YPT Boston

Who We Are

The Boston chapter of Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT) is dedicated to fostering career development of young professionals in the transportation field.

YPT Boston 2015-2016 full board photo

YPT Boston Board, 2015 – 2016

Our chapter was formed in September 2010 to enhance professional development among young transportation practitioners and future leaders. YPT was formed in 2007 as a national organization, headquartered in Washington, D.C. and has since grown to include chapters in many large cities in the U.S. Our goals are threefold:

1. Professional Development: Provide a regular series of seminars from leading individuals or teams in the transportation field.

2. Fellowship: Provide an ongoing forum for mutual support and interaction between young transportation professionals, especially for those starting their careers.

3. Networking: Provide networking opportunities and seminars to help young professionals advance their careers and share innovative ideas.

What We Do

Networking Events – These events are a great way to get to know your fellow transportation professionals and students in a relaxed, informal setting. We meet at various bars and restaurants in the Boston area. Networking events generally feature an invited Distinguished Guest, a leader in the transportation field. Boston events are free, unless otherwise noted.

Leadership Seminars – These seminars are a great way to meet and interact with distinguished leaders in the transportation field. Participants are encouraged to ask questions about the speakers’ work, career path, and for advice to today’s young professionals. Speakers invited to attend include prominent transportation practitioners and leaders.

Technical Tours – These tours offer members the opportunity to explore transportation in practice.

Board Meetings – These are regularly scheduled meetings of the YPT Boston Board of Directors. At these meetings, we discuss the group’s goals and strategies and plan events. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of every month. Check out agendas and minutes here.

Upcoming Events

Join YPT-Boston for one of our upcoming networking events, brownbags, or technical tours. All upcoming events are posted here, or join our mailing list.

February 3, 2016: Lunch & Learn

Focus 40: The Future of the MBTA

Jen Slesinger from MassDOT’s Office of Transportation Planning will present on Focus40,  the MBTA’s long-range capital investment plan for the next 25 years, reaching to the year 2040. Any infrastructure planned today will need to serve the needs of future riders. The Focus40 process must therefore consider the world within which the MBTA will operate in 2040.

Come hear about the factors that will affect our future and how the MBTA’s role should evolve to meet our needs. The MBTA wants to hear from you so be ready to share your thoughts and ideas!

Please join us on Wednesday, February 3rd from 12:00 – 1:00 PM. Free light lunch will be provided to those who RSVP of course! RSVP here

Date & Time: Wednesday, February 3rd from 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Location: 60 Temple Place
3rd floor
Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC)
Boston, MA 02111
United States

February 11, 2016: Ice Skating with YPT Boston!

Please join YPT Boston and your fellow transportation enthusiasts to partake in the oldest means of human powered transportation – ice skating! Skating will take place at Community Ice Skating @ Kendall (about a 5 minute walk from the Kendall Square T stop) from 6-8:00pm on Thursday, February 11th. We will also be gathering afterwards for a social at Commonwealth Market in Kendall Square around 8:00 p.m.!

Additional details: There is no admission cost, but skate rentals are $8 and lockers are $1. The snack bar will remain open for the duration of the event. Also note that soft pucks and hockey sticks are allowed if you want to put together a game – please just let us know at programs@yptboston.org in advance. Be sure to dress appropriately! RSVP here

Don’t want to skate? No problem – we’d still love for you to come and hang out (and watch how well others transport themselves across ice)!

Still don’t have an answer to your question? Please visit the rink’s website.

Date & Time: Thursday, February 11th from 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Location: 300 Athenaeum St.
Community Ice Skate @ Kendall
Cambridge, MA 02142
United States

February 24, 2016: Bocce Ball Social!

On Wednesday February 24, please join YPT Boston at the Point for socializing and indoor bocce! Major League Bocce will have an indoor bocce court set up and will be running the games. No experience necessary.

This is a great way to meet other transportation professionals and socialize with YPT members in a casual atmosphere, and with some friendly competition. Don’t miss out on this unique event to try Bocce for the first time or show off your Bocce skills! Light appetizers will be provided by YPT. RSVP here

Date & Time: Wednesday, February 24th from 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Location: 147 Hanover St.
Boston, MA 02108

Ringing in the new year means ringing in some new and different events from YPT Boston. Be on the lookout for more events this year like this one that encourage fellowship – just in a more casual setting!


Past Events

Check out a complete list of our past events, including photos, here and on Facebook.

Become a Member of YPT Boston

Becoming a YPT member is simple. YPT offers two categories of involvement: a Member and a Friend. A paid voting Member registration fee covers activities at YPT Boston, as well as with our National (Washington, D.C.) chapter.

Membership to YPT is open to all young transportation professionals and students around the world. We DO NOT have an age-restricted definition of “young” in YPT. Anyone is welcome to participate in our activities and base membership is free.

Benefits of Membership include:

  • Discounts to YPT events
  • Special Members only events
  • Eligibility to run for a YPT Boston Board Member position
  • Eligibility to vote in YPT elections

Plus all the benefits of being a YPT Friend (below)

The term of the annual membership fee is recognized as the period from the day YPT receives your payment until the prior day next year.

Membership dues are received and processed by our National (Washington, D.C.) chapter. Membership dues can be paid online or by check.

Click here to join or pay membership dues online

Become a YPT Boston Friend

Anyone can become a Friend of YPT Boston by signing up for the YPT email list! Click here to sign up on the YPT Friend list – our general mailing list.

Benefits of becoming a Friend of YPT for free include:

  • Updates on all matters of interest to YPT members via our regular email distribution
  • Subscription to Mobility Matters, YPT National’s quarterly newsletter
  • Opportunities to get to know other fellow young professionals in transportation through regular events

Questions about becoming a Member or a Friend? Email membership@yptboston.org.


Election results are in! Visit our Chapter Leadership page to see the new 2015-2016 YPT Boston Board.

Contact Us

To communicate with our Board of Directors, please contact us at  our general email address.

Please see our Chapter Leadership page for specific contact information for individual Board members.


YPT offers its sincere thanks to our current sponsors:

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