NYC Job Alert: MTA Office of Management & Budget

Join a team of financial professionals striving for continual improvement and economic efficiencies at NYC Transit, the largest mass transit system in the Western Hemisphere with more than 45,000 employees, moving almost 7.6 million riders on its subways and buses on a typical weekday and 2.3 billion passengers annually. The MTA Office of Management & Budget is hiring multiple positions. Please see below for the titles and responsibilities, and visit the MTA’s career page for more information and to apply.

Title: Manager, Business Planning (2 positions)

ResponsibilitiesThese positions will be responsible for the formulation and implementation of strategies to improve economic efficiency and service quality.  Responsibilities also include developing and analyzing the strategic business and financial plan, developing and analyzing annual operating budget requirements, conducting special analytic management studies to improve services and cost effectiveness, and direct analytical support to evaluate investment program proposals to best advance NYCT’s mission.

Title: Manager, OMB Resource Review

ResponsibilitiesThis position will be responsible for the formulation and implementation of strategies to improve economic efficiency and service quality.  Responsibilities also include developing and analyzing the strategic business and financial plan, developing and analyzing annual operating budget requirements and results, conducting analytic studies to improve cost effectiveness, and direct analytical support to evaluate investment program proposals. The selected candidate must be able to document processes, validate results, and present analysis/recommendations.

NYC Job Alert: RPA Associated Planner

Regional Plan Association is seeking a talented urban planner, economist, or policy analyst to undertake research, analyze data, and develop policy programs to identify and advocate best practices in transportation, environmental, and land use initiatives. Candidates should share RPA’s passion for fostering thriving, healthy cities, and communities. RPA encourages a challenging, collaborative, and fun work environment, and also believes in work-life balance.

RPA, a nonprofit urban-planning organization, focuses on the strategic government and business decisions that will shape the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut region’s overall well-being for the next generation. These include major infrastructure, urban planning, housing, environment, and climate policies and investments.

Applicants should have several years of work experience and a relevant masters-level degree. RPA is seeking someone with a deep understanding of urban planning and policy issues as well as a demonstrable track record finding, analyzing and presenting data in a compelling way. Applicants should possess excellent analytical, writing, and presentation skills. Experience working in teams is essential, as is some knowledge of GIS and statistics tools.

Typical projects include analysis of census or other data; presentation of results in written and graphic formats; coordination with project partners and decision-makers; and presentation of results at public conferences and workshops. Thinking creatively about tools, data, and strategies to support RPA’s high-quality planning and policy work is always encouraged.

RPA is a workplace that values diversity. Employment and promotional opportunities are equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.

To apply, please fill out this application, and send your resume, cover letter, and any supporting materials to as PDF attachments with “your name, Associate Planner” in the subject line. Applications without all attachments will not be considered. All applications must be received by Monday, July 15 to be considered.

NYC Event Recap: Catenary Presentation

On May 22nd, YPT-NTC and the ASCE Younger Members Forum for NYC joined to present a technical talk with Grace Baird, Catenary Engineer for URS Corporation. Grace, a member of both YPT and ASCE, shared her story of how she entered the field of catenary engineering, and showed a powerpoint that was a great introduction to the challenges and fundamentals of the field. We learned how different transportation networks manage to provide power to rapid transit vehicles, how overhead contact systems work, some history of the technology, and about other technologies spanning the world.

The attendees asked questions at the end, and the event was followed by a happy hour at Local West. The response from both groups was very positive and hopefully we have inspired some new interest in the field of catenary engineering!

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Thanks to Chrissie Carlin for summarizing this event!
Chrissie is a Principal Transportation Planner for MTA New York City Transit (NYCT), within the Operations Planning department. She has been with NYCT since 2007, when she began as an intern in Capital Planning & Budget then moved to Operations Planning with Rail Network Analysis. She serves on the YPT-NYC board as the Co-Vice Chair of Programming.

NYC Event Alert: 2013 Summer Tour Series

We are pleased to offer our 2013 Summer Tour Series…

2013 Summer Tour Series Flyer

Tour Date Start Time End Time
NYCDOT Street Design Tour June 25 4:00 PM 6:00 PM
Port Newark June 28 9:00 AM 11:00 AM
Oak Island Yard and Newark Auto Terminal July 2 9:00 AM 11:30 AM
Grand Central Terminal July 10 9:00 AM 1:00 PM
CitiBike Experience July 21 10:00 AM 12 Noon
TBTA Brooklyn Battery Tunnel and Vent Building July 23 10:00 AM 12 Noon
NY NJ Rail July 24 9:00 AM 11:00 AM
NYCDOT Traffic Management Center July 24 3:30 PM 5:00 PM
NYCT Rail Control Center July 26 9:00 AM 10:30 AM
Croton-Harmon Shop August 1 3:30 PM 5:00 PM
East Side Access August 8 8:30 AM 10:30 AM
Coney Island Shop August 9 9:00 AM 11:00 AM
General Motors Electric Vehicles (Spark) August 16 6:00 PM 8:00 PM
George Washington Bridge August 19 10:00 AM 1:00 PM

Please click here and fill out the registration form to indicate the top five tours you are interested in attending.


  1. Please fill out the form as soon as possible. Many tours require security clearing in advance. We will begin assigning tours as early as next week.
  2. We will only contact you for the tours you have been assigned. We will do our best to give you adequate time to plan. These are high volume tours, so please be patient as we handle the logistics of scheduling multiple tours.
  3. Space is extremely limited on these tours, and members will get first priority. If you are not a member, it is unlikely you will be selected for these high demand tours. Please click here to become a member.

NYC Event Recap: Scavenger Hunt

On June 1, YPT-NYC and APA New York Metropolitan Chapter teamed up to host the first Transportation Scavenger Hunt! About 17 teams gathered at Union Square on a 90 degree day, ready to scour the city for transportation related trivia.

Teams rushed to solve riddles and tackle challenges that brought them as far north as the George Washington Bridge, and as far south as the newly opened Smith-9th St. station in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn –all within 3 hours. Because there were more clues than could be solved, teams had to prioritize clues and select the most efficient route (using any mode of transportation) to have a chance at winning.


The winning team’s strategy: We came up with answers to most of the clues, then sorted out the red herrings (there are no horse-drawn carriages in 91 degrees). Then we figured out a route that would allow us to best use our time, even then we had to shave off some stops and run here and there. We started at the Union Square area up to GCT, then shuttled over to Times Square, then took a yellow train to Herald Square, then walked to Penn Station, then we took the train to 14th street to grab some more pics, then grabbed a pic of Canal street while speeding through on the A/C train, and then went hog wild around the Fulton area stop. I forgot there was a lighthouse at the seaport until I was grabbing my SBS ticket. Originally we were going to then ride the SBS to First and First, grab some points there, then take the F to Smith & 9th, then ride back to the vicinity of the Transit Museum. Instead we just went from the seaport to the Transit Museum since that was the last bonanza we’d be able to grab before having to head to the Bierhalle.

The hunt ended at Die Koelner Bierhalle in Park Slope, Brooklyn, where teams enjoyed beer and German-themed snacks, and saw their photos projected on a large screen in the center of the hall.

A sampling of the clues and answers:

  1. Q: The 1997 Men in Black Headquarters entrance.
  2. Q: What’s black and yellow, checkered, and can carry up to 149 passengers?
  3. Q: Find the only way to get from 23rd Street to Christopher Street for $2.25.
  4. Q: Find the newest non-integer “avenue” in midtown Manhattan.
  5. Q: Get a photo of your team giving a high five to a uniformed/vested MTA employee/conductor (who is not participating in the scavenger hunt)!
  1. A: The Brooklyn Battery Tunnel Vent Building entrance
  2. A: New York Water Taxi
  3. A: PATH
  4. A: 6 1/2 Avenue
  5. A:











Congratulations to the winning team: Ashley Emerole, Max Miller, and Mimi Brownstone! Thank you to APA New York Metropolitan Chapter for working with YPT-NYC on such a successful event!

Thanks to Elizabeth Paul for summarizing this event! Visit to learn about future events.

Elizabeth is an analyst in the Strategic Initiatives group at MTA Bridges and Tunnels, an agency that carries more traffic than any other bridge and tunnel authority in the nation. Her work involves strategic analysis in various toll collection technologies being considered for adoption, and assisting other B&T departments with fast-paced analysis as needed. She serves on the YPT-NYC board as the Co-Vice Chair of Programming.