Inaugural Mega Region Transportation Policy Symposium 2020

Megaregion Transportation Policy Symposium
October 1st, 2020
10:30am to 3:30pm EDT

Today Young Professionals in Transportation International is excited to announce our executive sponsorship of the inaugural Megaregion Transportation Policy Symposium on October 1st, 2020. As the executive sponsor, our members can RSVP and claim access to early bird tickets for the international symposium. 


This virtual experience 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. An impressive line up of panelists and speakers are listed on the Symposium Website.


As YPT International members, you are given exclusive early access to this virtual conference at no cost to you. Non-YPT International members will be given access to register for this event starting on Thursday, September 3rd. To check your YPT membership status click here.


Symposium Panels & Schedule – Register for access to all panels, and attend any or all that fit your schedule. Detailed panel information provided at our registration link.

  • Symposium Begins (10:30 AM) 
  • Keynote Address (10:40AM – 10:55 AM)
  • Panel 1: Transportation Recovery & Resiliency in a Post COVID-19 World (11:00 AM – 11:55 AM)
  • Panel 2: The AI Autonomous Revolution (12:00 PM – 12:55 PM)
  • Panel 3: Innovative Transportation Policies to Advance Megaregion Development (1:00 PM – 1:55 PM)
  • Panel 4: Young Leaders In Transportation: Looking to the Future (2:00 PM – 2:55 PM)
  • Concluding Remarks (3:00 PM)

Become a YPT Leader!

Becoming a YPT leader starts with you. If you are considering taking the next step in developing your professional career network and or wanting to provide your skills to other YPT chapters, this is a great way to expand on both.

Take it from Jaime McKay, Director of Sponsorship and Jerome Horne, Communications Deputy Chair, who have recently been listed as a Mass Transit Top 40 Under 40 award! Both serve on our International Board, but also help to lead within their YPT local chapters.

Jaime McKay, YPT International Director of Sponsorship & YPT Baltimore
Jerome Horne, YPT International – Communications Deputy Chair & YPT Indy – Chair

Elections for our 2020-2021 cohort time is here to provide you with that opportunity to help lead the future leaders of transportation. We are putting out calls for you to not only join our international board, but to also keep an eye out for joining your local YPT Board Team!

To learn more about becoming a YPT Leader for your local chapter or joining our YPT International board click here.

2020 YPT Awards – Deadline Extended!

We have extended our YPT Awards application deadline to August 14th, 2020!

In line with our mission to highlight achievements and leadership by young professionals, YPT is launching a new award category. The inaugural YPT Changemakers in Transportation.  

With these three award categories, this year’s awards will highlight more than ever the impacts of YPT members on our organizations, cities, and industries.

Award Categories:

YPT Changemakers in Transportation – An award highlighting several outstanding YPT members who are making a significant impact in the field of transportation. The individual(s) will be evaluated by their impacts on the transportation industry, regional and or local transportation systems, organizations. All members of YPT are eligible.  

YPT Transportation Project of the Year – An award for a project that had/is having a significant impact and where young professional(s) played a significant role. Projects will be evaluated by their impacts for the transportation industry or local transportation system and the roles that young professionals played in them. All project types are eligible from studies and designs that are being implemented to finished products already being used. 

YPT Excellence in Innovation/Research of the Year – An award that will go to a product, paper, invention, etc. in the transportation industry where young professionals played a significant role. This will be judged based on what the innovation/research is and what role young professionals played. All types of innovations and research are eligible. 

Eligibility Criteria: 

(All Awards): YPT Member 

(Project & Innovation/Research of the Year): Application related to work/research performed in the last 3 years 

How to Apply 

Applicants can apply for the award(s) by completing the nomination form during the nomination period. 

Nomination Timeline now includes a *NEW* deadline.

Award Nomination Period: June 1, 2020 – August 14th, 2020 *NEW

Award Deadline: August 14th, 2020, 11:59 PM EST *NEW

Award Public Announcement: September 21st, 2020 (Tentative)

Any questions related to the YPT Awards may be directed to the Director of Administration, William Wang, who oversees the awards. You may reach him via LinkedIn or Email (admin@yptransportation.org). 

Black Lives and YPT

We CAN do better. We NEED to do better. We MUST do better. 

We at YPT International fully support Black Lives, and the movement to end systemic racism, discrimination and intolerance. Collectively, we share the pain, anger and frustration felt across America over the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Dreasjon Reed and so many more. This is not a moment in history, but rather a movement in condemning racism itself.  

We can’t talk about racism without addressing the history of racism in transportation. Transportation has an element of systemic racism that has allowed racism, discrimination, and intolerance to sustain itself. From interstate highways built through communities of color to an underinvestment of transit services, underserved populations continue to be left out of consideration when decisions that impact their day to day lives are made. The traditional makeup of our industry has predominately been of one race, gender identity, sexuality, and of fully-abled bodies creating change that only represents these limited voices. 

YPT International has and will continue to enable spaces for all. Here’s what we’ve achieved so far. 

  • Our board serves as a snapshot of the future of transportation leaders, with the inclusion of Black, Indigenous, POC and LGBTQ+ professionals 
  • 2020 National Rural in Transportation event, this event highlighted indigenous communities 
  • 2020 Black History Month 
  • 2020 Creating communication protocols that encourage the use of pronouns for our Board of Directors 
  • 2019 Established more membership demographic options for members to identify with as part of their membership profile (I.e. non-binary, trans-man, trans-woman, etc.) 
  • 2019 Pride Month 

We will continue marching forward and identifying action items that increase the visibility of those who face racism, discrimination and intolerance. For those that are interested in collaborating with us, or want to become involved with these efforts, please contact (info@yptransportation.org). Please stay tuned as more information on specific action items will be shared in the coming weeks. 

We hope to see you standing with us, making moves and inspiring change to help put an end to systemic racism. 

Now Open – 2020 YPT Awards

Nominations are now open!

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In line with our mission to highlight achievements and leadership by young professionals, YPT is launching a new award category. The inaugural YPT Changemakers in Transportation.  

With these three award categories, this year’s awards will highlight more than ever the impacts of YPT members on our organizations, cities, and industries.

Award Categories:

YPT Changemakers in Transportation – An award highlighting several outstanding YPT members who are making a significant impact in the field of transportation. The individual(s) will be evaluated by their impacts on the transportation industry, regional and or local transportation systems, organizations. All members of YPT are eligible.  

YPT Transportation Project of the Year – An award for a project that had/is having a significant impact and where young professional(s) played a significant role. Projects will be evaluated by their impacts for the transportation industry or local transportation system and the roles that young professionals played in them. All project types are eligible from studies and designs that are being implemented to finished products already being used. 

YPT Excellence in Innovation/Research of the Year – An award that will go to a product, paper, invention, etc. in the transportation industry where young professionals played a significant role. This will be judged based on what the innovation/research is and what role young professionals played. All types of innovations and research are eligible. 

Eligibility Criteria: 

(All Awards): YPT Member 

(Project & Innovation/Research of the Year): Application related to work/research performed in the last 3 years 

How to Apply 

Applicants can apply for the award(s) by completing the nomination form during the nomination period. 

Nomination Timeline 

Award Nomination Period: June 1, 2020 – July 31, 2020 

Award Deadline: July 31, 2020, 11:59 PM EST 

Award Finalists Selected: August 14, 2020 

Award Awardees Selected: August 21, 2020 

Award Public Announcement: August 31, 2020 

Any questions related to the YPT Awards may be directed to the Director of Administration, William Wang, who oversees the awards. You may reach him via LinkedIn or Email (admin@yptransportation.org).