Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT) honors Rector during international conference in Baltimore
Kelly Rector, The Energy Corridor District’s transportation coordinator, has been named the 2015 Emerging Leader in Transportation Demand Management by the Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT), an international trade group.
The award was given to Rector at the ACT International Conference in Baltimore on July 29, where attendees from the world over discussed how to improve air quality, sustainability, urban mobility and traffic congestion by encouraging commuting via bus, train, rideshare, bike, walking or telework.
“Since joining our team in 2013, Kelly has been promoting transportation mobility and connectivity throughout West Houston, working with local and regional partners,” says Clark Martinson, general manager for The District. “Kelly also walks the talk – or, in her case, bikes it. She often commutes to work using a combination of bicycling and METRO. We’re proud that Kelly has been honored by one of the leading advocate groups for transportation mobility.”
Recently, Rector helped The District open two new locations for its growing Enterprise CarShare program, partnering with Hicks Ventures and Transwestern to install shared vehicle sites at the Two WestLake Park and Eldridge Oaks office towers. To fund the CarShare program, Rector manages a federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) grant.
Making The Energy Corridor a safer place to walk and bike is also a priority for Rector. She is working on The District’s project to enhance bicycle and pedestrian safety and access at six major intersections along IH-10, while helping Martinson implement The Energy Corridor Bicycle Master Plan.
This year Rector has coordinated some 25 events designed to promote alternative transportation, including the 2015 Energy Corridor Bike to Work Day – one of the most successful events during its 11-year tenure. Her public outreach activities run the gamut from Bike to Work lunch and learn seminars to Transportation Demand Management events at companies and apartment communities.
She also works with METRO on bus routes serving Energy Corridor commuters. On August 16 METRO will add weekend service and all rides will be free through August 22.
Extending her advocacy work outside The District, Rector met with elected officials this year as part of ACT’s national legislative summit. Rector also serves as a board member for the Citizen's Transportation Coalition, is a member of Young Professionals in Transportation and volunteers for Bike Houston.