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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!

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Member Profile: Lauren Clark

Lauren Clark
NJ Transit
Principal Projects & Strategic Investment Program Coordinator.

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/laurclar

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 successively becomes my favorite.  I loved going behind the scenes at Grand Central this fall.  Can’t wait to have a new favorite soon.
 
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 effort back 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 who announces (and adorably mispronounces) the stops on NJ TRANSIT trains, of course.

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November 2021 Newsletter

THANKFUL FOR OUR YPT-NYC COMMUNITY

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

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


YPT-NYC NOVEMBER EVENTS



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


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


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

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


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


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


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

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

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

TransportationCamp Pittsburgh Saturday, November 6, – Register Here

Stay tuned for details about our 2021 Holiday Party!
 

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

YPT-NYC LINKEDIN

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



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Member Profile: Modou Cham

Modou Cham
ICF
Senior Associate, Transportation & Smart Mobility

Twitter: @modoucham

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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Member Profile: Daniel Wood

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bill Hader as Vincent Price.

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October 2021 Newsletter

WHAT’S NEXT FOR 2022 YPT-NYC BOARD? 

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

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

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

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



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

RSVP to Rayn Riel at raynriel@gmail.com


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

Register here.
 

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

Register Here


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

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

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


YPT-NYC MEMBER PROFILE 



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

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

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

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

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

Bill Hader as Vincent Price.
 

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

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Run for the 2022 YPT-NYC Board!

Run for the 2022 YPT-NYC Board!

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

What is the election timeline?

  • September 20, 2021 – Complete Candidate Submission Form
  • October 18, 2021 – Election ballots will be sent out by YPT International to eligible voting Members for all Chapter and International elections by 9:00 AM EDT. 
  • October 29, 2021 – Online elections close at 11:59 PM EDT. International and Chapter Board members and nominees will be notified of election results shortly thereafter.
  • November 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021 – Board Transition Period
  • January 1, 2022 – New term begins for International and Chapter Boards.
  • December 31, 2022 – 2022 Term Concludes

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

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

Best,
2021 YPT-NYC Board


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September 2021 News and Events

WHAT’S NEXT FOR OUR TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM?

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

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

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

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

UPCOMING YPT-NYC BOARD ELECTIONS

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

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


YPT-NYC SEPTEMBER EVENTS

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

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

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


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

Register Here!

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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Member Profile: Diane Xiao

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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