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 and staff from the City of Cambridge as we walk the half-mile length of Western Ave in Cambridge and talk about the design process, construction, and challenges and opportunities associated with its new bicycle facility.
Western Ave was a major reconstruction project in which the underground stormwater and sewer system, roadway, and sidewalks were all replaced. The final design for the street and sidewalk was developed in collaboration with an Advisory Committee and extensive community input process resulting in a balance of the needs of pedestrians, bicyclists, bus riders and drivers. The street now has a separated bicycle facility at sidewalk level, with buffers from both vehicles and pedestrian traffic. It has green thermoplastic at conflict areas, two-stage left turn boxes, and bicycle signals at signalized intersections. The Western Ave cycle track was ranked #1 in “America’s 10 Best New Bike Lanes of 2015” by PeopleForBikes. (http://www.peopleforbikes.org/blog/entry/americas-10-best-new-bike-lanes-of-2015)
We will be meeting at 6:00 PM at the Hubway Station outside of the Post Office near Pleasant Street and Massachusetts Ave. Be prepeared to walk the length of Western Ave to Memorial Drive and back (one mile total). Join us afterwards for a happy hour at the the Field Pub in Central Square!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: