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YPT-NYC: January 2021 News and Events!

HAPPY NEW YEAR, YPT-NYC MEMBERS! 

Wishing you a happy and healthy year full of exciting new YPT-NYC opportunities and transportation wins for our region. 

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., we want to take a moment to reflect on how Dr. King’s legacy informs our responsibility in the transportation industry to serve all people and the importance of equity. Transportation infrastructure is central to daily life, as it allows people to get to school and work, and to access food, faith, and family. We celebrate his lasting legacy in our work. 

UPCOMING YPT-NYC EVENTS 

YPT Podcast Club

Struggling to keep up with your book club? Consider joining the YPT-NYC Podcast Club! This February, join our four-part weekly discussion where we’ll chat about four topics in NYC transportation infrastructure: streets, tunnels, bridges, and airports. Our weekly curriculum (here) consists of 1 “required” podcast episode and 1-2 “optional” podcast episodes. Sessions will be held each Wednesday in February, beginning at 12:00 p.m. There is no pressure to join all four sessions or to listen to all the podcast episodes. Meet us at the [podcast] “club,” it’s going down! RSVP here.

Salary Negotiation Workshop

Building on the success of our Public Service Loan Forgiveness event, we are joining forces with APA and WTS to organize a salary negotiation workshop later this winter. The event will be open to members of any of the three organizations. Stay tuned for more details!


RECENT YPT-NYC EVENTS

Public Service Loan Forgiveness WorkshopWe hope you enjoyed our Public Service Loan Forgiveness Workshop last year, presented by Betsy Mayotte from The Institute of Student Loan Advisors, which was full of valuable information on eligibility and terms of the program.  The recording is available upon request, just send us a message here.

OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS

TransitCon is a free and virtual transit conference where everyone has the opportunity to speak. It will be held on Sunday, January 31st. This conference was created with the idea that many transit enthusiasts, advocates, and nerds are fully engaged on social media, but are limited to the comments and threads these mediums allow. TransitCon wants to provide a space for those transit passions in a conference-like format. The program of the conference consists of three concurrent sessions: transit professionals, open mics, and 10 regional discussions. 

THANK YOU TO ALL OUT-GOING BOARD MEMBERS AND HELLO TO NEW ONES!

VISIT OUR WEBSITE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YPT-NYC’S 2021 BOARD!

YPT-NYC MEMBER PROFILE 

Robert Joseph, Bus Planner at MTA New York City Transit

Q&A:

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

Transportation Trivia is my favorite because it brings out my competitive and nerdy sides. 

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

I would want Paris RER-style through-running commuter rail trains. The ultimate convenience of fast, frequent trains that cross the city, and serve multiple stations rather than one large hub, is not to be underestimated. 

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

(After my dream of becoming an astronaut fell apart…) I was inspired by a page of my AP history textbook showing how train routes connected cities across the country in the 1830s. The more I found out about the environmental benefits, economic opportunities, and public health impacts of transportation planning, the more I loved it.

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

I have recently done a lot of work on improving overnight bus service for essential workers, specifically helping launch and monitor the Bx99 route.  

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

Put yourself out there as much as possible with networking opportunities and never stop learning. Pick up new skills online, show an interest in learning the tools of the trade, and use each role or task as a stepping stone to the next.

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

Samuel L Jackson. If there’s someone who I want to assure me that the upcoming service change won’t be so bad, it’s him. His voice is exactly the iconic and authoritative presence we need.

YPT-NYC LINKEDIN

Use the YPT LinkedIn Group if you are #OpenToWork!

We want to point members on the job hunt or with job opportunities to post and share in our LinkedIn group. The group is a great way to share information about yourself as a job seeker or post opportunities. Check out previous posts by members for ideas on what to include in your own post!
 

WE CAN’T DO IT WITHOUT YOU! 

Young Professionals in Transportation – New York City (YPT-NYC) is an official 501(c)(6) non-profit organization that provides benefits to its members through professional development, fellowship, and networking. 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. Check your membership status here, or join here. Being an active member is $20 for the year and allows us to provide our membership with impactful programming.


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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Public Service Loan Forgiveness Workshop NEXT WEEK!

PUBLIC SERVICE LOAN FORGIVENESS EVENT

Are you enrolled or considering enrolling in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PLSF) program but confused about how it actually works? Did you know that close to 99% of applicants are currently denied after ten years of service?

We will host a lecture and workshop on the program with loan expert Betsy Mayotte, who spent twenty years doing loan compliance before founding her own nonprofit organization dedicated to helping student loan borrowers. Join us for a presentation on the inner workings of the program and the latest COVID-related updates to it, as well as a Q&A session (must be a member to attend for free). We will have an option to submit questions privately as well.

Tuesday, 12/15 at 7:30PM
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Check your membership status here, or join here. Being an active member is $20 for the year and allows us to organize events.

NYC CIVIL SERVICE EXAMS

The Open Competitive and Promotional Administrative City Planner exam’s filling period is open until Tuesday, 12/22. Taking a civil service exam puts you in a position to gain permanent status with the City of New York, which provides a higher level of job security compared to being a non-permanent employee (i.e. provisional, non-competitive).

Check the requirements listed on the DCAS website to see if you qualify and should apply for this exam. The exam is based on Education and Experience (E&E), so in other words, the application is the exam and takes only a few minutes to complete.

NEW YEAR

The outgoing 2020 YPT-NYC Board wishes everyone a safe and healthy holiday season. We didn’t expect a year like this one, but we hope that our many eventsopportunitiesspotlights, and more helped you — whether by providing you with new connections, new ideas, new skills, or just by bringing you some virtual joy. As we work with the incoming 2021 Board to transition duties, we hope all of you take care and we look forward to meeting everyone in-person again soon.

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YPT-NYC Election Results & Upcoming Opportunities + Events

YPT ELECTION RESULTS 

The outgoing YPTNYC Board would like to thank everyone for voting in our election and especially those who ran for the 2021 Board. We look forward to working with our new Board members over the next month and helping them transition to their roles.

YPTNYC 2021 Board:

  • Chair: Tyce Herrman
  • Deputy Chair: Rayn Riel
  • Content Manager: Kristy Tu
  • Treasurer: Scott Middleton
  • Professional Development Manager: Ayanthi Gunawardana
  • Membership Manager: Elizabeth Jule Gladoun
  • Events & Programs Manager: Sydney McGinn
  • Communications Manager: Emily Provonsha
  • Social Media Manager: Lauren Rushing
  • Partnerships Director: Julia Fiore

Congratulations to our new YPTNYC 2021 Board members!

TRB OPPORTUNITY

As a result of COVID-19, young professionals have had reduced access to leading industry conferences due to event cancellations, budget reductions, travel restrictions, and social distancing. Young Professionals in Transportation – International wants to support the professional development of young professionals by funding the 2021 TRB Young Professional registration fees for four YPT Members at a value of $245 per registration. The conference will be held virtually.

Disclaimer: the TRB Annual Meeting website defines that a Young Professional can register at a reduced rate if they are age 35 or younger at the time of the Annual Meeting (date of birth & ID required.) We will reimburse for this rate, however an active YPT Member who does not confirm to that definition can enter and would need to cover the difference between the Young Professional rate and the standard rate if selected.

Additional information is available through the form below. Submissions must be submitted using this form by November 19, 2020 at 8 pm PST to be eligible.

YPT TRB Young Members scholarship submission form

PUBLIC SERVICE LOAN FORGIVENESS

Are you enrolled or considering enrolling in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PLSF) program but confused about how it actually works? Did you know that close to 99% of applicants are currently denied after ten years of service?

We will host a lecture and workshop on the program with loan expert Betsy Mayotte, who spent twenty years doing loan compliance before founding her own nonprofit organization dedicated to helping student loan borrowers. Join us for a presentation on the inner workings of the program and the latest COVID-related updates to it, as well as a Q&A session (must be a member to attend for free). We will have an option to submit questions privately as well.

Tuesday, 12/15 at 7:30PM
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BIKE RIDE & MEET UP

Nice to see many of you at last month’s bike ride meet up!

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YPT-NYC Elections and THIS Sunday’s Central Park Meet-Up

YPT ELECTIONS 

YPT elections are live until October 30th at 11:59PM EDT and we have many candidates running for the 10 open positions on our board! 

To participate in the election, you must be an active member. Check your membership status here, or join here. Being an active member is $20 for the year and allows us to organize events.

You should have received voting instructions from our voting host server, Simply Voting, where our ballot and candidate statements are available. If you haven’t or if you’re having problems, please e-mail the YPT International Deputy Chair at deputy@yptransportation.org.

YPT uses a ranked voting process. We use this method so that:  

1. Candidates can run for multiple positions, and if someone wins two positions, they will choose which position they want. The votes they received will be reallocated to the voters’ second choices.

2. In the event of a tie, we will not need to have a separate run-off vote. The votes from the candidate receiving the lowest total will be reallocated to each voter’s second choice candidate.  

The results will be made available to the YPT membership in early November. The new Board term for all winning candidates will begin on January 1, 2020. Please take the time to learn about the candidates and vote!

BIKE RIDE & MEET UP



Want to ride bikes? With us? Meet up at the corner of 72nd Street and Central Park West and join us for a ~6 mile bike ride around Central Park. No cars!

There is an adjacent CitiBike station (please check for availability before the event). We have a limited number of free CitiBike guest passes for the first few members who meet us. Please remember to bring a mask and wear it if you cannot maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others.

RSVP below so we can contact you with any updates. 

Sunday, 10/25 @ 1PM EDT
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The current forecast below for your convenience.



MEMBER PROFILE

Casey Barrett, EIT, ENV SP
Civil Associate II in Michael Baker’s Civil-Highway Department


I earned my BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Manhattan College in 2015. I went on to work for Michael Baker in their Civil-Highway department, where I worked on a variety of projects from streetscape improvements to bridge replacements. My project tasks include Maintenance and Protection of Traffic designs, and Traffic Control and staging plans, which is how traffic patterns are maintained during construction. In addition to being an active YPT member, I’m also involved with Women in Transportation Seminar (WTS) and I’m co-chair of the college outreach committee. In my spare time I enjoy gardening, hiking, doing puzzle, and baking/cooking.

What do you most enjoy about YPT? 

I’ve really enjoyed the virtual tour series, specifically the old NYC subway lines aerial imagery tour by Rayn Riel. I find it fascinating to see how New York’s mobility has changed (or has not changed) over time. I joined YPT in February 2020 and was looking forward to all the upcoming events. I have enjoyed the topics about NYC’s infrastructure and the networking opportunities YPT has hosted while in quarantine, as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

What’s your preferred transport mode and why?

At the moment, my preferred mode of transport is walking. I’m still working from home, so I take walks around my neighborhood in order to get some fresh air. I take a different route so I’m constantly seeing something new every day.

What is the biggest transit-related problem that you’d like to help solve?

Carbon-Neutral Transportation. The transportation sector generates the largest portion of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The solution to get to a carbon- neutral transportation sector is multifaceted issue, but I will only touch on a couple topics here. In order to cut carbon, we need to get people to drive less. That means getting people out of their personal vehicles and on to mass transit. This would require a reliable multi-modal mass transit system serving all communities. The mass transit fleet would need to be fueled by clean, renewable energy sources. Best management practices in sustainable transit will require research and development, and knowledge sharing across the industry. Another factor to consider in achieving carbon neutral transportation is the physical infrastructure: highways, roads, bridges, airports, etc. Our nation’s infrastructure is built out of concrete which contributes to 8% of global carbon emissions. Therefore, future infrastructure improvement projects will need to be sourced from sustainable resources with a low carbon output. 

For the full profile, visit our website!

AUTHOR TALK

Thank you Dr. Adonia Lugo for your time discussing your book, Bicycle/Race: Transportation, Culture, and Resistance!

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Meet the Candidates Virtual Happy Hour, Author Talk, and Central Park Meet-Up: YPT-NYC October Newsletter

YPT ELECTIONS & HAPPY HOUR
 

YPT elections are this month and we have many candidates running for the 10 open positions on our board! Join us for a special virtual happy hour on Thursday, October 15th at 6:30 PM to meet the people running for the 2021 YPT-NYC Board.

Thursday, 10/15 @ 6:30PM EDT
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We encourage everyone to learn about the candidates.

Remember, to participate in the election, you must be an active member. Check your membership status here, or join here. Being an active member is $20 for the year and allows us to organize events.

The election timeline is below:

  • October 19, 2020 – Election ballots will be sent out to eligible voting members.
  • October 30, 2020 – Online elections close.


AUTHOR TALK

Join us for this special author talk with Dr. Adonia Lugo as we discuss her book, Bicycle/Race: Transportation, Culture, and Resistance. Please note this event is for members only.

Tuesday, 10/20 @ 6PM EDT
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BIKE RIDE & MEET UP

Wanna ride bikes? With us? Meet up at the corner of 72nd Street and Central Park West and join us for a ~6 mile bike ride around Central Park. No cars!

There is an adjacent CitiBike station (please check for availability before the event). We have a limited number of free CitiBike guest passes for the first few members who meet us. Please remember to bring a mask and wear it if you cannot maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others.

Sunday, 10/25 @ 1PM EDT
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NOVEMBER PODCAST CLUB

This November, join our four-part weekly podcast club, in which we’ll discuss four topics in NYC transportation infrastructure: streets, tunnels, bridges, and airports. Participants will receive a list of 2-3 recommended podcast episodes to listen to prior to each week’s meetup.

Tentative dates are 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 12/3 @ 7pm-8pm. Stay tuned!

SEPTEMBER TRIVIA 

Congratulation to Team “B&QT” (Brooklyn and Queens Transit Corporation), the winners of YPT’s 2020 trivia event! Pictured from left to right below (at the Roosevelt Island Lighthouse) are Sunny Zheng, Mark Perelmuter, Rayn Riel, Max Diamond, and Sydney McGinn from B&QT.



Congratulations as well to the 2nd and 3rd place teams: “And the winner is” and “YPT Team 1”. Thanks very much to the organizers and all participants for contributing to a fun event.

Stay tuned for more upcoming events and we hope to see you later this month.

YPT-NYC

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Trivia, Skillshare, Elections!

SEPTEMBER TRIVIA – REGISTRATION CLOSES TODAY!

Are you eager to show off your knowledge of defunct subway stops, airport codes, or obscure acronyms? Do you crave glory? Join us for New York’s 11th Annual (Virtual) Transportation Trivia event — a joint activity supported by the local American Planning Association Transportation Committee (APA), Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT), and WTS Young Professionals Committee (WTS). The event will take place on September 16th and registration closes on September 9th. Register to participate and look for the Zoom Meeting link in your inbox.

9/16 @ 6:30-8PM
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SEPTEMBER SKILLSHARE – TOMORROW!

Join us for an IPUMS skillshare by TransitCenter’s Mary Buchanan on Thursday, September 10th at 6PM! She will introduce YPT members to Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS), which is the world’s largest individual-level population database and is extremely useful to learn for transportation professionals.

9/10 @ 6-7PM
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YPT ELECTIONS

Becoming a YPT leader starts with you! If you want to help YPT-NYC thrive next year and are interested in developing your career and providing your skills to the Board, run! Worried that you aren’t very active with YPT? Don’t worry — run anyway, if you’re committed to stepping up!

What exactly does being on the Board of Directors entail? Directors typically offer a time commitment of 3-5 hours per week. Directors must be able to call into monthly Board of Directors meetings. The full list of available positions is here.

To participate in the election, you must be an active member by October 1st. Check your membership status here, or join here (even if you’re not running, so you can vote). Being an active member is $20 for the year and allows us to organize events (such as an upcoming Public Service Loan Forgiveness workshop with an expert who will assist YPT members).

The election timeline is below:

  • September 21, 2020 – Candidate statements are due.
  • October 19, 2020 – Election ballots will be sent out to eligible voting members.
  • October 30, 2020 – Online elections close.
  • January 1, 2021 – New term for all winning candidates begins.

Term limits for all YPT Board positions is one year. The term runs from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021.

YPT MEGAREGION SYMPOSIUM

The Megaregion Transportation Policy Symposium brings together industry practitioners, academic professionals, and policy experts to lead the conversation on technologies, policies and trends in the field of transportation that will promote megaregion development.

10/01 @ 10:30-3:30PM
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Game Night & September Events Announced!

AUGUST GAME NIGHT

The game night scheduled for today has been postponed to next Thursday, August 27th at 7PM. Register at the link below so we can contact you in advance to join virtually! We apologize for the last minute change.

8/27 @ 7-8PM
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SEPTEMBER SKILLSHARE

Join us for an IPUMS skillshare by TransitCenter’s Mary Buchanan on Thursday, September 10th at 6PM! She will introduce YPT members to Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS), which is the world’s largest individual-level population database and is useful to learn for transportation professionals.

9/10 @ 6-7PM
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SEPTEMBER TRIVIA

It’s almost time for the 11th Annual Transportation Trivia event, a joint activity supported by the local American Planning Association Transportation Committee (APA), Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT), and WTS Young Professionals Committee (WTS). Given the current safety precautions, this year’s Transportation Trivia night will be hosted virtually on Wednesday, September 16 at 6:30PM. Open to active YPT and/or APA/WTS members. Registration closes on September 9th.

9/16 @ 6:30-8PM
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YPT AWARDS

YPT Awards serve as an opportunity to highlight the meaningful contributions YPT members are making in their organizations, the YPT community, and the transportation industry.

Take a look here. Application deadlines have been extended to August 21st.

YPT-NYC LINKEDIN

Use the YPT LinkedIn Group if you are #OpenToWork!

We want to point those on the job hunt to our group, and those having job opportunities, to share to our LinkedIn group. The group is a great way to share some information about yourself as a job seeker or post opportunities.

If you’re job seeking, we suggest using the popular hashtag #OpenToWork and sharing the following:

  • What’s your professional background?
  • What are your hard skills?
  • What are your soft skills?
  • What kinds of positions are you interested in?
  • What geographic areas are you looking in?
  • Something fun!

And don’t forget to attach your resume and any other files that show off your skills to the post!

NYC CIVIL SERVICE CITY PLANNER EXAM

Civil service is a path to working in NYC government and the City Planner exam is open until August 25th. We recommend applying if you qualify and if you’re interested in working for City government.

RESUME WORKSHOP

Looking for a different set of eyes to take a look at your resume? Upload it here for members of the YPT-NYC Board to take a look and provide feedback, comments, and suggestions.

This opportunity is open to all active YPT-NYC members. Resume review is limited to the first 50 resumes submitted. All resumes will remain confidential, and will not be shared beyond the YPT-NYC Board Member(s) reviewing.

UPCOMING EVENTS

We are working on several upcoming events, such as:

Stay tuned!

Be well,
YPT-NYC

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YPT-NYC August Newsletter: 8/20 Game Night & More!

AUGUST GAME NIGHT

Join us for another game of Scattergories this Thursday, August 20th at 7PM.

We will send a link to join on Thursday afternoon via this newsletter.

YPT AWARDS

YPT Awards serve as an opportunity to highlight the meaningful contributions YPT members are making in their organizations, the YPT community, and the transportation industry.

Take a look here. Application deadlines have been extended to August 21st.

YPT-NYC LINKEDIN

Use the YPT LinkedIn Group if you are #OpenToWork!

We want to point those on the job hunt to our group, and those having job opportunities, to share to our LinkedIn group. The group is a great way to share some information about yourself as a job seeker or post opportunities.

If you’re job seeking, we suggest using the popular hashtag #OpenToWork and sharing the following:

  • What’s your professional background?
  • What are your hard skills?
  • What are your soft skills?
  • What kinds of positions are you interested in?
  • What geographic areas are you looking in?
  • Something fun!

And don’t forget to attach your resume and any other files that show off your skills to the post!

NYC CIVIL SERVICE CITY PLANNER EXAM

Civil service is a path to working in NYC government and the City Planner exam is open until August 25th. We recommend applying if you qualify and if you’re interested in working for City government.

RESUME WORKSHOP

Looking for a different set of eyes to take a look at your resume? Upload it here for members of the YPT-NYC Board to take a look and provide feedback, comments, and suggestions.

This opportunity is open to all active YPT-NYC members. Resume review is limited to the first 50 resumes submitted. All resumes will remain confidential, and will not be shared beyond the YPT-NYC Board Member(s) reviewing.

UPCOMING EVENTS

We are working on several upcoming events, such as:

  • A book talk to discuss our summer book (Bicycle/Race: Transportation, Culture, and Resistance by Adonia Lugo, PhD). We will be partnering with YPT Portland.
  • A Public Service Loan Forgiveness workshop with experts joining to assist YPT members.
  • A skill share hosted by Mary Buchanan, previously featured in our member profile series!
  • September trivia (details to be announced soon).

Stay tuned!

VIRTUAL TOURS RECAP

In our first virtual tour this July, YPT-NYC took members on an aerial tour of the region’s freight rail facilities. YPT-NYC Chair Jeffrey Brauner was joined by special guest James Nunes, Manager – Operations Support at the New York & Atlantic Railway to fly across all sorts of interesting rail facilities, James shared insight on the NY&A’s operations, and gave attendees a unique transportation perspective. The tour wrapped up with an “explosive” look at Naval Weapons Station Earle, one of the craziest pieces of rail infrastructure you will ever see!

Our second tour focused on aerial imagery using publicly available tools from the NYC Department of City Planning. YPT-NYC Communications Director Rayn Riel hosted an exploration of the five boroughs as they were in 1924, diving into the history of the city’s development, looking into infrastructure projects underway at the time and comparing the built environment of almost 100 year ago with today’s reality.

The third tour was our annual MTA Bridges and Tunnels (MTA B&T) archives tour. This has been the third year in a row that YPT-NYC has been able to provide this tour, albeit under different circumstances. Nellie Hankins, Bridges and Tunnels’ archivist, gave an entertaining overview of the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority’s establishment (legal name of B&T), projects that could have significantly impacted Manhattan’s landscape, and the importance of keeping a historical record. We look forward to partnering to provide this tour in the future with updated information to reflect other projects like the agency’s transition to All Electronic Tolling.

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YPT-NYC July Newsletter: Virtual Tours


Virtual Tours

We are excited to announce three upcoming virtual tours for this month! If interested, be sure tosign up with the links below so we can send you an invitation to join the event online.

Freight Railroads in NY/NJ

Thursday, 7/16 @ 6PM
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Join for a freight railroad-focused virtual tour across New York and New Jersey. The last five years have seen many of the region’s freight rail facilities grow and change. Using Nearmap (which is much more detailed than the satellite view from Google Maps), we will explore across the harbor, not just showing the “then and now” but explaining the why. You’ll also see a railroad system located in New Jersey that will blow your mind! Hosted by YPT Board Member Jeffrey Brauner.

Historic NYC Aerial Imagery

Thursday, 7/23 @ 6PM
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Join us as we explore the five boroughs as they were in 1924, using high resolution aerial imagery available publicly from the NYC Department of City Planning. We will dive into the history of the city’s development, looking into infrastructure projects underway at the time and comparing the built environment of almost 100 year ago with today’s reality. Hosted by YPT Board Member Rayn Riel.

MTA Bridge and Tunnel Archives

Thursday, 7/30 @ 6PM
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Join to attend a virtual tour of the MTA Bridge and Tunnel archives. One of the authority’s archivists will display photos and publications that may date back to the authority’s inception. Also, we will discuss the usefulness of having these historic materials accessible and how they are used today by MTA B&T, which operates seven bridges and two tunnels and is considered to be the largest bridge and tunnel authority in the nation. Hosted by B&T’s Nellie Hankins and YPT Board Member Angello Salazar.
We hope to ‘see you’ at some or all of these July events!

YPT-NYC


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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YPT-NYC June Newsletter


Book Club

Late last month, author and legal historian Sarah Seo joined us for a virtual talk to discuss her book, Policing the Open Road: How Cars Transformed American Freedom. In a timely discussion, Seo gave us first hand insight into her research on how the invention of the automobile spurred decades of 4th Amendment legal cases that shaped the structure of modern American law enforcement and subsequent issues we’re grappling with today.

One doesn’t have to look far to see how racism and transportation continue to intersect in the NYC region. Young Professionals in Transportation NYC (YPT-NYC) is committed to raising awareness of racism in our society and transportation systems, and empowering our membership to make real, Anti-Racist strides within their own workplaces.

To that end, our summer reading book choice is Bicycle/Race: Transportation, Culture, and Resistance, by Adonia Lugo, PhD. More details to follow soon.

Member Profile

Sunny Zheng
Process Improvement Specialist, President’s Office, MTA Long Island Rail Road

Sunny graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 2017, during which time he spent two summers at the MTA, one at LIRR and one at NYCT Operations Planning. In 2018, he joined the NYCT Data Research & Development unit, where he was part of the team that built the Bus Performance Dashboard, and is now at LIRR focused on improving the customer experience through new technologies.

What are you working on that you’re most passionate or proud about (COVID-related)?

In the current environment, providing customer access to crowding information is on the minds of every transit agency around the world. At the LIRR, we have been fortunate in that my team has started on this initiative a couple years ago, and it was only a matter of speeding up the process to get it into the public’s hands as soon as possible. This month, we launched a totally-rewritten TrainTime mobile app as well as new signage at Jamaica station which represent a major leap forward in customer communications for the MTA. Now, users can see car-by-car loading information and where trains will stop, so they can best position themselves to avoid crowded conditions. This project means a lot to me, as I worked on the current version in my first internship six years ago, fixing bugs and adding new features to the then-nascent application. Never had I expected that I would be the one to decommission it and launch the next generation.

For the full Q&A with Sunny, please visit our website!

Resume Workshop

Looking for a different set of eyes to take a look at your resume? Upload it here for members of the YPT-NYC Board to take a look and provide feedback, comments, and suggestions.

This opportunity is open to all active YPT-NYC members. Resume review is limited to the first 50 resumes submitted. All resumes will remain confidential, and will not be shared beyond the YPT-NYC Board Member(s) reviewing.

Virtual Tours & Skill Share

Stay tuned for future events, including virtual tours and skill shares!