The Boston Chapter was formed in 1980 by a group of twenty women working in the transportation industry. Recognizing the need for women to communicate and establish networks in order to gain respect within the field, they established the Greater Boston Women's Transportation Group. Their goals included creating a presence, meeting with other women professionals, networking for jobs, holding workshops, giving mutual support, and exchanging information. The dues were set at $5 to cover the costs of mailings and other expenses. An eight-member steering committee, a treasurer, and two publicity chairs led the group.
After just a year, membership in the Greater Boston Women's Transportation Group (GBWTG) had grown to 138, reflecting a wide range of transportation professions. Presidents, associates, and partners of private companies as well as state and federal government managers and administrators formed the group's core. Systems and operations analysts, engineers, technicians, planners, public relations specialists, and students all added depth and various points of view to the organization.
By 1981, the Steering Committee had been impressed with the national organization Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS) and concluded that the goals of GBWTG and WTS were the same. In April of that year the Steering Committee unanimously recommended to the members that GBWTG join the national organization WTS. The early leaders were optimistic about its future. The 1981 Annual Report predicted that the group would continue to provide the stimulating and entertaining speakers and presentations for which we have become known.
Having just passed our 40th anniversary as a Chapter, WTS Boston continues to be represented by a diverse group of members over a wide range of disciplines. The Boston Chapter has continued to offer our members meaningful, relevant programming including luncheon seminars, professional development workshops, award celebrations, mentoring programs, and networking events throughout each year.