Ask Me Anything (AMA) with Amy Lezala, Engineering Manager for Metro Trains Melbourne

The first guest to feature on the Young Transport Professional’s Ask Me Anything (AMA) segment is Amy Lezala, Engineers Australia’s 2020 Young Professional Engineer of the Year Victoria and Engineering Manager for Metro Trains Melbourne, a valued industry partner.

Amy is a highly established individual with a strong passion in promoting sustainability. This is not only reflected in her work at Metro Trains, but also in external activities like Y-LAB. This AMA will delve into the burning questions young aspiring engineers wish to ask, revolving around sustainability, career development, and more.

Amy was interviewed by Jun Tang, Membership Engagement Coordinator for YTP.

Industry News – The 2020-21 Federal Budget included a large focus on infrastructure

The Treasurer delivered the Federal Budget on 6 October 2020 and among some of the highlights found in the plan is a sizable portion earmarked for infrastructure and transportation across the country.
The 2020-21 budget delivered significant infrastructure spending across all states and territories in relation to major transport infrastructure (road and rail).

The Federal Government has made a commitment to invest an additional $14 billion in new and accelerated infrastructure projects over the next four years. These projects will support a further 40,000 jobs during their construction.
This investment is part of the Government’s record 10-year transport infrastructure investment pipeline, which has been expanded to $110 billion and is already supporting 100,000 jobs on worksites across the country.
A detailed breakdown can be found on the Federal Government website by clicking below.

Learn more about the 2020/21 Federal Budget

YTP Newsletter – Q1 2021

We are very pleased to bring you the inaugural newsletter from the Young Transport Professionals Committee! This will be a space for us to share news and updates with our wider membership, and provide valuable industry insights catered to young professionals.

Going forward, we are planning to send out a newsletter every quarter, and will include regular features such as the President’s Address, Events Recap, and articles written by the Committee.

We also want to continue our mission of “connecting the next generation of transport leaders”, so if you have any suggestions for articles or would like to submit a piece of your own please get in touch.

We hope you enjoy our first newsletter!

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Get to know the YTP Committee – James & Andrew

This quarter, get to know a little more about YTP Secretary, James Aloi (JA), and YTP Membership Coordinator, Andrew Chan (AC). James currently works as a Traffic Engineer at Cardno while Andrew is a Development Engineer at Siemens Mobility.

Left - James Aloi, Right - Andrew Chan
Left – James Aloi, Right – Andrew Chan

QHow many years have you been in the transport industry?
JA: Two and a half years.
AC: 4 years.

QWhat do are some of your responsibilities as part of the YTP Committee? 
JA: As Secretary, I organise and take notes during meetings, create agendas and circulate minutes. As well, I allocate tasks to the Committee, keep track of the group’s file system and organise the yearly calendar.
AC: As Membership Coordinator, I work with the team in managing our membership database and work on improving the retention and growth of our membership base.

QHow did you enter the transport industry? 
JA: I first started working in the transport industry as a voluntary intern for the City of Whittlesea in their Traffic & Transport team back in April of 2018. From there, I then took a 12-week internship in the Highways Team at Arup
AC: I started my journey in transport when I started my cadetship with Transport for NSW in my penultimate year of university. I dived even deeper into the industry when I made the decision to write my thesis on track circuit monitoring, which eventually led to my move to Melbourne to join the PLM team at Siemens Mobility.

QWhat is your favorite thing about working in transport?
JA: At Cardno, I work on a really wide range of projects, ranging from single dwelling developments, 400+ dwelling developments, retail, commercial, industrial, intersection modelling, transport planning and so on. In just over a year at Cardno, I have been involved with 70+ different projects, meaning that I’m kept on my toes quite a bit, and hardly ever get bored. Every single job is different!
AC: Technology! In particular, the rail industry is known for the criticality in ensuring that the systems behind its operation are secure and safe. There are many exciting technologies that have yet to be implemented to further drive value to transport operators and user alike.

QWhat innovations are you looking forward to in the transport industry?
JA: Personally, I’m looking forward to getting more involved in the analysis and planning of sustainable and active transport. Already there is a major shift towards reducing the amount of car parking provided within developments, but this needs to be completed in tandem with large scale, high quality and interconnected active and sustainable transport networks.
AC: We have seen the importance of data in understanding the world around us (particularly with COVID). As we learn to better capture and understand this data, I expect a shift in the way that we access and use transport. ‘Smart’ sensors on ‘smart’ infrastructure that is developed by ‘smart’ people to enable ‘smart’ cities. Watch this space.

Starting the Decade of Action on Road Safety

In collaboration with the Global Youth Coalition for Road Safety (GYCRS), YTP hosted a virtual panel discussion on the topic of road safety and what needs to be done in order to reduce road traffic deaths and injuries by 2030. The event was facilitated by Maolin Macatangay (YOURS & GYCRS) and featured intriguing insights from our panelists Rob McInerney (iRAP), Wayne Moon (DoT), Alex Herold (DoT) and Grace Willems (RACQ & GYCRS). 

Participants of the event heard about various topics such as the shortcomings involved with achieving the 2020 decade of action target, short interim and long term data evaluation, infrastructure evaluation and star ratings, and the importance of the community in road safety conversations. The event ended with a discussion on the actions required in order to achieve the goals for 2030, which included engaging and spreading awareness to the community, providing funding and continuous investment, and understanding that every decision made within a project has life and death injury implications along with it.

If you missed out on the event, you can watch the panel discussion below and if you would like to learn more about the GYCRS and the amazing work they do, please visit their website: 

2020/2021 Committee

Following the recent ballot and annual general meeting the 2020-21 YTP committee have stepped into their new roles. We would like to thank the previous committee for organizing some great events over the past 12 months during some difficult times and for significantly increasing the YTP membership base. We are extremely excited for the year ahead and have some big plans in store, so look out for more announcements soon. If you have any ideas please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us.

Click through the below link to read a bit more about the new committee.

Victorian Department of Transport – New Industry Partner

Young Transport Professionals (YTP) are pleased to announce the Victorian Department of Transport (DoT) as an Industry Partner!

DoT is responsible for the ongoing operation and coordination of the state’s transport network, as well as the delivery of new and upgraded transport infrastructure. Working closely with the Major Transport Infrastructure Authority (MTIA), the department are currently managing over $70-billion worth of investments to expand and modernise the network. This includes delivering Melbourne Metro, removing dangerous and congested level crossings, the West Gate Tunnel, North East Link, the Western Rail Plan, Melbourne Airport Rail Link and the Suburban Rail Loop.
Since YTP’s formation in 2014, the ongoing support from the government sector has been fundamental to our growth, and we now have 950+ members from over 150 companies. Partnerships such as these have enabled us to run forums, networking events and site visits that are free and provide opportunities for young professionals to network within the transport industry.
This is an extremely exciting time for YTP and, with DoTMetro Trains Melbourne and the Aurecon Jacobs and Mott McDonald Joint Venture, we look forward to working together to bring more events and develop connections with our members.

Update – COVID-19

Over the past few weeks, the effects of COVID-19 have swept over Australia, with severe restrictions placed on gatherings by State and Federal Governments. YTP’s number one priority is to operate with the health and wellbeing of our members at the forefront.

As a result, YTP has postponed all upcoming events as we closely monitor the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are in the process of developing a range of online content, so please keep an eye out for this!

If you have any suggestions for virtual events or online content, please get in touch via:

We hope that you are all staying safe and look forward to bringing you more great events in the future!

Kind regards,
Your YTP Committee

YTP Barefoot Bowls 2020

Second time’s the charm!

After having to postpone our initial lawn bowls event due to bad weather, this time around we were blessed with beautiful, clear skies for YTP’s 6th Annual Barefoot Bowls event.

We’d like to thank all of our members who came along and joined us for a great catch-up, a few drinks and a little competitive fun. None of this could have happened without our industry partner and event sponsor Metro Trains Melbourne and we’d like to thank them for their generosity continued support.

Metro Trains Melbourne – Our new Industry Partner

Young Transport Professionals (YTP) are pleased to announce Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM) as an Industry Partner for 2020!

MTM is a consortium of three leading rail industry organisations: Hong Kong’s MTR Corporation, Australia’s John Holland Group and UGL Rail, a division of United Group Limited. MTM currently operate rail services across Melbourne’s metropolitan network, transporting over 450,000 passengers each day.

Since YTP’s formation in 2014, the ongoing support from MTM has been fundamental to our growth, and we now have 800+ members from over 150 companies. Partnerships such as these have enabled us to run forums, networking events and site visits that are free, and that provide opportunities for young professionals to network within the transport industry.

This is an extremely exciting time for YTP, and with MTM and AJM, we now have two of the largest transport organisations in Victoria as industry partners.

Read more about MTM at: About MTM

Learn about becoming an industry parter at: YTP Partners and Supporters