Do you love transportation? Do you love New York City? TransportationCamp New York City 2015 will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at City College of New York. Following on the success of TransportationCamp East in 2011, Planning Camp NYC in 2013 and TransportationCamps across the country, we’re bringing it back to New York City. TransportationCamp NYC 2015 will continue to foster open conversation and collaboration between all parties interested in mobility and the radical changes the near-future promises in transportation.


Our goal is to assemble planners, software developers, engineers, students, dreamers, and professionals for an exciting day of “un-conferencing.” Unlike a traditional conference, the specific session topics are determined by participants, which provides each attendee an opportunity to lead and shape the event. Therefore, we want to see what you are doing; we want to ask how it will impact our lives; and we want to help you to find answers.


TransportationCamp NYC will be held at City College of New York in Shepard Hall (160 Convent Avenue, New York, NY 10031, at the intersection of Convent Avenue and W 140th St., close to the 1, A, C, and D trains).

Things To Know

If you’re joining us at TransportationCamp NYC 2015, here are a few things you’ll want to know about the event:

  • Dress code: It’s an unconference—tasteful casual is fine!
  • Internet access: Free Wi-Fi will be available in all event spaces—we’ll have more information when you check in.
  • Presentation pointers: Many of the breakout rooms are equipped with a projector, so if you’re thinking of proposing a session and you’d like to present, bring a laptop. We’ll supply a VGA cable; remember to bring an adaptor for VGA if your laptop needs one. Most breakout rooms will also have a chalkboard.
  • First time at an unconference?: Check out How TransportationCamp works: the essential guide for a quick introduction!

Keynote Speakers

Michael King

In his 20+ year career Michael King has been at the forefront of mobility, accessibility, and sustainability, working globally from New York to New Orleans, Buenos Aires to Bangkok. He was the first director of traffic calming for New York City; designed the second shared street in the United States (Santa Monica); helped originate the nation’s first Safe Routes to School program (Bronx); and has designed bicycle facilities for the largest bus rapid transit system in Asia (Guangzhou). He helped craft the City of Chicago’s complete and sustainable streets strategy and oversaw the creation of the NACTO Urban Street Design Guide. In 2013, Michael was awarded the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals Private Sector Professional of the Year.

Shin-pei Tsay

Shin-pei’s experience in practice and policy converges on transforming the built environment so that it is more accessible, equitable, and sustainable. Prior to TransitCenter, Shin-pei served as Director of Cities and Transportation at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; the Deputy Director of Transportation Alternatives; a founding member of the NYC office for ZGF Architects; the Chief Operating Officer of Project for Public Spaces; and a strategy consultant with a company serving the Fortune 500. She co-founded and directed Planning Corps, an organization that matches urban planners with community-based projects, whose work was selected for the U.S. Pavilion at the 2012 Venice Biennale for Architecture.

Shin-pei serves on the Board of Directors for Transportation Alternatives, ioby, and Gehl Institute.

Donny Uselmann

Donny is the General Manager, Airport Operations for JetBlue at John F. Kennedy International Airport and has been with the airline for over 9 years. Prior to his role at JFK, Donny served as JetBlue’s “customer experience guru”, spearheading the airline’s redesign of the interior of their A321 fleet. As part of this redesign, Donny had to delicately balance limited space issues and the provision of customer amenities against the bottom line. He has also held roles in product development, business development, and sales.

Moderator: Buz Paaswell

Dr. Robert “Buz” Paaswell, Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering at the City College of New York serves as Director Emeritus of the federally-supported University Transportation Research Center (UTRC). Previously he served as Executive Director (CEO) of the Chicago Transit Authority, the nation’s 2nd largest transit company.

Paaswell is extremely active in public transportation issues and consulting. He has reported on governance structures for U.S. transit organizations, public-private issues in New York and Chicago, and labor union/management issues. Most recently, he served as an advisor to the Israeli government concerning restructuring of their bus companies, and issues of competition.


  • 8:00 AM - Doors open
  • 9:00 AM - Welcome and Kick-off in the Great Hall
  • 9:45 AM - Keynote addresses in the Great Hall
  • 11:15 AM - First breakout session (in classrooms)
  • 12:15 PM - Lunch in the Great Hall
  • 1:15 PM - Second breakout session (in classrooms)
  • 2:30 PM - Third breakout session (in classrooms)
  • 3:45 PM - Fourth breakout session (in classrooms)
  • 5:00 PM - Adjourn to happy hour at The Grange Bar & Eatery, sponsored by Young Professionals in Transportation


TransportationCamp NYC 2015 has sold out, but you can still join the waitlist. If you have any questions, reach out at or at @transpocamp. See you November 14, 2015!

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