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.
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!
Keck Center of the National Academies, 500 Fifth St., N.W. Washington, D.C, USA
May 6 – May 8, 2015
About the Conference:
Sustainability has emerged as an overarching concern for the transportation sector around the world. This international conference, supported by the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, will present thought-provoking examples of sustainability thinking, analysis and practice in the transportation field. The conference will especially promote approaches that adopt a holistic view on sustainability, combining the key dimensions of
In the upcoming weeks, there are three conferences of interest to Members and Friends of YPT. Here you can find one-stop event information and links to these worthwhile conferences and events.
4th Annual Transportation Camp
Saturday, January 10, 2015
George Mason University Founders Hall
3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201
George Mason University School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs
The “unconference” is designed to bring together transportation professionals, technologists, and others interested in the intersection of urban transportation and technology. Anyone who wants to improve mobility is welcome!
UMD’s upcoming Advanced Transportation Technologies event is taking place in College Park, Md. on the morning of Aug. 28.
This event will feature UMD’s first-ever Labor Day weekend traffic forecast (issued by their Center of Advanced Transportation Technology Lab). Even more, each of their three labs will speak to their specific capabilities and major projects, ranging from traffic visualization and data fusion integration, to emergency preparedness/evacuation routes and innovative intersection design for congestion mitigation. The event will be attended by media and the general public, as well as regional alumni working in transportation/transportation engineering.