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.

August 18, 2016 | Lunch in Your Neighborhood

YPT Board Members from downtown Boston will be hosting a lunch in YOUR neghborhood tomorrow. This is your chance to meet informally with a small group of transportation professionals at a location nearby your home or workplace. Enjoy your lunch with fellow transportation enthusiasts from 12:00PM-12:45 PM:

YPT Board Member, Jennifer Slesinger, will be hosting lunch in Boston Public Garden at the first bench from the Charles/Boylston Street side. Feel free to grab lunch at an alternate nearby location (or brownbag it) and join us outside.

Please RSVP to  Jennifer Slesinger.

When: August 18th, 2016 12:00 PM through 12:45 PM
Location: Boston Public Garden, Boston, MA 02110

August 24, 2016 | Beers with the Board

Join us for a networking event where you can meet and mingle with current YPT Board members and other YPT members and friends! The event will be held at Boston Beer Works at 112 Canal Street, Boston MA. Light appetizers will be provided. Come chat with us about past YPT events, ideas for future events. The YPT Boston board is made up of nine young professionals working in different areas of the transportation field, including both public and private sector, and all of us would love to get to know our friends and members better. If you’re new to YPT and looking to get involved or you’re thinking about running for a YPT board position yourself, this informal event is a perfect opportunity to get started.

When: August 24th, 2016 6:00 PM through 8:00 PM
Location: 112 Canal Street, Boston Beer Works, Boston, MA 02114


September 8, 2016 | Hubway Facilities Tour

Join us for a behind the scenes tour to learn about the daily operations of maintaining and re-balancing bicycles at over 160 stations in Boston, Cambridge, Brookline, and Somerville. We’re fast-approaching five million trips and are entering our 6th year of service. The tour will include an introduction to the maintenance of the bikes and docks, how we dispatch our employees to ensure that bikes and docks are available at all times, and Hubway’s main office. Emily Gates, General Manager of Hubway (operated by Motivate), will be leading the group through our Charlestown warehouse near Sullivan Square. You can access the facility via Sullivan on the Orange Line, or ride a Hubway to the warehouse and we’ll dock you into the warehouse station.

The tour takes place on Thursday, September 8th at the warehouse in Charlestown located at 18 Dorrance Street. It will begin at 5:00 PM.

The tour is limited to 25 attendees and is for YPT Members only. If you aren’t a member, join today for just $20 (annual fee) by registering for this event! (Memberships are non-refundable.) All proceeds will support future YPT events. If you’re not sure of your membership status, please go to “My YPT” and login to your account to find that information.

If tickets are sold out, please email yptboston@gmail.com and you will be notified if a space opens up. If for any reason you cannot make the tour after registering, please contact us or cancel your registration as soon as possible so that others can attend. Thank you!


When: September 8th, 2016 5:00 PM through 6:00 PM
Location: 18 Dorrance Street, Charlestown, MA 02129

October 17, 2016 | Fall 2016 Book Club

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  micahel.semeraro@mottmac.com. 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: October 17th, 2016 6:00 PM through 8:00 PM
Location: Scholar’s Bar, 25 School Street, Boston MA 02108

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 2015-2016 YPT Boston Board.

Contact Us

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.


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