Please visit this page for information about the YPT Boston Board Election.
The Boston chapter of Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT) is dedicated to fostering career development of young professionals in the transportation field.
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.
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.
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.
Join YPT Boston for a Networking Happy Hour at MJ O’Connors after the Moving Together Conference, Thursday, September 29, held at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. The Happy Hour will run immediately after the conference from approximately 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM, with appetizers provided and a cash bar available. Learn more about the conference here!
When: Thursday September 29, 2016 Approximately 4:00PM – 6:00PM
Where: M J O’Connors, 27 Columbus, Boston, MA 02116
For the fall 2016 book club YPT Boston will be reading The Great Society Subway: A History of the Washington Metro. We will meet Monday October 17th at 6 PM, appetizers will be provided. Books will cost $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.
Books can be picked up by contacting Michael Semeraro firstname.lastname@example.org. If registration is at capacity, please join the waitlist and we will let you all know if we will add a second date.
The Great Society Subway: A History of the Washington Metrofrom the Publisher:
Many residents and visitors rely on the Washington Metro, the rapid transit system that serves the District of Columbia and its suburbs. In the first comprehensive history of the Metro, Zachary M. Schrag tells the story of the Great Society Subway from its earliest rumblings to its emergence as the nation’s second-busiest rapid transit system. Using extensive archival research as well as oral history, Schrag argues that the Metro can be understood only in the political context from which it was born: the Great Society liberalism of the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations. He scrutinizes the project from its earliest days, including general planning, routes, station architecture, funding decisions, land-use impacts, and the behavior of subway riders. The story of the Metro sheds light on the development of metropolitan Washington, postwar urban policy, and the promises and limits of rail transit in American cities.
When: Monday October 17, 2016 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM
Where: Scholars Bar, 25 School St Boston, MA 02108
Join Matt Ciborowski of the MBTA to discuss the MBTA’s new fare collection system, AFC 2.0. AFC 2.0 will standardize payment used for MBTA service across all modes of transportation. Readers at gates, commuter rail platforms, and bus/Green Line cars will accept credit cards, mobile phones, and MBTA-issued fare cards. The program was initiated to enhance the MBTA customer experience and address various limitations associated with the current fare collection system. Come here more about AFC 2.0 and what it means for the future of transit in Boston!
Please join us on Tuesday, October 18th from 12:00 – 1:00 PM at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council. Free light lunch will be provided to those who RSVP of course!
When: Tuesday October 18, 2016 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Where: MAPC, 60 Temple Place Boston, MA 02111
Join YPT Boston as we participate in a statewide coastal clean up sponsored by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management.
COASTSWEEP is part of an annual event to raise awareness and clean beaches from Boston to Bimini. The International Coastal Cleanup organized by Ocean Conservancy in Washington, DC, brings hundreds of thousands of volunteers to beaches, lakes, and streams worldwide to remove marine debris—trash, fishing line, and any other human-made items—and collect data on the specific types of debris being found to help identify and address the behaviors that cause the debris.
In Massachusetts, volunteers have been pitching in to clean up stretches of beaches, marshes, seafloor, and riverbanks since 1987 as part of COASTSWEEP. The annual cleanup has grown over the years—in 2015, 2,643 volunteers cleaned 146 miles of coastline, river bank, marsh, seafloor, and lakeshore in Massachusetts—collecting more than 12,500 pounds of debris from 120 locations. More information can here found here.
When: Saturday October 22, 2016 11:00AM – 12:30PM
Where: Carson Beach, 165 Harbor Walk Boston, MA 02125
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.
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.
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.
Questions about becoming a Member or a Friend? Email email@example.com.
Election results are in! Visit our Chapter Leadership page to see the new 2015-2016 YPT Boston Board.
To communicate with our Board of Directors, please contact us at our general email address.
Please see our Chapter Leadership page for specific contact information for individual Board members.
YPT offers its sincere thanks to our current sponsors: