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, 2015 – 2016

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 join our mailing list.

May 3, 2017 |Lunch & Learn – Mass Ave: The Battle for a Complete Street in East Arlington

Please join us as we welcome Phil Goff, who will highlight key moments of the six year campaign to plan and implement the redesign of Mass Ave in East Arlington. Phil will focus on the work of East Arlington Livable Streets Coalition who successfully fought for a road diet and the resulting bike/ped improvements in the face of a well funded opposition group. His talk will provide key lessons for planners and advocates wanting to make their neighborhoods and communities more walkable and bikable.

Phil Goff is a transportation planner and urban designer with nearly 20 years of experience. He is the New England Planning Leader for Portland OR-based Alta Planning + Design, who specialize in Complete Streets, bicycle planning and greenways. He is also the founder and co-chair of East Arlington Livable Streets Coalition.

When: Wednesday May 3, 2017 12:00PM – 1:00PM

Where: MAPC | 60 Temple Place, Boston

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May 4, 2017|May First Thursday: Bowling!

It’s Back! Please join YPT Boston and your fellow transportation enthusiasts on May 4th for a fun night of candlepin bowling! Central Park Lanes in East Boston hasn’t changed much over the years, and we are glad that it hasn’t. It offers traditional New England-style candlepin bowling and is bring-your-own food and beverages. YPT will take care of the lanes and food, so just bring some drinks and you are all set for a great night with friends!

We’ll be bowling on Thursday, May 4th from 6-8pm. Central Park Lanes is located at 10 Saratoga St, East Boston, MA 02128, about a 10 minute walk or a short bus ride from the Maverick Station on the Blue Line. YPT will provide pizza, but you are welcome to bring other food, as well. Be sure to BYOB!

Don’t want to bowl? No problem – we’d still love for you to come and hang out (scoring is all by hand, so we may need some extra help)!

When: Thursday May 4, 2017 6:00PM – 8:00PM

Where: Central Park Lanes | 10 Saratoga Street, Boston, MA 02128

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May 13, 2017 |Transportation Book Club

Spring is here and the book for the spring book club meeting will be Driverless: Intelligent Cars and the Road Ahead by Hod Lipson and Melba Kurman. This book provides an exciting overview of the technologies that enable driverless cars and the potential impact they will have on our society.

We will meet Saturday May 13th at 12:00 PM at a location TBD. Appetizers and snacks will be provided and the cost of the book will only be $10 when you sign up and request a book. (If you already have the book you can register for the book club without paying). We are capping registration at 14 members to ensure that we can have a good discussion.

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Books can be picked up by contacting David Moyer at dmoyer@mcmahonassociates.com and meeting him at 45 Bromfield Street or arranging another meeting place. The books will be available for pick up starting Friday April 7th.

Driverless: Intelligent Cars and the Road Ahead from the Publisher

In the year 2014, Google fired a shot heard all the way to Detroit. Google’s newest driverless car had no steering wheel and no brakes. The message was clear: cars of the future will be born fully autonomous, with no human driver needed. In the coming decade, self-driving cars will hit the streets, rearranging established industries and reshaping cities, giving us new choices in where we live and how we work and play.

If registration is at capacity, please join the waitlist and we will let you all know if we will add a second date.

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 ypboston@gmail.com.

News

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.

Sponsorship

YPT offers its sincere thanks to our current sponsors:

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Becoming a YPT Sponsor

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