With the weather warming up and the arrival of spring, the WTS NC Triangle Chapter is busy preparing some great events for you.


Next Tuesday, we will hold our rescheduled luncheon to honor the chapter's Scholarship winners, and Susan Pullium with NCDOT will be giving a presentation on North Carolina's 25-year vision. On the 15th, Lori Bruhn will kick off our 2015 breakfast series with a discussion on efficient and effective meetings. Jane Nelson with HDR will discuss Right-of-Way Acquisition on the 16th for our final Transportation YOU event of the school year, and we're looking for volunteers to help on a Woman's Build through Habitat for Humanity on the 24th.


Additionally, Stand Up 4 Transportation Day is April 9, and our chapter has joined APTA and its cause. To find out more and see what you can do, click here.


Please check our  website for information about all our upcoming events, and we hope to see you at the next event!

Kimberly J. Levine
President, WTS NC Triangle Chapter
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March 2015

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2015 Partners
Advocate Partners

Patron Partners

Supporter Partners

Chapter Officers


  Kim Levine,

Asset Management Associates, PLLC


Vice President

Jenny Fleming, PE, Ecological Engineering  



Memory Washaya,




Taruna Tayal


WTS International Partners
Strategic Partner

Trailblazer Partner

New Membership Incentive
This year, new  WTS members who fill out a membership form and pay the membership fee at a NC Triangle chapter event, such as a luncheon, breakfast or Transportation YOU event, will receive 15 percent off of their membership cost, as well as a WTS fleece. There are many benefits to being a member of WTS, so if you're thinking about joining, this is a great year to do it. Click here for more information on membership fees.
Professional Connections
For members looking for networking opportunities within the Chapter, consider joining the Professional Connections program. Each quarter, the members of the program are split into groups of four or five, and each group plans a lunch meeting. This is a good way to meet others in WTS. For more information, or to sign up, contact  Karen Reynolds .
WTS International Conference

May 20 -22, 2015

Chicago, Illinois


Registration is open for the 2015 WTS Annual Conference - Converge Chicago. The Annual Conference is WTS' networking event of the year. Private corporations, public agencies and government officials invested in every transportation mode will exhibit, present and learn. Activities will include technical tours, professional development programs and educational tracks. Erin Brockovich will give the keynote address. 


Click here for more information and to register.   

Upcoming Events
Scholarship Luncheon
The Chapter's Scholarship Luncheon has been rescheduled for March 31. Join WTS as we recognize two scholarship recipients. There will be a special presentation on "Mapping Our Future: North Carolina's 25-Year Vision," presented by NCDOT's Director of Strategic Planning Susan Pullium. Registration closes Friday, March 27, so click the link below to RSVP.
Transportation YOU
Jane Nelson with HDR will speak about Right-of-Way in transportation at the next Transportation YOU event April 16. Transportation YOU is the chapter's mentoring program for middle-school-aged girls. Click the link below for more information or to RSVP.
Efficient and Effective Meetings
The next breakfast series event will focus on Efficient and Effective Meetings, featuring guest speaker Lori Bruhns, professional trainer and coach. The event will be April 15 at Stewart's offices at 421 Fayetteville St., Suite 400, in Raleigh. The registration fee is $5, which includes coffee and bagels. Click the link below to register.
Habitat for Humanity
WTS-NC Triangle Chapter is organizing a volunteer day with Habitat for Humanity for April 24. Click the link below for more information about how to volunteer.
Stand Up 4 Transportation Day

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is holding a nationwide "Stand Up 4 Transportation" Day on April 9 and seeking a broad coalition of partners to participate in these events around the country. The purpose is to call for the importance of infrastructure investment and the need for a long-term surface transportation authorization bill. Click the link below to find out more about what communities in this area are planning. 

In Case You Missed It...
Transportation YOU

The WTS-NC Triangle Chapter hosted the WISE program (Women in Science and Engineering) from NC State University at its latest Transportation YOU event. Dr. Katherine Wise-Becker, director of the program, spoke to the girls in attendance about WISE and brought five of the young women in the program to participate in a panel discussion about WISE, college in general, being a woman in a science-oriented field and all other related subjects. Click below for more pictures. 

The chapter recently partnered with NCDOT for this year's "Introduce a Girl to Engineering" Days, a mentoring event for high-school-aged girls. Read more about the events at the link below.
Save the Date
This year's Go Gala, a fundraiser for WTS-NC Triangle Chapter's scholarship program, will be held May 14. Registration information will be announced soon, so keep watching this space. The chapter is currently collecting donations for the Silent Auction. Click the link below for more information on the Silent Auction or how to donate.
"Our Transit Future"
Triangle Transit submitted an article about the latest developments of the Durham-Orange Light Rail Project. Click the link below to read more.

(Editor's note: The chapter is currently accepting articles for newsletter placement. If you have an interesting project you'd like to share with the readership, contact Leslie Tracey, newsletter editor.)
John Oliver on Infrastructure
In case you missed it, comedian John Oliver recently filed a report on the need for more infrastructure spending in the country on his HBO show, "Last Week Tonight." (Caution: Bad language is bleeped, but it may not be safe to watch at work.)

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Infrastructure (HBO)
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