Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT) is an international nonprofit coalition of organizations, which helps professional development, fellowship, and networking for young professionals in the transportation field.
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. YPT 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.
Next weekend (April 5th – April 7th) the YPT International board will be traveling to Houston, TX for our annual board meeting. Each year we select a city to meet based off of the locations of one our YPT Chapters. This year we have chosen to meet in good ol’ Houston, TX. YPT Houston was established in 2012, where they have grown as a nonprofit over the years by providing Houston transportation professionals with career guidance, fellowships, and networking opportunities. As an established chapter they have held various events such as panel discussions on equity within transportation, lunch & learns with Microsoft, Transportation Camp Texas, and City of Houston bike tours.
YPT Houston has been so kind to set up two events while we are in town. You can find more information below. We hope to see you there!
Come meet your YPT International Board while we are in Houston, TX for our annual board meeting. YPT members will receive their first drinks for free, so don’t forget to register! Not a member, no problem you can become a YPT member here. Also, make sure to come early if you want to grab some transportation swag. Limited on swag, so come grab em’ while it lasts.
Huitt-Zollars (1001 Fannin St. #4040) Houston, TX 77002
Christof Spieler, author of Trains, Buses, People , Rice University lecturer, V.P. and Director of Planning at Huitt-Zollars will be speaking on the state of transportation in the U.S. Join us at 9am, on Sunday April 7th, in downtown Houston for breakfast and constructing, stimulating transportation dialogue. Breakfast will be on us, just as long as you’re a YPT member.
2018 YPT Award Applications due December 31, 2017 at 11:59pm
Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT) was created to fill the void presented to young professionals in large, established transportation organizations. YPT aims to give young professionals the opportunity to take leadership roles, participate in networking events, and grow their careers. As part of that effort, YPT has established an annual awards program that aims to go beyond the standard “Emerging Star” category that is often the only category that YPT members would be eligible for in other organizations.
YPT Awards are presented annually. This year, the following two award categories will be presented:
YPT Project of the Year – A project that had/is having a significant impact and where young professional(s) played a significant role. Projects will be evaluated based on their impact on the transportation industry or local transportation system and the roles that young professionals played in the project. All project types are eligible (i.e. studies and designs that are being planned to finished products that are already implemented.
YPT Excellence in Innovation/Research of the Year – A product, paper, invention, etc. in the transportation industry where young professionals played a significant role. This category will be judged based on the innovation/research itself and what role young professionals played. All types of innovations and research are eligible.
To apply for an award, submit your application to email@example.com. All applications are due by 11:59PM Eastern Time December 17th, 2017. Applicants are allowed to submit additional materials (such as project samples) as attachments to their application forms. Please send any attachments as a single packet in pdf form. If you wish to submit applications for both categories, please submit separate forms for each category. Applications can be submitted by an individual or by a team. To be eligible, submissions have to relate to work performed or finished within the last three years.
2018 YPT Award Application
1. What category are you applying for?
YPT Project of the Year
YPT Excellence in Innovation/Research of the Year
2. General Information:
3. Description of project/innovation/research (maximum of 1000 words)
4. Description of the outcomes or impacts for the transportation industry or local transportation system(s) from the project/innovation/research (maximum of 250 words)
5. Description of the roles and contributions of young professionals to the project/innovation/research (maximum of 250 words)
6. Additional information for consideration (maximum of 250 words)
7. Please list and describe all attachments
In early January, a panel will evaluate the applications and announce the winners during the YPT Reception at the TRB Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, January 7 th , 2018. Immediately thereafter, we will notify the winners by email and announce the winners on the YPT International website and social media accounts.
Thank you to our YPT International Silver Sponsor, Greenroads!
Join us for Earth Weekend education and the first ever Green Transportation Camp hosted by Greenroads and YPT Seattle. The GTC will bring together professionals from different corners of the industry to learn and teach about current issues relating to sustainability in transportation. Unconference schedule and topics come from attendees themselves. So register, prepare a pitch and – don’t worry – we got brunch. Submit your super cool idea here.
The day will be broken into 30 minute sessions, which can take a range of forms from group discussions to individually led presentations. Brunch will be served, and the unconference will wrap with an optional guided tour of certified Greenroads projects in Seattle. Get ready for a lot of learning and a lot of fun!
This event is open to everyone, and no entering knowledge of sustainable transportation is required. This event is geared toward young professionals, the young at heart, and their government counterparts.As a bonus, we’ll have speed geeking – 30 minute opportunity to check out green products, materials and technologies.
First, we want to congratulate Bridgette Carbajal and her team for winning the Young Professionals Transportation Project of the Year Award.
The California Road Charge Pilot Program
The team of young professionals from CalTrans including Brady Tacdol, Nadiya Chumak, Bridgette Carbajal, Deanne Gabrik and Stephanie Sanfilippo implemented a 5,000 participant road charge pilot project to inform a potential alternative to the state gas tax to finance transportation projects. California’s Road Charge Pilot Program is the largest pilot to-date, offering participants the option to choose from one-of-six manual to automated reporting methods.
Second, we want to congratulate Sam Blanchard for winning the Young Professionals Excellence in Innovation/Research of the Year Award.
For his Masters Thesis at UC Berkeley, Sam developed an open source tool called UrbanAccess, that can be used to create multi-modal transportation networks for use in multi-scale (e.g. address to metropolitan scale) transit accessibility analyses.
UrbanAccess provides a generalized, computationally efficient, and unified accessibility calculation framework by linking tools for:
1) network data acquisition, validation, and processing from disparate General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) data to represent the transit network and OpenStreetMap data to represent the pedestrian network;
2) computing an integrated pedestrian and transit travel time weighted network graph; and
3) computing network accessibility metrics. Example of typical use cases include measuring the total number of jobs accessible in a metropolitan region at the Census block by transit at a particular time of day or measure the change in accessibility resulting from planned transit improvement projects.
UrbanAccess will be made available for free public use in February. This research will be presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board and a portion will be published in the Transportation Research Record.
Additionally, we would like to give a shout-out to the impressive submissions we received this year. From community engagement and bike racks in Pioneer Square in Seattle, to accessible transit route sheets in Baltimore, to incorporating Complete Streets and green principles in Campbell, California; this year saw the highest participation and the most diverse submissions. Thank you all for everything you do for transportation.
Each winning team will receive a happy hour at their local chapter sponsored by YPT International, a plaque recognizing their achievement, and a year of free YPT membership. Every application we received was outstanding, and we hope we will see even more applications next year!