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.

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YPT Boston Board, 2016-2017

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 click here to sign up on the YPT Friend list – our general mailing list.


YPT Boston Award Winners

Congratulations to the first ever YPT Boston Award recipients! These awards seek to recognize the enormous contribution made by young professionals in the Boston transportation field. They include Project of the Year, Research/Innovation, and Community Spirit in the transportation field.

Join us for an awards dinner to celebrate the winners and their contributions at The Brahmin in Back Bay on Wednesday, October 11 from 6:00-8:00 PM.

Please RSVP here if you are able to attend.

YPT Boston Awards + Sponsor

Congratualtions to the winners of the first ever YPT Boston Awards. An awards dinner will be held at Brahmin in Back Bay on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 from 6:00-8:00 PM with more information to come.

Project of the Year – Maeve Ragusin (VHB) – Maeve worked on the MBTA Commuter Rail Schedules Initiative (CRSI) in from July 2015 to May 2016. CRSI was initiated by the MBTA to improve daily commuter on time performance, increase overall rush hour options for passengers, and implement comprehensive reform to the operations. Maeve’s transformative computer model of the commuter rail system enabled a comprehensive rewrite of the system schedules that improved on-time performance and increased peak-period service.

Research/Innovation of the Year – Joseph Zissman (Cambridge Systematics) – Joseph worked on a team that produced the Vizguide website, a website intended as a reference point for all transportation practitioners looking to make their data more aesthetically effective and accessible. The project specifically sought to provide visualization guidance to small transportation agencies who might not have a budget for large graphic arts operations. Subsequently, the research has been presented at AMPO, TRB, and AASHTO conferences and TransPlex, Florida’s statewide transportation planning conference. The project has received positive reviews from transportation officials as a means of enabling effective communications to transportation users.

Community Spirit Award – David Baumgartner – (Cambridge Systematics) – David has led the YPT Boston Chapter for the past two years and spent five years on the YPT Boston Chapter Board. During this time, his tireless efforts have advanced the Young Professionals in Transportation Boston Chapter and transformed it into the dynamic organization it is today. David has contributed considerable time and effort over the years in advancing the vision of YPT to young transportation professionals around the Boston area.  During this time YPT grew from a fledgling organization to one with over 100 members which holds multiple events for its members each month.

YPT Board Elections

YPT Boston Members and Friends,

Here is a great opportunity for you to get involved in determining the future of Young Professionals in Transportation-Boston!  YPT will soon be conducting elections to select the 2017-2018 YPT-Boston Chapter Board of Directors.  If you would like to run for a Board of Directors position or vote in the election, please continue reading below.

Directors typically offer a time commitment of up to 3-5 hours per week, though the level of commitment required for each position varies.  Please refer to the position descriptions for more information. Directors are expected to make every attempt possible to attend in person or be available to call into monthly Chapter Board of Directors meetings.

Note that elections for the National Board of Directors positions is a separate process.


In order to run for a YPT-Boston Chapter Board of Directors position or vote in the elections you must be or become a paid YPT Member by Friday, September 15, 2017 11:59 PM EST by following this link:  https://my.yptransportation.org/join.  If you think you are already a Member but are unsure, you can check your membership status by logging into https://my.yptransportation.org.


  • September 15, 2017: Submit your candidate statement via email by 11:59 PM.
  • October 16, 2017:  All eligible voters will receive an email with voting instructions.  Online voting for National and Chapter elections opens at 09:00 AM EST.
  • October 27, 2017: Online voting for National and Chapter elections closes at 8:00 PM EST.

Pending any runoff elections, the results will be made available to the YPT membership in early November.  The new Board term for all winning candidates will begin on November 1, 2017.

Events Calendar

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 yptboston@gmail.com.


Election results are in! Visit our Chapter Leadership page to see the new 2016-2017 YPT Boston Board.

Contact Us

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


YPT offers its sincere thanks to our current sponsors:

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Becoming a YPT Sponsor

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