% increase in monthly newsletter open rate
22% increase in total YPT membership
129% (!) increase in website traffic

Event round-up:
Top event:
a talk about congestion pricing with transportation legend, Sam Schwartz
Top happy hour: CultureLab in Long Island City
Top in-person event: Queens bike tour in partnership with WeBikeNYC and NYCDOT

Thank you to our 2021 Board for all your hard work, and we’re excited to grow even more with… …the 2022 Board!

We’ve updated the Board Member bios on our website.
Check it out here to get to know your leadership for the coming year. As always, drop us a line to say hello.

UPCOMING EVENTS!  

We’ve got lots of great ideas for events this year, starting with this interesting author talk.

YPT-NYC January Event
Author Talk: Jan 24th {6:30-7:30} Substeading: Turning Underground Wasteland into New Transportation Corridors  



Join us for an author talk hosted by Raymond Niles and Kyle Kirschling, a YPT-NYC member who also presented his last paper in March 2021 to us. His new paper, co-written by Raymond Niles, explores how NYC can have faster, cheaper, and more comfortable transportation. Learn more about their transformative “substeading” concept by reading their newest paper, and join us with your questions, comments, and honest feedback for a lively virtual discussion

Sign up on Eventbrite here! This event is virtual and Zoom link will be provided.    

🚨NEW SPONSOR ALERT 🚨  


We’re excited to announce that renowned consulting firm, Nelson\Nygaard is now a sponsor of our chapter! Thank you for your generous support! 

Corporate sponsorship helps keep membership costs reasonable for our members. If you work for a company interested in becoming a sponsor, please reach out via our project website:
https://yptnyc.org/sponsorship/.    

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!   Facebook Twitter Instagram LinkedIn Email Website    

EXCLUSIVE PERKS FOR YPT-NYC MEMBERS   Transit enthusiast gift opportunity? Become a New York Transit Museum member with an exclusive YPT-NYC perk.

With discount code YPT15, receive $15 off any level of NYTM membership and benefit from 10% off gift shop purchases, exhibit previews and more.

    Here’s a fun ~perk~ from YPT-International that comes with your membership—chats with YPTers from other chapters! 

From the sign-up sheet: “Each Month, YPT members will be randomly paired up with another fellow YPT member who signed up in the program to connect over coffee, tea, or whatever beverage you prefer!”

Sign up here.       We’re working hard to bridge together many of the region’s professional groups, and in doing so here’s another awesome opportunity for YPT members to connect with ITE members: see above, and sign up here.    

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.    

…LASTLY (I KNOW)  

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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December 2021 Newsletter

HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO OUR YPT-NYC COMMUNITY

We are wishing all our members a holiday season full of spacious subway and bus passenger loads, bike rides that aren’t too cold yet, sunny ferry rides, brisk winter walks, and of course, peace, love, joy and good health!  Holidays are a busy time of travel, but you can still stay engaged with us virtually this month with our upcoming podcast club events, or if you’ll be in the City, join us for our Holiday Party!   

New York Transit Museum’s Grand Central Terminal Gallery Annex and Store’s annual Holiday Train Show. A festive tradition showcasing Lionel model trains chugging past a replica of GCT, the Metlife Building, the Chrysler Building, Brooklyn Bridge and other iconic New York scenes on their way to the North Pole. https://www.nytransitmuseumstore.com/.

THANK YOU 

A special thank you to our out-going Board Members who helped us have such a successful 2021 schedule of events, grow our membership, craft excellent social media, communications and website content, spend our budget wisely, and achieve our professional development goals! 

We also welcome our new 2022 Board:

Chair: Emily Provonsha
Deputy Chair: Kristy Tu
Content Manager: Elizabeth Jule Gladoun
Membership Manager: Sam Chan
Treasurer: Scott Middleton
Professional Development Manager: Stacey Matlen
Events and Programs Manager: Darwin Keung
Communications Manager: Samuel Sklar
Social Media Manager: Julia Fiore
Partnership Manager: Michael Ahillen
Liaison to YPT-I and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Board: Modou Cham

YPT-NYC DECEMBER EVENTS

Virtual Podcast Club Sessions
Part 1: ActiveTowns and StreetFilms
Wednesday, December 8th 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. RSVP here
 
Part 2: Social Equity and Transit
Wednesday December 15th 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. RSVP here 




What is Podcast Club? It’s an informal, weekly discussion of a selection of transportation-focused podcasts! Each week we invite you to delve into a specific topic with “required listening” and some optional listening at your leisure, and then during the event we will gather to discuss & exchange ideas. Meet us at the [podcast] “club,” it’s going down! Register at the link above.
 
2021 Holiday Party
The Whiskey Ward (121 Essex St, New York, NY 10002)
Tuesday, December 14th, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. RSVP here 



Ho Ho Hello YPT-NYC! Our holiday party will be held at The Whiskey Ward and please note that this event is members-only, so if you need to renew or register, don’t forget to gift yourself that free drink ticket and food with your $20 annual YPT-NYC Membership! 

We have reserved a private area in the back with long tables, benches, and a pool table etc. Kindly register with the eventbrite link above to ensure you get your drink ticket at the door.

Delicious appetizers (both veggie + meat options) will be provided as well. Looking forward to celebrating with you at our first holiday party since 2019!

YPT-NYC MEMBER PROFILE 

Lauren Clark, Principal Projects & Strategic Investment Program Coordinator at NJ TRANSIT

 
Lauren Clark is a writer and transit professional who specializes in driving organizational transformation.
 
1. What is your favorite YPT-NYC event and why?  
Each event I attend becomes my favorite. I loved the behind the scenes tour of Grand Central Terminal Trainshed this fall. 
 
2. If you could snap your fingers and make one change to regional transportation, what would it be? 
All transit should be free for all riders. Transportation is a right, not a privilege. I’ll live and die on that hill.
 
3. What sparked your passion to work in the transportation industry? 
I’ve never owned a car, so I depend on public transportation to get everywhere I go. I understand how absolutely essential transit is, and I know how sacred and safe a space it can be when it’s done right. I’m honored to have a hand in making sure as many people as possible have access to these resources.
 
4. What are you working on that you’re most excited by? 
It was a privilege to lead NJ TRANSIT’s ten-year strategic planning efforts in 2019 and 2020. Since then, I’ve been working closely with the Human Resources team to drive progress toward their identified strategic initiatives, which includes implementation of a Human Capital Management system and major changes to most of our processes. I’m a sucker for driving transformation efforts—the more impossible change feels, the bigger the knot or the puzzle, the more I want to tackle it.
 
5. What career advice would you give to other YPT’ers interested in your career path?  
Find the system you’ll never get tired of riding and dedicate yourself to it. Worked for me.
 
6. What famous celebrity do you think should be given the opportunity to voice a NYCT Subway Announcement?  
The weird robotic voice that announces (and adorably mispronounces) the stops on NJ TRANSIT trains, of course.

OTHER EVENTS

YPT Mid-Atlantic Regional Board Virtual Meet and Greet
Tuesday, December 7, 2021 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. RSVP here
Meet fellow YPT members from across the Mid-Atlantic region, and meet your new regional board! The new regional board of YPT Mid-Atlantic is pleased to serve everyone from YPT’s existing NYC, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and DC chapters as we work to bring people together and broaden our reach throughout the region. Join us virtually on gather.town, an immersive and interactive experience!

Author Talk
(TBD)
Substeading: A Profitable Way to Build More Affordable, Convenient, and Prosperous Cities by Turning Underground Wasteland into New Transportation Corridors 

Stay tuned for an author talk hosted by Raymond Niles and Kyle Kirschling, a YPT-NYC member who also presented his last paper in March to us. His new paper, co-written by Raymond Niles, explores how NYC can have faster, cheaper, and more comfortable transportation. Learn more about their transformative “substeading” concept by reading their newest paper, and look out for an upcoming author talk!
 
RECENT YPT-NYC EVENTS
Moynihan Station Tour 
A special thank you to Doug Carr and Matt Bradley of NYS Empire State Development for leading an awesome tour at Moynihan Train Hall! They walked YPTers through the history, existing challenges and future opportunities that the train hall has to offer to the New York City area and northeast region.

Python Skillshare
Mark Bauer of the First Street Foundation taught an introduction to Python class targeted at those who had never used the programming language before. Mark broke everything down for our members, answered all questions, and was an enthusiastic teacher. Thank you Mark for sharing your time and expertise with us!

HOLIDAY GIFT IDEA 
Transit Enthusiast Gift Opportunity?
Become a member of the New York Transit Museum with an exclusive YPT-NYC Discount! YPT members are invited to become NYTM members with a $15 discount, valid for any level of membership! The discount code is: YPT15


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!