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YPT Boston hosted its February First Thursdays Happy Hour on February 2nd for drinks, food, and networking at 6B Lounge in Downtown Boston.
When: Thursday February 2, 2017 6:00PM – 8:00PM
Where: 6b Lounge, 6 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108
YPT Boston hosted its first round table open discussion Lunch and Learn. We invited all attendees to participate in an open forum discussion on the Future of Transportation. There are many advances which can change how we travel within the next decades; whether its in the form of driverless vehicles, ITS, High-speed Rail, Asset Management, or advances in design and construction. These advances have the potential to not only change how we travel but how our industry operates. People brought their best ideas and observations and shared their thoughts on how our industry will change in the near future.
When: Wednesday January 25, 2017 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Where: MAPC, 60 Temple Place, Boston, MA 02111
YPT Boston hosted its second monthly happy hour series, which are held on the first Thursday of each month. Fellow YPT Boston members for some drinks, food and networking at Sidebar.
Michael Paiewonsky of Stantec presented on the Cape Cod Canal Transportation Study. While we all know of Cape Cod as the premier vacation destination in New England, we are also familiar with the traffic congestion we often face going to and leaving the Cape. MassDOT and Stantec are studying these traffic conditions, particularly related to the two bridges over the Canal and their roadway approaches. Through a comprehensive public engagement process, the goal of the study is to develop a suite of multimodal transportation solutions that will serve the transportation needs of Cape Cod residents and visitors for decades to come.
YPT Boston kicked off the first of what will be a monthly happy hour series, held on the first Thursday of each month. YPT Boston members met for some drinks, food and networking.
YPT Boston teamed up with the Massachusetts Institute of Transportation Engineers (MAITE) and New England Institute for Transportation Engineers (NEITE) for a night of trivia at Causeway Restaurant & Bar. Members formed their own teams (up to six people), and the victors took home a small prize and were crowned the Fall 2016 Transportation Geniuses.
YPT Boston participated 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.
For the fall 2016 book club YPT Boston read The Great Society Subway: A History of the Washington Metro.
From 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.
Matt Ciborowski of the MBTA discussed 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.
YPT Boston hosed a technical tour of the Longfellow Bridge, currently under construction as part of the Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation Project. This project is one of one of five major projects of the Commonwealth’s $3 billion Accelerated Bridge Program. With Phase 1 now complete, Christopher De Louis of White-Skanska-Consigli, guided the group along the bridge to discuss the stages of construction, major activities, and the new pedestrian bridge that connects Beacon Hill and the Esplanade. Members also learned about the rehabilitation of the “Salt & Pepper” Towers and how they were able to undergo construction while keeping existing auto, pedestrian, and train traffic operational.
YPT Boston hosted a Networking Happy Hour at MJ O’Connors after the Moving Together Conference, Thursday, September 29, held at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. Learn more about the conference here!
YPT Boston hosted 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 included 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), led the group through our Charlestown warehouse near Sullivan Square.
YPT Board Members from downtown Boston hosted a lunch in the Boston Public Garden on August 18. This was a chance to meet informally with a small group of transportation professionals at a location nearby your home or workplace.
YPT B oston hosted a networking event with current YPT Board members and other YPT members and friends at Boston Beer Works. Light appetizers were provided. We talked about past YPT events and 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.
YPT Boston attended a technical tour of the MBTA training school/facility for bus operators! Members tested bus driving skills on the bus simulator used to teach actual drivers.The tour provided a chance to feel and understand what the drivers do everyday.
YPT and staff from the City of Cambridge walked 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)
YPT Boston hosted our 2nd Annual Pub Crawl through bars on the Green Line! Limited Edition YPT Pint Glasses were given to the first 50 members who made it to the last bar!
In this lunch & learn, Boston-based bike sharing company Zagster discussed how communities across the United States are adopting bike share in order to strengthen first and last-mile connections with transit, drive commute trip reduction, and improve community health.
Nate Taber, Zagster’s Head of Marketing and Shannon Brown, Zagster’s Transportation Planner, gave an overview of Zagster’s fourth-generation bike share technology as well as the Bike Share As A Service business model that enables Zagster to operate 130+ bike share programs serving 40,000+ riders.
YPT Boston welcomed Karl Dean for our spring distinguished speaker event! Karl Dean was the Mayor of Nashville from 2007 to 2015. During his time as mayor he led an effort to build a “trackless trolley” line to connect Nashville’s upcoming east and wealthier westside. The proposed trolley, or bus rapid transit line, became a contentious issue between city and state politics. He spoke about his experience with the politics around BRT, public health and active transportation, and other issues relevant to the policy, planning, design, and implementation of projects.
Along with YPT, this event was co-hosted by MassAPA and NEITE.
The first MBTA rapid transit map was produced in 1965 and was in use for more than 30 years. The map was redesigned in the mid-1990s by Ken Dumas, the MPO’s cartographer. The revised map had stylized lines approximating the location of the various MBTA lines, major highways, and geographical features. Over the years, the creation of the Silver Line, MBTA Key Bus Route system as well as automated fare collection prompted revisions to the map. The most recent map design was based on a winning entry to a 2013 design contest and other public comments.
YPT Boston hosted a Lunch & Learn on Tuesday May 3rd to hear from Ken about how the MBTA system map has developed over the years.
Jay Carroll from HDR led a technical tour of the MBTA’s third oldest operating subway station, Government Center Station on Wednesday, April 27th. Government Center reopened on March 21, 2016 after a two year shutdown for renovations.
To celebrate YPT members’ Project of the Year Award we hosted a special happy hour party, including the YPT sponsored Transportation expansion pack to Cards Against Urbanity!
Following Transprotation Camp New England, YPT-Boston hosted a happy hour at Firebrand Saints. The happy hour was free for all to attend (cash bar), and included free appetizers. We will also be raffled off 3 $50 gift certificates to local restaurants for YPT members!
YPT Boston hosted a Lunch & Learn about BikeBus on April 5th. BikeBus is the world’s first vehicle that combines fitness, transportation, and a patent-pending safety system in an effort to combat chronic diseases resulting from our increasingly sedentary lifestyle.
YPT Boston hosted a fun night of candlepin bowling on March 11! 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.
The Lunch and Learn held on Wednesday March 2 featured Sam Piper (of Alta Planning + Design) presenting his work on the YPT Research Project of the Year: A New Model for Estimating Bicycle Trip Demand.
Historically, models to predict bicycle trip patterns for transportation have been both time and resource intensive. This makes completing them relatively expensive, and the cost increases as the geographic scale enlarges. The existing models are also not calibrated to assess potential recreational trip demand, which in some areas, represents a significant proportion of all bicycle trips.
Recognizing the deficiencies of existing models, Sam Piper (of Alta Planning + Design) along with teammates Erica Wygonik and David Grover (of RSG Inc.) collaborated to develop a new model that estimates the potential demand for both recreational and utilitarian bicycle trips using readily available data. This made the model useful at a state-wide scale, and also meant that it could be developed relatively quickly. A paper summarizing the model and its applications is currently under review for publication by TRB, and the project was selected as the Research Project of the Year by YPT International.
Sam Piper presented this exciting development, and how planners can leverage the model to understand potential demand for bicycling in their regions.
On Wednesday February 24, YPT Boston hosted a bocce social at the Point. This was a great way to meet other transportation professionals and socialize with YPT members in a casual atmosphere, and with some friendly competition.
YPT Boston hosted an ice skating social at Community Ice Skating @ Kendall (about a 5 minute walk from the Kendall Square T stop) from 6-8:00pm on Thursday, February 11th. We also gathered afterwards for a social at Commonwealth Market in Kendall Square with food provided by YPT!
Jen Slesinger from MassDOT’s Office of Transportation Planning presented on Focus40, the MBTA’s long-range capital investment plan for the next 25 years, reaching to the year 2040. Any infrastructure planned today will need to serve the needs of future riders. The Focus40 process must therefore consider the world within which the MBTA will operate in 2040.
YPT Boston hosted a holiday lunch at MAPC for members and friends to socialize and learn more about upcoming YPT events in 2016!
This event was free for members and included both a catered dinner and an engaging presentation by notable city planner and urban designer, Jeff Speck, who has had an impressive career working and advocating for smart growth and sustainable design on an international level.
This event was co-hosted by NEITE, MAITE, MassAPA, and the MIT Transportation Club.
YPT Boston welcomed Frederick Frank from London to discuss his work at Legion Software, a pedestrian simulation software for a stimulating lunch and learn. Legion simulates the movement of pedestrians in a quantitatively verifiable manner, taking into account how individuals interact with each other and with the physical obstacles in their environment. The tool was used to simulate pedestrian behavior for the 2008 Beijing Olympic games.
YPT Boston hosted a night of Candlepin Bowling and Santarpio’s pizza at Central Park Lanes in East Boston. This was our second time holding the event and we look forward to hosting a similar event next year!
Zipcar Boston General Manager, Lisa Feldman presented to YPT members and friends on how the leading car sharing company manages a fleet of over a thousand vehicles in and around Boston including a variety of service options such as one-way and roundtrip models. We would like to thank Zipcar for sponsoring this special Lunch and Learn hosted at their heaquarters in the Seaport.
YPT Boston welcomed Doug Most for a Lunch & Learn to discuss his new book “The Race Underground: Boston, New York, and the Incredible Rivalry That Built America’s First Subway.” Doug’s book was one of Amazon’s Best Non-Fiction Books of 2014.
Major League Bocce set up indoor bocce ball courts at the Point for YPT Boston’s first Bocce Ball Social! This event was a great way to meet other transportation professionals and socialize with YPT members in a casual atmosphere with some friendly competition.
YPT Boston members and friends learned about the multiple initiatives that are improving greenways in and around Boston, and also listened to exciting presentations from planners, designers, engineers + advocates that participated in the Boston Society of Architect’s summer charrette on the Greenway Links. The charrette was an intensive 8-week design project that involved diverse teams comprised of private, non-profit and public sector employees. Each team created design solutions to connect different sections of Boston’s greenway system.
Alice Brown introduced the charrette participants, and describe the multiple initiatives that are occurring to make Boston’s greenway system more connected. Afterwards, members of several of the teams that participated in the charrette presented on the project area.
YPT Boston teamed up with the New England Institute of Transportation Engineers (NEITE), the Massachusetts Institute of Transportation Engineers (MAITE), and the MIT Transportation Club for a night of trivia at Lir on Boylston.
Fall Membership Drive Raffle winners were announced at Trivia. All YPT Boston members were entered, with additional entries for every event attended since September. Prizes included a $100 gift card to Top of the Hub, a $100 gift card to Ten Tables, a $50 gift card to Park Restaurant and Bar, and a $15 gift card to Tavern in the Square.
Free food, prizes, great people. What a great opportunity to meet members of these four great organizations.
Bridj is your everyday transportation system that adapts in real-time to where you live, work, and play. Powered by data, they use a network of express shuttles that offer efficient and flexible trips.
Matt will discuss the entrepreneurial opportunities and challenges of Bridj positioning itself within the market of mass transit providers, as well as what goes into planning new and potential Bridj routes.
Matt will be joining us on Wednesday, November 12th from 12:00 – 1:00 PM. Free light lunch will be provided to those who RSVP of course!
YPT Boston hosted our annual distinguished speaker series event featuring a panel of four women who are all administrators for federal transportation agencies here in New England. We heard about their journeys in the transportation field, opportunities and challenges to working in the federal transportation environment, what they think are the next transportation trends and issues for the next generation.
The speakers were:
• Mary Beth Mello – Federal Transit Administration – Region 1 Administrator
• Pamela Stephenson – Federal Highway Administration – Massachusetts Division Administrator
• Amy Corbett – Federal Aviation Administration – New England Region Administrator
• Michelle Muhlanger – Federal Railroad Administration – Deputy Regional Administrator for Region 1
YPT Boston hosted a networking event where members and friends could meet and mingle with current YPT Board members and other YPT members and friends! The event was held at Boston Beer Works at 112 Canal Street, Boston MA.
Crews are hard at work to make Government Center Station more accessible, safe, comfortable, and modern. While the station was closed in March 2014 and will remain so for two years, the improvements promise to be worth the wait! YPT was delighted to have Brian Howland of the MBTA and Donald Swarce of HDR, Inc. speaking at our Lunch & Learn about the station improvements and closure, including topics such as the headhouse architecture, Cambridge Street realignment & streetscape, and City Hall Plaza restoration and improvements.
YPT Boston was pleased to welcome American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Vice President-Policy Art Guzzetti as our networking night distinguished guest. Among other things, Mr. Guzzetti, a 35 year professional in public transportation at the local, state, and national levels, is responsible for APTA’s extensive policy development and research agenda. He also promotes policies favorable to public transportation to Congress, the Administration, state and local governments, grassroots and stakeholder organizations, and public policy think tanks.
Prior to coming to APTA in June 1997, Mr. Guzzetti had 16 years of direct experience in management of two of the nation’s leading public transportation systems: New Jersey Transit, and the Port Authority of Allegheny County. He also previously worked at the New Jersey Department of Transportation. Mr. Guzzettti’s career has focused on whatever it takes to generate funding support for public transportation, including public policy, government affairs, advocacy at all levels, capital programming, and grants development and management!
Mr. Guzzetti has a Political Science degree from Edinboro State University, and a Master of Public Administration Degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He has been married for 35 years and has four children and three grandchildren.
Mr. Guzzetti was in Boston for the APTA 2014 Sustainability & Public Transportation Workshop on August 3-5.
Making time disappear while you are dining or comfortably sleeping on the train: this is the concept for the proposed train-hotel that will offer passengers the unique opportunity of overnight travel between major population centers in Canada and the U.S. Two routes are proposed. One train will run between Montreal and New York City. A second train will also serve the beaches of Maine and the city of Boston. François Rebello, who has been elected to the Quebec Parliament, is the entrepreneur behind the project and spoke at YPT’s Lunch & Learn on Thursday, July 24. François discussed the concept, timeline, and his planning efforts so far.
On Wednesday, July 9, YPT Boston welcomed an engineering student group from the Wentworth Institute of Technology (WIT), who discussed a project they have been working on that would enhance the daily commutes for thousands of people – replacing the D branch of the Green Line with an extension of the Blue Line to Riverside via Government Center, Back Bay, and Longwood. The project would replace existing service with higher capacity trains and free up the single congested tunnel (built over 100 years ago!) between Copley and Hynes for the other three Green Line branches. While the study is conceptual, it is certainly still exciting to think about! After presenting, the students answered questions and are looking for constructive comments to improve their study.
YPT Boston hosted a technical tour with MassDOT as our guide! We learned about some of Boston’s amazing transportation infrastructure on Wednesday, June 25, 2014. Attendees were transported to each site, and MassDOT officials provided narration throughout the tour. The sites included:
-Charlestown Bus Yard (MBTA Bus Simulator)
-Intake/exhaust systems and power systems for the Central Artery/Tunnels
-MassDOT Highway Operations Center (HOC)
-MBTA Operations Control Center
On Tuesday, June 17, 2014, YPT Boston welcomed MassDOT’s Mike O’Dowd to discuss the ongoing Mass Pike Realignment Study, a project that will reconstruct the Allston turnpike interchange. The interchange was built about 50 years ago and is reaching the end of its lifespan. The straightening project is possible thanks to all-electronic tolling, which will allow the removal of the complicated existing ramp network. The straightening project will create a large area of new open space that may be developed or turned into parkland!
YPT Boston hosted a technical tour of the Logan Air Traffic Control Tower on Thursday, June 12. We saw the ins and outs of operations at the tower, and watched how controllers keep you safe on the ground and in the air.
On Tuesday, May 27th, YPT Boston hosted several winners of the 37 Billion Mile Challenge who showed us how they visualized unique Massachusetts vehicle data and told a story about driving patterns, auto ownership, and more! The data challenge, put on by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, MassDOT, and the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, asked data gurus to answer a series of questions about car ownership, driving patterns, mode shift, parking, and greenhouse gas emissions using Massachusetts vehicle census data. These tech-savvy individuals and teams were chosen by an esteemed panel including Secretary Richard Davey.
The group heard from:
-Matthew Danish, who asked: “Does the presence of good, abundant transit lead to a decline of miles driven in personal vehicles?” He used Google Fusion Tables to help answer this question.
-Paul Schimek, whose team looked at why people drive less in urban areas. Their explanatory model found some surprising revelations on what variables are strong and weak predictors of driving behavior.
-Alan Esenther, who asked: Have you ever wondered about cars and traffic in Massachusetts? Alan’s team developed multiple visualization tools to help explore the Massachusetts Vehicle Census.
Gretchen Johnson and Alex Lew, both associates at Nelson\Nygaard Consulting, have worked for the past two years on redesigning the bus system for the entire State of Rhode Island as part of a Comprehensive Operational Analysis (COA). This effort, which included an extensive public outreach effort, led the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) through a detailed look at each route to improve ridership, efficiency, and overall quality. With the city now hoping to restore a sense of place at Kennedy Plaza, RIPTA’s main transit center, a complete overhaul of downtown bus circulation along with larger transit investments were considered as part of Rhode Island’s long term transit strategy.
Alex and Gretchen’s presentation will include a look at the results of the COA, concepts for downtown circulation, and redesign of Kennedy Plaza. You’ll also learn about what being a transit consultant is all about!
On Thursday, April 24th, YPT was pleased to welcome ConnDOT Deputy Commissioner Anna Barry as our networking night special guest. Ms. Barry fills the role of Chief Operating Officer and supports the Commissioner in implementing strategy and goals for the agency. Prior to joining ConnDOT, she held various roles at the MBTA, including Director of Subway Operations. As the MBTA’s Director of Railroad Operations, Ms. Barry procured and oversaw the country’s largest commuter rail services contract. She also worked for the Boston and Maine Railroad and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts before working at the MBTA. In all, she has more than 35 years of experience in transportation, particularly railroad and transit operations. Ms. Barry has also been active in various transportation organizations, such as WTS, Minority Transportation Officials, TRB, and APTA.
For our first ever Friday evening event, YPT Boston hosted Candlepin Bowling at Central Park Lanes in East Boston! We had a great turnout as YPT Boston members and friends networked while engaging in some friendly competition.
Ritesh Warade, an associate with IBI Group, is working on a number of real-time passenger information (RTPI) projects for transit agencies including Metrolinx (Toronto), NFTA (Buffalo), and RTD (Denver). Locally, he is leading the design and development of the MBTA real-time system.
Ritesh made a presentation covering real-time passenger information systems and open data, with the MBTA as a case study. He described emerging standards and discussed implications for transportation professionals as more agencies work on similar efforts.
On Thursday, February 25, 2014, YPT members took on the challenge of driving an MBTA bus in the MBTA Bus Simulator in Charlestown! The realistic simulator is used to train MBTA drivers before they hit the road with an actual bus. YPT members had the opportunity to drive a bus while the tour guide challenged them with a variety of traffic and even weather conditions!
The MBTA Key Bus Route Improvement Program is working to improve the overall quality of service to 15 of the system’s busiest bus routes by reducing trip times; enhancing customer comfort, convenience, safety and accessibility; and making the bus service more reliable and cost-effective.
Working with the MBTA, McMahon Associates led a team of consultants during planning, public participation, design, and construction of improvements to the Key Bus Routes. Consultants from McMahon will discuss highlights from each phase of the project.
The 15 Key Bus Routes included in this program are: Routes 1, 15, 22, 23, 28, 32, 39, 57, 66, 71, 73, 77, 111, 116, and 117. This project was made possible by $10 million in grant funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
YPT Boston and BSCES friends and members had exclusive access to the Community Ice Skating rink at Kendall Square to enjoy one of the oldest forms of human powered transportation. Over 30 students and professionals shared the rink, with ice skating skills ranging from novice to advanced. This was a fun atmosphere for skaters and spectators alike to enjoy the winter together while networking. Afterwards, some of the group went to Commonwealth Market & Restaurant bar to warm up and continue chatting about skating, transportation, and any other themes that came up!
In 2013, the consolidated rental car facility (CONRAC) at Logan Airport became operational, combining nine separate rental car companies into a single facility. On January 9, 2014, Lisa Chandler, Kristen Torrance, and Sean O’Rourke from Parsons Brinkerhoff’s design team presented at YPT’s Lunch + Learn session. The facility is LEED Gold Certified and saves hundreds of vehicle miles traveled per day by reducing the number of shuttle buses that travel through the airport. Attendees were presented with the design challenges of making significant changes to land and travel patterns at a busy airport while keeping everything in continuous operations. The project also clarifies all curbside activity with new wayfinding and assigned areas for taxis.
Read more about the CONRAC here: https://www.massport.com/news-room/news/massport-unveils-new-rental-car-…
The Community Path in Somerville is one of the most critical missing links in the Metro Boston off-street bicycle and pedestrian network. On December 10, 2013, we sat down over lunch to learn about the Community Path’s connections to other regional pathways and to the highly anticipated Green Line Extension, as well as the local and regional benefits these types of infrastructure investments can produce. Eric Halvorsen from MAPC and Lynn Weissman, who helped start The Friends of the Community Path, were our presenters.
Friends of the Community Path presentation
Eric Halvorsen’s CPX presentation
Launched in 2006, Streetsblog has played a significant role in transforming New York City transportation policy and galvanizing a Livable Streets movement that is pushing for a more people-centered, less automobile-oriented approach to transportation planning and urban design in communities all around the world. Aaron is currently a Visiting Scholar at MIT’s City Design & Development group and completed a Loeb Fellowship at Harvard prior to joining MIT. On November 4, Aaron joined us for a social gathering with at Tavern in the Square in Central Square!
Have you ever been caught in a rotary, roundabout, or neighborhood traffic circle? Who hasn’t! Have you ever been curious (maybe while going round and round) why there are three different names for them? Andy Paul from MassDOT presented the differences and similarities of these circular intersections. There are over one hundred in Massachusetts alone, and that number stands to grow as these fancy road features grow in popularity.
After MassDOT’s Moving Together conference, attendees and others got together at M.J. O’Connor’s for a relaxing post-conference evening!
YPT Boston hosted a great data visualization panel. This focused on innovative ways to display and present data with four great panelists: Andy Woodruff, who makes interactive web maps with Axis Maps and is the coauthor of Bostonography, Jay Gordon, who is a researcher at MIT’s Transit Lab, specializing in the development of new analytic tools using big data, Peter Dunn, who works by day at MAPC and by night at Stonebrown Design, and Gabriel Florit, who works on data visualization graphics for the Boston Globe. It was an awesome panel and event, and thanks to Nitsch Engineering for hosting us!
As a growing number of communities are seeking ways to improve safety and efficiency of transportation systems, particularly to encourage active transportation modes, such as bicycling, YPT Boston learned from Michelle Langone Danila of Toole Design about practical and innovative techniques to serve all users at signalized intersections, with a focus on the unique needs of bicyclists.
The YPT Boston board members hosted a “Beers with the Board” event at Tico in Back Bay. The YPT Boston board is made up of nine young professionals working in the transportation field, including both private and public sector, and hosted an intimate event to get to know friends and members better.
YPT Members were hosted by the MBTA to check out their training school/facility for bus operators. Participants got to test out the bus simulator used to teach and test drivers during training.
YPT Boston hosted a networking night in conjunction with the ITE Annual Meeting being held in Boston. YPT Boston members and friends got to meet ITE meeting attendees from around the country!
Hosted by MassDOT District 6 and MassDOT Highway Operations Center representatives
More than a dozen YPT Members got an up close and personal look at the Big Dig on this technical tour. The tour included many critical components of the complex highway system, including the ventilation and electrical systems, the structural components, and the Operations Center. At each stop along the tour, attendees learned about the unique methods used to construct the project. Attendees also learned about the daily operations and maintenance of the vital highway system, and got to check out the MBTA’s Bus Simulator.
Presentation by: David Gerstle, Caliper
YPT Boston learned all about microsimulation! David Gerstle from Newton’s Caliper Corporation taught attendees about the TransModeler microsimulation package, including case studies for alternatives analysis, simulation-based dynamic traffic assignment, microsimulation of bicycles, transit signal priority, managed toll lanes, and more.
Tour Guides: Scott Mullen, Director
Hubway hosted YPT to learn about the ins and outs of Boston’s Hubway bike share program! The behind the scenes tour covered the coordination of daily operations of maintaining and dispatching bicycles at 112 stations in 4 communities. Tour stops included production, maintenance, dispatching, the bike shop, and Hubway’s main office. Scott Mullen, Director of Hubway Bikeshare at Alta Bicycle Share, was a great tour guide and provided valuable insight into why this program is so successful!
Tour Guides: Paul Flynn and Lou Rossino, MBTA
This technical tour provided a small group of young professionals with the unique opportunity for a first-hand look at both the bus and rail main repair facility for the MBTA. The team saw how the maintenance team overhauls and repairs train components, the fabrication and manufacturing of parts for trains, and the repairing of train structure and car-body components. We saw the sign shop, how they paint buses, and many other interesting trades!
Distinguished Guest: MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott, PhD
YPT Boston was so pleased to host the MBTA’s General Manager, Beverly Scott! Beverly Scott warmed the crowd with many “DrScottisms” (see https://twitter.com/YPTBoston) about leading a large agency, career advice, and more!
Distinguished Speaker: MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard Davey
Secretary Davey spoke with attendees for 90 minutes about his career path and rise through the transportation ranks. He spoke about his career start, his passions, and his goals. He inspired us by his story of living in his parent’s basement and his rise through the ranks at MBCR, MBTA, and now as MassDOT Secretary. More than 50 professionals attended from YPT Boston, New England Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers’ Emerging Professionals, and MA Chapter of the American Planning Association. This was the third event in the YPT Boston Distinguished Speaker Series.
Hosted by: YPT Boston
YPT Boston hosted its second Transportation Trivia Night at Kings Back Bay, Boston! Questions ranged from historic MBTA knowledge to best bicycling cities to identifying transit maps from around the world. There was a lot of enthusiasm and knowledge gained!
Presentation by: Hayes Morrison, Director of Transportation and Infrastructure, City of Somerville
YPT members and friends took a break from the workday to gain some insight on what it is like to be a young professional at the municipal level. Hayes Morrison talked about the range (and depth) of projects that she is working on at the City, her experience with local (and state) politics, and engaging the public. Answering a variety of professional and personal questions, Hayes candidly expressed her views of how she’s gotten where she is today, what the elements are to being successful, and her passion about helping to make Somerville an exceptional place to live, work, play, and raise a family.
Distinguished Guest: MassDOT Highway Administrator Frank DePaola and Charlie of the MBTA
YPT was honored to be joined by Highway Administrator Frank DePaola and MBTA’s Charlie of the CharlieCard (and infamous song…). Mr. DePaola oversees the safe construction, maintenance, and operation of the Commonwealth’s roads, bridge, and tunnels for drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians. He is a professional engineer with more than 30 years of experience in the design and construction industry. Prior to joining the Highway Division, Mr. DePaola served as Assistant General Manager for Design and Construction at the MBTA. He was an absolutely fantastic guest and we hope he comes back for more YPT!
Presentation by: Price Armstrong, Program Director at MassBike, and Charlie Ticotsky, Government Affairs Specialist at MAPC
YPT is informed! More than 20 peers came together to hear the nuts and bolts of the Governor’s proposed transportation plan to expand transportation funding by approximately $1 billion per year (for the next ten years). Fellow young professionals Price Armstrong, the Programs Director at the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition (MassBike), passionately discussed what this means for non-motorized transportation, and Charlie Ticotsky, Government Affairs Specialist at MAPC, focused on the other elements of the plan, including a great perspective from Beacon Hill.
The new YPT Boston board members hosted a “Beers with the Board” event on Wednesday, February 20th from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. The YPT Boston board is made up of nine young professionals working in the transportation field, including both private and public sector, and hosted an intimate event to get to know friends and members better. The event was a great success, and we all loved Meadhall in Kendall Square!
Presentation by: Wendy Landman, WalkBoston
WalkBoston Executive Director Wendy Landman visited with YPT members and friends to discuss how increasing the walkability of downtowns and commercial areas can increase the economic viability of these places. Wendy shared with us several tips for how to talk with local officials about the importance of walking, and how increasing the ease and safety of walking in commercial areas can translate to increased business and tax dollars. She also provided us with a set of low-cost but highly effective improvements for increasing walkability.
Co-Sponsored by: LivableStreets and NEITE
LivableStreets hosted this second annual networking night in Back Bay, a unique networking opportunity with attendees from many different local organizations. The relaxed atmosphere was a great environment for people to mingle and schmooze. YPT was happy to participate in this event again in 2012 by providing some appetizers for the crowd!
Presentation by: Jay Carroll, HDR, and Mike Izzo, Gilbane
YPT Boston was hosted at the Green Line Extension Office in downtown Boston by Jay Carroll and Mike Izzo, two young professionals from HDR and Gilbane who are working on the Green Line Extension project. Jay and Mike provided a detailed explanation of the entire extension and discussed the opportunities and challenges with such a massive and complex transit expansion project. To learn more about the GLX, visitwww.greenlineextension.com.
Hosted by: YPT Boston and NEITE
YPT Boston partnered with NEITE to host our first ever Transportation Trivia night in Kendall Square, Cambridge. The event was wildly successful and featured questions ranging from the world’s busiest airports, to MBTA history, to states with the highest walk mode share. Transportation professionals and enthusiasts alike joined in a spirited competition that represented the first in what we hope will be an annual event.
Guest: Boris Palchik, founder of RouteSprout
YPT hosted Boris Palchik, founder of new start-up RouteSprout (a finalist in this year’s MassChallenge start-up competition!) who presented an overview of this new ridesharing approach. RouteSprout provides motorcoach rides on demand – sort of like MegaBus or BoltBus – but the passengers decide where the trip goes and when. The brown bag included many details of the successes and challenges to starting a new company and discussed the first “sprouts” coming up this fall.
Tour Guides: Vineet Gupta, Director of Planning, BTD & Don Burgess, Manager of Traffic Management Center, BTD
This technical tour provided a small group of young professionals with the unique opportunity to look into Boston’s traffic cameras and technology at the Traffic Management Center, located at Boston’s City Hall. The Management Center allows traffic engineers to monitor, coordinate and adjust the City’s traffic signal timings to improve traffic flow in real time. Boston currently has control of 500 of its 800 intersections through this technology, and there are cameras providing real-time video of 100 of these intersections. YPT members received a behind-the-scenes tour, discussion, and Q&A opportunity at this exciting facility, which was led by Vineet Gupta, the Director of Planning at BTD, and Don Burgess, the Manager of the Traffic Management Center.
Film Director and Guest: Kris Carter
In 1987, the Washington Street Elevated train was torn down and the community of Roxbury was left without rapid transit for the first time since 1901. Equal or Better follows the story of promises made to the community and action taken by the citizens that led to the 2002 launch of the Silver Line, re-connecting Dudley Square and Downtown Boston. The film interviews transportation and community representatives to provide a look into the 15 years of process and action between the removal of the train and the launch of its required “equal or better” replacement. About 40 people gathered to watch this film and have a discussion with the film’s director, Kris Carter.
Presentation by: Joshua K. Robin, Jake Sion and Candace Brakewood, MBTA Mobile Ticketing Team
This brown bag lunch provided 20 young professionals with the opportunity to learn about the MBTA’s upcoming pilot program for smartphone payments on the Commuter Rail. This innovative mobile ticketing program will launch later this fall, and it will be the first of its kind in the country. Attendees of the brown bag got to see an early version of the smartphone application, which is still in development, and provide feedback to the MBTA Mobile Ticketing team.
Hosted by: YPT Boston and WTS-Boston
YPT Boston partnered with the Boston Chapter of WTS International to host a networking event near Faneuil Hall. Founded in 1977, WTS is an international organization dedicated to the professional advancement of women in transportation. YPT Boston was formed in September 2010 to enhance professional development among young transportation practitioners and future leaders. This free event was a great opportunity for YPT Boston members to network with their peers, as well as more seasoned transportation professionals.
Tour Guide: Joshua K. Robin, Director of Innovation, MBTA
This technical tour provided 12 young professionals with the unique opportunity to one of the most impressive and important MBTA facilities: the Operations Control Center (OCC) at 45 High Street. The OCC is the hub for the T’s operations and safety-related communications. It is equipped with massive electronic monitors that closely track the positions of hundreds of subway and light rail cars on the Red, Orange, and Blue lines. A small group of YPT members received a behind-the-scenes, guided tour of this exciting facility, which was led by Joshua K. Robin, the Director of Innovation at the MBTA.
Hosted by MassDOT District 6 and MassDOT Highway Operations Center representatives
12 YPT Members got an up close and personal look at the Big Dig on this technical tour. The tour included many critical components of the complex highway system, including the ventilation and electrical systems, the structural components, and the Operations Center. At each stop along the tour, attendees learned about the unique methods used to construct the project. Attendees also learned about the daily operations and maintenance of the vital highway system.
Presentation by: Jessica Robertson, Transportation Coordinator, MAPC
This brown bag lunch provided 30+ young professionals with the opportunity to learn more about Hubway, the Boston region’s bike share program. Jessica presented on Hubway’s launch in July 2011, with 600 bicycles and 60 stations, and its growth into a regional system. It only took 10 weeks to hit 100,000 rides! Jessica reviewed successes, challenges, and future opportunities for the system. Read more here
Distinguished Speaker: Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts Timothy Murray
Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts, Timothy Murray, shared his perspective on Commonwealth transportation policies, infrastructure, and investment strategies to 100+ professionals from YPT Boston, New England Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers’ Emerging Professionals, MA Chapter of the American Planning Association, and the Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section/ASCE. This was the second event in the YPT Boston Distinguished Speaker Series.
Speaker: Andy Paul, MassDOT
The first Lunchtime Brown Bag series presenter was Andy Paul, MassDOT Traffic Operations Engineer and YPT Boston Deputy Chair, who presented his work on MassDOT’s “Fast 14” project. In the summer of 2011, MassDOT replaced 14 bridges on I-93 in Medford over the course of 10 weekends. This acclaimed project, which would have taken four construction seasons to complete using traditional construction methods, minimized disruption to the community and through traffic while ensuring long-term safety on I-93. For additional information about Andy’s presentation, read more here.
Networking following an MBTA Public Meeting
Following a special public meeting held by the MBTA on the proposed fare increase and service changes, YPT members and friends gathered for drinks and food to discuss the MBTA scenarios and impressions from the meeting.
Special Guest: Boston Bikes Director Nicole FreedmanYPT Boston kicked off 2012 with distinguished guest Nicole Freedman, former director of the City of Boston’s Bike Program. Over 60 young professionals attend the event at Red Sky bar in downtown Boston. Nicole has transformed the City of Boston from one of the worst cycling cities in the country to one of the best. Boston’s “Bike Czar” put Boston on the map as a cycling city! For additional information about this event, read more here.
Hosts: Livable Streets, Planners Network, Interdisciplinary Consortium on Urban Planning and Public Health (ICUPPH), New England Institute of Transportation Engineers
YPT Boston co-hosted this four well-known Boston organizations. Nearly 150 professionals attended this event in Boston, which was a great opportunity to mix and mingle with members of other organizations.
YPT YPT Boston hosted its first ever elections event in the Blue Room at Beantown Pub. The event had two distinct elements with the first being and in-person election by Members voting for the nominated Board candidates which was followed by a networking event. The event culminated with the announcement and introduction of the new 2011-2012 YPT Boston Board of Directors. New Board members had the opportunity to network with YPT Members and Friends and discuss upcoming goals and events for the new year.
Hosted by Boston Redevelopment Authority’s Peter Gori and the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy’s Linda Jonash.
This tour was a particularly unique opportunity for Boston’s young transportation professionals to gain an inside perspective on one of the world’s most ambitious (and costly) infrastructure projects while also making connections with new colleagues in the field. The group began the tour just outside of South Station in the heart of the Financial District, where the Greenway is largely a passive landscaped lawn with some new public art. The tour ended near Rowes Wharf, where the space becomes much more interactive with play fountains, chairs, and even a carousel. The hosts gave great insight into the development of the Greenway (and surrounding parcels) along the way.
Special Hosts: TRB Planning and Environment Group Young Member Council SubcommitteeYPT Boston helped to host an event during TRB’s Summer Meeting in Boston. YPT Boston Members and Friends were invited to a Planning and Environment Group Young Member Council Subcommittee meeting, followed by a reception at the Seaport Hotel. This event provided a great opportunity for YPT Boston professionals to learn more about TRB and meet many members.
Distinguished Speaker: MassDOT Secretary Jeffrey Mullan
YPT Boston, the New England Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, and the Massachusetts American Planning Association chapter proudly co-hosted the
Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation Jeffrey Mullan. The Secretary discussed
“The Future of Transportation” to over 150 young professionals. Secretary Mullan’s remarks focused on where we’ve been, where we are now, and where we are going. He focused on the impacts and importance of the Commonwealth’s most recent large-scale investments, including the Central Artery project, and the transition to a unified MassDOT. He went into depth on the importance of having ONE MassDOT and its clear goals: save money, improve customer service, rebuild employee morale, and invest in the entire Commonwealth. Secretary Mullan explained each goal separately, taking the time to describe why each one is so important to our transportation future and what MassDOT and other partners are doing to ensure their success.
Special Guest: Wendy Landman, Executive Director of WalkBoston
This networking event attracted over 30 professionals and students to converse with Wendy Landman, the Executive Director of WalkBoston, a non-profit with a mission to create and preserve safe walking environments that build vital communities. At this event, attendees enjoyed learning about the wide variety of ways in which WalkBoston is involved in city- and state-wide projects and policies that affect communities.
YPT Boston’s first technical tour focused on ground transportation at Logan Airport. Massport planning staff gave a presentation about the history of ground transportation at Logan Airport and then joined the YPT attendees on a shuttle to visit the discussed facilities. These facilities included the MBTA Airport station, the Southwest Service Area, the proposed site for the consolidated rental car facility, and the LEED certified Signature Flight Support terminal. The technical tour was limited to 30 spaces. After the tour, many of the attendees joined other YPT members for networking at Whiskey Priest.
Special Guest: Peter Furth, Professor at Northeastern University
This networking event attracted over 50 professionals and students to meet and greet Peter Furth, a professor at Northeastern University, currently specializing in bicycle planning, Bus Rapid Transit, and Traffic Signal Priority. Many bicycling advocates joined us for their first YPT event.
Special Guest: Jeff Rosenblum, President and Co-Founder of Livable Streets
YPT Boston started the New Year with a networking event featuring special guest Jeff Rosenblum of Livable Streets, an advocacy organization located in Cambridge, MA. Over 60 attendees showed up to mingle with each other and Mr. Rosenblum. There were many new faces at this event, indicating that the members were passing on the good word about YPT Boston!
Special Guest: Frederick Salvucci, Former MA Secretary of Transportation
The second YPT Boston event attracted nearly 60 people, this time allowing the professionals and students to network not only with each other, but also with Fred Salvucci, a former Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation, now a senior lecturer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The casual setting allowed the attendees to get to know Mr. Salvucci better, and to hear about his experiences as the Secretary of Transportation.
YPT Boston kicked off with this well attended networking event in the heart of Boston. With nearly 60 attendees, the networking event allowed transportation professionals of all backgrounds and ages to mingle and get to know one another in a relaxed setting.