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September 11th Memorial Program for Regional Transportation Planning

Program Overview

The September 11th Memorial Program for Regional Transportation Planning is a lasting memorial to the three NYMTC staff members who died in the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001: Ignatius Adanga, Charles Lesperance, and See Wong Shum. The Program provides funding to graduate students to work on transportation planning projects with NYMTC or its member agencies.

Since 2005, NYMTC has proudly worked with the University Transportation Research Center (UTRC) to fund and support talented students who undertake transportation technology and planning projects to address identified planning needs for NYMTC and its member agencies.Past projects have explored innovative concepts in transportation, and enhanced public awareness and involvement in transportation issues. This Program provides a unique and tangible benefit to NYMTC, its member agencies, the participating universities, and the selected students.

NYMTC will fund up to four September 11th Memorial Program internships during the 2021-2022 Academic Year. Opportunities will be available for students to work on planning projects for NYMTC staff or a member agency. The project topics for 2021-2022 are posted at: This Program is only open to full-time graduate-level students attending a UTRC member university. Click here to apply.

The Memorial Program’s planning projects challenge students to develop creative solutions to difficult problems while working directly with professional staff. These projects provide benefits to the region while also enhancing the educational experiences of the selected students.

Selected students typically begin their project in mid-September and will be required to work on their projects for up to 15 hours per week. All students selected for internships make a final presentation on their project at one of NYMTC’s Regional Trends Series Brown Bag Presentations.

The current students will make their final presentations on September 15, 2021 at 12:00 pm. Please see the event details at the following link:


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