Monthly Event – Bike Tour with Bayou City Bike Tours – April 22nd

Please join YPT Houston for a fun filled Saturday afternoon with Bayou City Bike Tours on Saturday, April 22nd.  The bike tour will highlight some of Houston’s new bicylce facilities including the Lamar Street Cycle Track, Holman Street Cycle Track, and the Hawthorne/Holman shortcut.  There is no cost for the tour, however if you do not have your own bike for the tour rentals are available for $30.00.  A map of the proposed route of the tour is below:

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When: Saturday, April 22nd, 3:00PM

Where: Bayou City Bike Tours – 1824 Spring St.  Houston, TX  77007

Cost:  Free if you bring your own bike, $30.00 for bike rental.

Click HERE to Register!

Happy Hour with Miovision – March 23rd at 8th Wonder Brewery

Please join YPT Houston and Miovision at 8th Wonder Brewery for happy hour! Over a cold beer, Roman Prikhodko will present how transportation professionals across North America are using smart traffic solutions to unlock valuable data from their traffic infrastructure.

Bonus: if you attend a Miovision webinar before the event, your first drink will be on the house!

March 9 webinar: Smarter Traffic Signals for a Smarter City

March 16 webinar: The IoT Enabled Transportation Professional

What: YPT Houston Happy Hour with Miovision

When: Thursday, March 23rd, 6:00PM

Where: 8th Wonder Brewery – 2202 Dallas St.  Houston, TX  77003

YPT Houston Volunteers March 25th – 24th annual River, Lakes, Bays ‘n Bayous Trash Bash

Please mark your calendar on Saturday, March 25th at 8:00AM for the 24th annual River, Lakes, Bays ‘n Bayous Trash Bash from 8am to 12pm. We will be joining other volunteers from the local chapters of other professional societies across Houston to volunteer for this cleanup event. There will be many groups of adults and children volunteering on this day at 14 sites across the Galveston Bay Watershed. We have selected the Buffalo Bayou (Upper)-Terry Hershey Park cleanup site.

We will assemble at 15200 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77079. Valetta Saldanha and Keval Satra will be the volunteer co-ordinators and will register the volunteers before the day of the event. On the day of the event, volunteers will meet at the assembly location, submit the waiver forms and then proceed to the cleanup sites.

Kindly fill out the registration waiver form found HERE and bring it with you on the day of the event.  Also, please do not forget to register with YPT Houston to let us know that you will be coming.  Registration is free HERE.

Parking – A parking lot is located between Highway 6 and Eldridge, at 15200 Memorial Drive where volunteers will be getting on vans for transportation to sites throughout the park. However, the parking lot will be filled very early in the morning. An additional parking lot is located on the north side of the park off of the Interstate 10 Frontage Road just east of BP Way and before you reach Langham Creek. Most people will need to park on Memorial Mews St. and Memorial View Drive and walk to the registration location at the pavilion.

Area to be Cleaned – The areas to be cleaned are the wooded areas along Buffalo Bayou in Terry Hershey Park from Highway 6 to Beltway 8. We will also clean parts of Langham Creek. We will also be selecting new areas in the reservoirs for special work crews.

Saturday, March 25th at 8:00am – 12pm

Starting Location:  Buffalo Bayou – Upper (Terry Hershey Park)

15200 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77079

More information can be found at

New 2017 Houston METRO Job Postings – Transit Planner II – Capital/ Environmental Planning & Senior Transit Planner

Transit Planner II – Capital and Environmental Planning

Basic Functions

Responsible for performing professional and technical transit planning work focusing on both short and long range planning, facilities planning, and special project planning. Assisting with federal government transit programs, grant administration and working with the project manager to ensure appropriate compliance.  The Planner will provide support to project managers, conduct research, compile information, and coordinate with other METRO departments and area agencies to implement METRO’s plans and programs. Performs duties in a safe, efficient manner and in compliance with all applicable rules and safety procedures.

Responsibilities and Specific Duties  

  • Provides support for conducting and preparing programs / capital projects that include various environmental documentation such as Categorical Exclusions Reports, Environmental Assessments Reports, Environmental Impact Statement Reports and Technical Memorandum Reports for federal environmental clearance of capital projects.
  • Conducts required background research and data collection to support recommendations for system development, support on planning studies and pilot projects, state & federal grant applications and related reports.
  • Provides support in developing scopes of work and schedules, related budget cost controls, technical analysis and coordination, quality control, and general project delivery.
  • Coordinates Capital Projects/Environmental planning efforts internally with other departments.
  • Research and analyze industry trends of development in transit planning, Transit Oriented Development (TOD), bike & pedestrian planning and alternative mode technologies.
  • Coordinates interagency activities for specific planning efforts and/or projects.
  • Represents METRO on specific stakeholder interest and environmental committees.
  • Responds to public inquiries regarding capital transit projects.
  • Provides support for development and maintenance of METRO’s Long Rang Plan.
  • Provides support for coordinating development of the Regional Transportation Plan and Transportation Improvement Plan which allows METRO to pursue federal funding for capital projects. Oversees the work of consultants retained to work on and support METRO’s transit program.
  • Meets with members of the public, outside firms, and other governmental agencies to coordinate project development.
  • Prepares and gives presentations to various audiences.
  • Conducts research and compiles information to respond to Senior Management and Board inquiries.
  • Promotes safety awareness and follows safety procedures in an effort to reduce or eliminate accidents.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications/ Requirements:
Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Environmental, Urban or Transportation Planning or related field.

Minimum two (2) years’ experience in transit planning and technical data analysis.

Ability to interpret technical data with knowledge of transit systems is desired.  Proficient in Microsoft Office Suites – specifically MS Word, Power Point, Excel, and Access.  ArcGIS knowledge and skills are desirable.  Strong verbal and written communication skills.  Must be a self starter interested in improving public transportation.  Bilingual is a plus.  Valid driver’s license is required.

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Job Title: Transit Planner II-Capital & Environmental Planning
Job #: 3932
Opening Date/Time:   Thu. 02/02/17 12:00 AM Central Time
Salary: Not Displayed
Job Type: Full-Time
Location: 1900 Main Houston, Texas 77002, Texas
Department: Planning, Engineering, Construction

Senior Transit Planner  

Basic Functions

Coordinates the identification and conceptual development of capital facilities and capital improvements, serves as project manager for planning studies and for various capital and programmatic components of the bus network, as well as for FTA required environmental studies. Acts as the Agency’s liaison in the coordination of regional multi-modal project development. Performa duties in a safe, efficient manner and in compliance with all applicable rules and safety procedures.

Responsibilities and Specific Duties  

  • Serves as Project Manager for METRO’s planning studies.
  • Coordinates with the City of Houston, Harris County, the multi-cities, management districts, and TIRZs to ensure the needs of transit are considered in the design of streets and public facilities.
  • Assists with development and maintenance of METRO’s regional long range plans.
  • Reviews plans and drawings for new or modified facilities that serve METRO passengers to ensure that those facilities will be easy to access for pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • Coordinates initial definition and conceptual planning/design of capital projects.Prepares project justifications and presentations for specific capital projects.
  • Assist in agency grant writing efforts.
  • Responsible for coordination of the authority’s Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and Regional Transportation Plan (RTP).
  • Serves as Project Manager for FTA required environmental studies for major METRO projects.
  • Manages special projects associated with the 5 year implementation of the bus network.
  • Manages consultant contracts, including scopes of work, prepares project milestones, and delegates work assignments to consultants and in-house staff.
  • Conducts presentations on METRO’s activities to outside groups.
  • Coordinates planning activities with area associations, community groups, local and state agencies, and special interest groups.
  • Prepares administrative and technical reports on new or existing projects, programs and policies.
  • Reviews and analyzes data on economic, social, and physical factors affecting the regional transit system.
  • Responds to public, senior staff and Board Member inquiries.
  • Responsible for managing project budgets.
  • Promotes safety awareness and follows safety procedures in an effort to reduce or eliminate accidents.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
 Minimum Qualifications/ Requirements:
Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning, Urban Design, Transportation or a related field preferred.

Minimum of five (5) years’ experience in planning and technical analysis.

Knowledge of transportation and transit planning, knowledge of socio-economic and demographic characteristics of the area.  Project management, coordination, analysis, and presentation skills.  Computer skills to include all of MS Office software, use of word processing, spreadsheet, and graphics software.  Familiarity with architectural concepts, land use planning, ridership analysis and traffic analysis useful. Must have excellent verbal and writing skills. Must have very good presentation skills. AICP is desired but not required.  Familiarity with new guidance on FTA Title VI Rights Requirements.

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Job Title: Senior Transit Planner
Job #: 3936
Opening Date/Time:   Thu. 02/09/17 12:00 AM Central Time
Salary: Not Displayed
Job Type: Full-Time
Location: 1900 Main Houston, Texas 77002, Texas
Department: Planning, Engineering, Construction
 Additional Information:
The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas has a zero tolerance drug and alcohol policy for all employees. All internal and external applicants will be required to undergo drug testing before employment and will be subject to further drug and/or alcohol testing throughout their employment.

Further, employees who perform safety-sensitive functions will submit to drug and/or alcohol testing in accordance to the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) regulatory requirements.

We provide equal opportunity to all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, veteran status, genetic information or disability.


In order to be more efficient, METRO will only accept electronic (online) applications. If you are interested in advertised career opportunities with METRO, please apply online.

You can now apply online by clicking on the job title you are interested in and clicking on the “Apply” link! After viewing the job description, click the ‘Apply’ tab. If this is the first time you are applying using our online job application, you will need to create an account and select a username and password. After your account has been established, you can import your resume from LinkedIn, upload it from a saved document on your computer, or manually enter your personal information. This application will be saved and used to apply for future job openings. Please retain your account username and password which can be used to get status updates after submitting your application.

It is important that your application show all the relevant education and experience you possess. Applications may be rejected if incomplete.

For instructions on how to create a profile and submit an application, please review the Online Employment Guide and FAQs.

If you require assistance with your NEOGOV Username/Password, Contact NEOGOV at 855-524-5627.



TransTalk Luncheon on Uptown BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) – February 16th

Please join YPT Houston for…

TransTalk Luncheon on Uptown BRT (Bus Rapid Transit)

Please mark your calendar on Thursday, February 16th at 11:30am as John Breeding, the President of the Uptown Houston District, updates us on the new (Bus Rapid Transit) BRT project for Uptown.  Lunch will be provided by Uptown for YPT members.  Sign up for membership today before the price increase on March 1!

Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 11:30am – 1:00pm

1980 Post Oak Blvd #1700
Houston, TX 77056

It’s free, Please RSVP HERE.

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We hope to see you there!

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YPT Houston – Judges Needed for 58th Annual Science and Engineering Fair of Houston

YPT Houston invites you to be a Judge for he 58th Annual Science and Engineering Fair of Houston – Application Deadline is February 10th

SEFH place award judges are required to have a bachelor’s degree and have knowledge in the category they judge. Every project is judged in a team of three – five SEFH judges. Judging takes place from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM on February 25, 2017. Judges must arrive at least 1 hour prior to the judging time for each phase. Online Applications here

Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 9:00am – 3:00pm

Fair Location: University of Houston Main Campus Alumni Center
3204 Cullen Blvd. Room 201
Houston, TX 77204
See the event schedule for more specifics.


Run of Pi – 5K Run and 1K Walk – February 18th


Then we have the perfect event for you.  Please join fellow YPT members in the Run of Pi – 5K Run and 1K Walk

Purpose: This race supports Houston area Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematic (STEM) programs.  The proceeds of the run will provide funds for local Houston elementary, middle, and high schools that support STEM programs.

Location: University of Houston – Main Campus (Start and End at Lynn Eusan Park)

Date and Time: Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 8:00 A.M.


Career Guidance. Fellowship. Networking.

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