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March 2021 – Author Talk on 3/11!

Celebrating Women’s History Month!

We are honoring the contribution of women in the transportation industry, such as the first female NYCT Subway Train Operator Marion McAllister, inventor Mary Walton, bus company entrepreneur Helen Schultz, first female African-American commercial pilot Willa Brown, and first female Asian-American commercial pilot Katherine Cheung. We also honor all the women and female-identifying people within our YPT-NYC community that keep our region moving.

A special congratulations to the following women (who have previously kept the NYC region moving) who will now be serving us as USDOT appointees in the Biden Administration: Nuria FernandezMeera JoshiPolly TrottenbergDiana Lopez, and Dani Simons.  

Mercado, Stephanie. For the Love of Essential Workers. Relief Print Collage. 2020. LA Metro Silver Linings Series.

In honor of Women’s History month, we are featuring the work of an emerging female artist based in Los Angeles. Stephanie Mercado is a multidisciplinary artist influenced by her life as a working-class Angeleno from a family of artisans. Mercado’s work explores the proverbial American Dream and psychology of labor. Her piece featured above, which was commissioned by LA Metro, celebrates the valuable services provided by essential workers and the power of arts and culture are heightened during challenging times.

UPCOMING YPT-NYC EVENTS

Author Talk

Thursday, March 11 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Join us as we discuss the paper announced last month, Engineering the New York City Subway: The Thinking Behind the World’s Fastest and Most Convenient Rapid Transit System, with the author, Kyle M. Kirschling. The paper delves into the New York City subway system, which embodies design elements unparalleled among the world’s major rapid transit systems. The pillars of the system’s design are the high-speed right-of-way, trains located underground but still close to the surface, extensive four-track mainlines with all tracks on the same level, and bi-directional local and express service. 
 
Please come with questions! The author is looking forward to discussing with you all!

Click here to register.

RECENT YPT-NYC EVENTS

Podcast Club

Thanks to everyone who joined our first ever Podcast Club series in February to discuss streets, tunnels, bridges, and airports! Stay tuned!

Salary Negotiation Workshop

Thanks to those who attended the salary negotiation workshop. It was very well attended with over 60 people! We learned so many useful tips to approach salary negotiations. Takeaways from the workshop include: be prepared to articulate your value to a potential or existing employer, track your skills and accomplishments, share your successes, and quantify the impact of your work. Visit the AAUW website for online resources and free trainings on salary negotiation.

Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy Student Information Panel Event

Six members of YPT-NYC and YPT-Philadelphia teamed up for a panel with Bloustein students on careers in transportation. Panelists shared personal stories about their diverse professional paths within the private and public sectors and tips on landing a job for the soon-to-be jobseekers. A recording of the panel will be available upon request. 

YPT-NYC MEMBER PROFILE

Chelsea Ramos, Technical Specialist in the Environment, Energy, & Sustainability (EE&S) Department at NJ Transit 
 
Chelsea is an Environmental Scientist with 7 years experience at NJ Transit, all of which have been both professionally and personally rewarding. She received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Environmental Science from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. She enjoys being an active member of the YPT-NYC community, and she currently holds the position of Vice-Chair of College Outreach for the new Women Transportation Seminar (WTS) NJ Chapter. 

What is your favorite YPT-NYC event and why?  
 
The facility tours and scavenger hunts. These events are great because they provide both an educational outlet while also building social connections with other members of YPT-NYC. Also, as a New Jerseyan, the scavenger hunts help me learn more about NYC!
 
What sparked your passion to work in the transportation industry?  
 
My passion was sparked when I realized how diverse the field really is! To make this industry successful, it requires the collective input of many different backgrounds, experiences, and types of expertise to continue to function daily.
 
What are you working on that you’re most excited by?  
 
I am currently working on two different railroad bridge replacement projects. As an environmental scientist, my role includes environmental impact review, mitigation measures, and permitting. Large-scale capital projects like these are complex and engaging because of the far reach of the project and the collaboration with other agencies, like Conrail and Amtrak. I have the opportunity to work with expert engineers, scientists, and designers, and as a side perk, I get to make some new friends outside of my organization!
 
What career advice would you give to other YPT’ers interested in your career path?
 
I would say to use every opportunity as a learning experience. Every task should be considered a productive action–even drafting an email can build on your skills. 
 
What famous celebrity would you like to hear voice a NYCT Subway Announcement?
 
Jennifer Lopez! She is a native Bronx resident and she often took the NYCT subway to get to her gigs around the City.  

To read our full Q&A with Chelsea, click here. 

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!

YPT-NYC UPCOMING EVENTS

Stay tuned for upcoming events!  Also, please reach out to us here if you’re interested in hosting a virtual tour or skill share.

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.

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February 2021 – Celebrating Black History Month!

Wishing you a happy Black History Month! 

The accomplishments of Black Americans in transportation extend throughout the history of the transportation industry in America, such as inventor Granville T. Woods, bridge engineer Horace King, the first Black female pilot, Bessie Coleman, the first Black Metropolitan Transit Authority Board member, Lawrence R. Bailey Sr., the first Black USDOT Secretary, William Thaddeus Coleman Jr., and the first Black woman to lead a transit agency, at WMATA, Carmen E. Turner. We also honor those within our YPT-NYC community who work to keep the region moving.

Credit: Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Painting created by Thelma Johnson Streat, American, 1912-1959. © Thelma Johnson Streat Project.

YPT-NYC EVENTS THIS MONTH

Podcast Club 

Every Wednesday in February at 12:00 p.m.

Join us at the YPT-NYC Podcast Club! We are hosting a 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. 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! 

Click here to RSVP.

Salary Negotiation Workshop

Tuesday, February 9 at 12:00pm

We will be holding a Salary Negotiation Workshop jointly with WTS Greater New York and APA New York Metro Chapter, free for members of YPT-NYC, APA NY or WTS-GNY. The workshop will be held through the AAUW (American Association of University Women) Work Smart program. 
Click here to register. 

(Check your YPT membership status here, or join here.)

YPT-NYC UPCOMING EVENTS 

Author Talk (Date Announced in March)

Join us as we read Engineering the New York City Subway: The Thinking Behind the World’s Fastest and Most Convenient Rapid Transit System, a short paper by Kyle M. Kirschling, who will join us for an author talk in March (to be announced). Kyle is also featured in this month’s member profile below. 

The paper delves into the New York City subway system, which embodies design elements unparalleled among the world’s major rapid transit systems. The pillars of the system’s design are the high-speed right-of-way, trains being underground but close to the surface, having extensive four-track mainlines with all tracks on the same level, and providing bi-directional local and express service. The subway’s design principles were shaped by a booming population, geographical barriers, and a pre-existing state-of-the-art elevated railway network.

YPT-NYC MEMBER PROFILE

Kyle M. Kirschling, Senior Director, Quality Assurance, MTA New York City Transit

Kyle is an urbanist who specializes in improving cities’ infrastructure. He is a licensed CPA and has a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from Columbia University. He is the author of “An Economic Analysis of Rapid Transit in New York, 1870-2010,” an evaluation of the impact of private, public, and hybrid institutions for transit ownership and operation. He presently runs an internal management consulting group at the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority focused on solving infrastructure maintenance and safety issues for the subway division.

Q: What sparked your passion to write this paper?

A:  I wrote this paper to inspire greater ambition and better design in urban infrastructure.  Planners often express despair and disappointment over projects that fall short of our hopes and dreams, like the Second Avenue Subway and AirTrain LaGuardia.  However, to achieve our hopes and dreams, it’s super important to understand and celebrate our successes, and the subway is a magnificent example.  The engineers who designed it were facing extraordinary challenges and working in totally uncharted territory, they came up with a radical design that would depend on unproven technology, they faced heavy opposition from the public (including real estate interests), and yet they won the day.  How?  Through the excellence of their design and the soundness of their thinking.  If they could do that then (with fewer resources and 19th Century technology), think what we could do now.  

To read our full Q&A with Kyle, click here. 

OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS

Live from NYPL Event – NYPL Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Presents: Four Hundred Souls by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain 

Tuesday, February 9 at 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Four Hundred Souls is a history of African Americans collected from 90 writers, edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain. Kendi and Blain assembled the writers to consider the 400-year journey of African Americans from 1619 to the present. Each contributing writer takes on a five-year period, examining it from their unique point of view and set of experiences. Join the editors, alongside contributors Robert Jones, Jr., Bernice L. McFadden, and Dr. Blair L.M. Kelley for this free virtual talk, which includes readings from the collection and a discussion on what it takes to develop a community history, by a community.

Click here to register. 


On-going Online Exhibit – NYPL Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Presents: Traveling While Black: A Century of Pleasure & Pain & Pilgrimages

Since the start of their experience in the Americas, Black people have been defined by travel, displacement, and resistance. Whether in the horrors of the Middle Passage or the rebellion of Maroon communities made up of escaped slaves, travel has meant much—and something much more—for Africans in the Americas. This exhibition explores over a century of travel. Moving from the Great Migration of African Americans north and west at the start of the 20th century to the restrictions and resistances of travel in the Jim Crow South and the Jane Crow North, Traveling While Black examines a history of travel, from those who found themselves exiles within their own country down to the pilgrims and pleasure seekers of our time. 

Click here to view the exhibit. 

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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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
RSVP

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
RSVP

BIKE RIDE & MEET UP

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

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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!

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

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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!

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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

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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

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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
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!