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.

YPT Boston 2015-2016 full board photo

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.

February 27 Lunch and Learn: Commuter Rail Schedules

Join YPT Boston for our next Lunch and Learn on Commuter Rail Schedules. HDR worked with MBTA Railroad Operations in their effort to develop new schedules for the entire MBTA commuter rail system.  The overall goal of the initiative was to improve reliability and resiliency of MBTA Commuter Rail Service and improve peak period operations.  The MBTA Commuter Rail System, originally developed in the 1800s, had not seen major changes to schedules in decades despite ongoing changes to infrastructure conditions and public ridership trends.  The existing network infrastructure and ridership trends were analyzed against operational requirements in order to develop optimal schedules for the system.

In creating new schedules, the HDR team’s objectives included improving the consistency of on-time performance, optimization of equipment cycles, scheduled runtimes, turn times, station dwells, and resultant levels of passenger service. HDR utilized the Rail Traffic Controller (RTC), an operations modeling software to simulate the new schedules and test for resiliency against the existing track and signals infrastructure.


When: Monday February 27, 2017 12:00PM – 1:00PM

Where: MAPC | 60 Temple Place, Boston

March 2, 2017 | First Thursdays

Join YPT Boston for its February First Thursdays Happy Hour on February 2nd for drinks, food, and networking. YPT Boston will be at location TBD for casual conversation and appetizers. Feel free to bring co-workers and friends to this monthly happy hour series that will be held throughout 2017 on the first Thursday of every month.

When: Thursday March 2, 2017 6:00PM – 8:00PM

Where: TBD

March 14, 2017 | Mentoring

Come be a mentor or a mentee for a fellow young professional in YPT Boston’s first mentorship program. The mentorship program aims to advance professional development and relationships amongst college students, grad students, and young professionals in the transportation industry in the Boston area.

The program will commence with a “speed dating” style networking event where attendees will converse with multiple potential mentors/mentees and find their match. Pairs who attend YPTevents together throughout the year will earn points that will make them eligible to win raffle prizes at the end of the year.

Join us for a night of networking with people in diverse areas of transportation where young professionals can offer advice and guidance to fellow young professionals and aspiring students. Food will be provided by YPT Boston and a cash bar is available to add to the fun!

The program will be available to members only. If you are not sure whether your membership is active, you can login and under YPT Member/Friend Information select View Contact Record to see your status under the Membership Tab.

Who:  Mentees = 0-3 years experience |  Mentors = 3+ years experience

When: Tuesday March 14, 2017 6:00PM – 8:00PM

Where: Market | 21 Broad Street, Boston


For more information on the goals and organization of the mentorship program, download the program outline.

Can’t make the kick-off event? Fill out an application and email it back to yptboston@gmail.com by March 17, 2017 so that we can find you a match!

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.


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.


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