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

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

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

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!


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.


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!


February Happy Hour: Andy Byford Appreciation Night

Andy Byford Appreciation Night

Come celebrate the tenure of New York City Transit’s outgoing President, Andy Byford, on February 20th at Jack Doyle’s in Midtown. After two years of fast-forwarding New York City’s subway and bus network, the leader who came to be known as Train Daddy is departing the MTA. OMNY or swipe your way to Midtown and celebrate the enthusiasm Andy Byford gave New Yorkers with dedication, an open ear, and quintessentially British charm with your fellow young professionals!

When: Thursday, February 20th, 6-8PM
Where: Jack Doyle’s, 240 W 35th St, NY


Outgoing New York City Transit President Andy Byford energized the public’s enthusiasm and New Yorkers’ hopes for a more contemporary, higher functioning transportation network. From highlighting the basics of signal technology, to hearing from stakeholders dealing with multimodal accessibility challenges, and even attending TransportationCamp NYC, Mr. Byford was passionate about what he did, and cared for and empowered the people who worked for him, including many of our members. YPT-NYC appreciates all that he did in the time he was here, and wishes Mr. Byford well in his future endeavors.

Author Talk: Wednesday, March 18th

Save the date (3/18) for a talk with Sarah Seo, author of Policing the Open Road: How Cars Transformed American Freedom. Sarah is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Iowa. She clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. More details coming soon.

Speed Networking

Join us for our annual night of networking with people in diverse areas of transportation, where young professionals can offer advice and guidance to fellow young professionals and aspiring students. This “speed-dating” style networking event aims to advance professional development and relationships among college students, graduate students, and young professionals in the greater New York City area.

Please fill out this survey to sign up for this event. We recommend doing so right away, as seats fill up quickly! We will contact you a week or so before the event to share mentor bios and networking tips. You must be a YPT member to participate as a mentee.

We will also be offering free headshot photos for all participants!

When: Wednesday, March 25th, 6-8PM
Where: WSP, One Penn Plaza, NY


We will also host our March happy hour right after the networking event at Tempest Bar. Whether you participated in the event or not, join us for a drink and fun times with fellow YPT-ers.

When: Wednesday, March 25th, 8-10PM
Where: Tempest Bar, 407 8th Ave, NY

Member Profile

We’re excited to launch this year’s member profile series with Lauren Bailey, the Director of Climate Policy at the Tri-State Transportation Campaign!

Lauren Bailey Headshot

Lauren works to fulfill Tri-State’s priority to meet climate goals. Previously, Lauren served as the Capital District’s Transportation Authority’s Mobility Manager, overseeing their alternative transportation portfolio including a bike-share program, taxi policy, and microtransit. She also has experience in policy development and advocacy, including clean energy and healthcare. Lauren holds a Master’s Certificate in Urban Policy and a B.A. in Political Science & Public Health from the University at Albany, State University of New York.

What are you working on that you’re most passionate or proud about?

I think I am most proud of my organization’s work around the MTA Capital Plan. It’s so easy for the public–and even transit professionals–to glaze over when you look at project lists, budgets, and timelines. Our work has centered on humanizing the massive investments and asking questions to make sure transit advocates, other government officials and the riding public have the answers they need.

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

I want to figure out how to get people in suburban areas out of their vehicles. There is such a stigma to walking, biking, and taking transit in areas where driving is often the quickest.

For the full Q&A, please check out the spotlight on our website!

January Events

We enjoyed grabbing lunch with YPT’ers in Downtown Manhattan last month. Also, bravo to everyone who braved the rainy weather and made it to our January Game Night! If you didn’t make it, it’s OK too. We understand…

Looking forward,
YPT Board


YPT-NYC January Newsletter: Power Lunch & Game Night

Holiday Party

Happy 2020! Thanks to all members and our generous sponsor (HDR) for making 2019’s holiday party a huge success!

Power Lunch

We’ll be getting together for lunch downtown at the public atrium at 60 Wall Street. Bring your lunch or grab something on the way, and enjoy a break from your day with fellow YPT-ers.

When: Tuesday, January 14th, 12-1PM
Where: 60 Wall Street, New York, NY 10005


Game Night

Back by popular demand, brush up your problem-solving skills and show off your competitive streak over a drink at The Sackett with YPT friends. 

When: Saturday, January 25th, 3-6PM
Where: 661 Sackett St, Brooklyn, NY 11217


New Website

We have launched a new website, which is linked to our social media accounts and updated with our latest events, so please feel free to follow us there and offer feedback.

Book Club

Three lucky recipients received Policing the Open Road: How Cars Transformed American Freedom at our holiday party. We will be meeting for book club in March so stay tuned!

See you soon,
YPT Board


YPT-NYC Holiday Party: This Wednesday, 12/18!

YPT-NYC Annual Holiday Party

Join us for drinks and appetizers this Wednesday, 12/18! The new 2019-2020 Board looks forward to meeting everyone and thanking last year’s Board for a job well done.

The party is free but you must be a member to attend. If you bring a friend, and they become a YPT member at the happy hour, you both get a free drink!

When: Wednesday, December 18th, 6-8 PM
Where: The Half Pint, 76 W 3rd St, between Thompson St and LaGuardia Pl


We thank our generous sponsor, HDR, for helping us make this another fun event for all!

Book Club

We are happy to announce our latest book club selection, Policing the Open Road: How Cars Transformed American Freedom. Author Sarah Seo chronicles how the rise of the car, the symbol of American personal freedom, inadvertently led to ever more intrusive policing—with disastrous consequences for racial equality in our criminal justice system. We will give away a copy of the book to three lucky recipients at the party.

Take Our Survey!

Please take our short survey so we know how we are doing. We want to provide opportunities for professional development, networking, and most importantly, fellowship with professionals, academics, and enthusiasts in the transportation field.

Coming Soon

We look forward to providing inclusive and engaging programming in the coming year. We will soon be launching a member profile series, book club, networking lunches, game nights, and many other events, so stay tuned, and see you at our holiday party!


October Newsletter: Happy Hour w/ NJT, Scavenger Hunt, and more!

Upcoming Events

October Happy Hour w/ NJ Transit

Join us and New Jersey Transit as we host a happy hour following the American Public Transportation Association’s Annual Conference! Come grab a drink, and mix and mingle with fellow transportation professionals in the area. As always, non-YPT members are also welcome.

When:  Tuesday, October 15th, 2019, 6-8pm
Where: The Brazen Tavern, 356 W 44th St., New York, NY


YPT-NYC & APA-NY Metro Scavenger Hunt

Join fellow YPTers and members of the American Planning Association’s New York Metro Chapter for the seventh annual Transportation Scavenger Hunt! Teams of 3-6 people will scour Downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights, and more in search of answers to clues about the neighborhoods’ transportation history.

When:Saturday, October 26, 2019, 3-7pm 
Where: Brooklyn War Memorial, 195 Cadman Plaza West, Brooklyn, NY

Join the YPT Board!

Every year, YPT- NYC chapter members elect local board members to help provide spectacular programming – tours, happy hours, book talks, professional development events and more. We’re at the end of another election cycle and are calling for board members for the 2019 – 2020 cycle.

Becoming a board member is a great way to build leadership experience and build a professional community with the NYC transportation world.

We have extended our deadline to apply for the YPT – NYC Board.

Applications to join are due by Wednesday, October 9th.
*To be an eligible candidate, you must be a paid YPT Member by October 9th.

Learn more and apply here >

Some key dates to mark on your calendar:

  • Extended Deadline: October 9th – Candidate statements are due by 11:59pm EST* 
  • October 15th – Ballots are sent to YPT Members
  • November 1st – New board terms begin

Meet the Candidates at Transportation Camp

Don’t forget to register for Transportation Camp NYC on Saturday, October 12th and meet some of the candidates running for the 2019-2020 YPT Board at the Transportation Camp Happy Hour. Look for us with the banner!

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