ACTR’s Jim Moulton wins national award for leadership
The Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) has honored Jim Moulton of Addison County Transit Resources (ACTR) and Stagecoach Transportation Services (Stagecoach) as the 2015 Community Transportation Manager of the Year. CTAA consists of member organizations that support creating mobility for all Americans regardless of where they live or work. Each year CTAA chooses from the best among thousands of Community Transportation Managers across the nation to receive this award. Moulton is the first Vermonter to be selected for this honor.
The Manager of the Year demonstrates exceptional leadership while providing transportation service that is integral to the community by creating vision for the system and gathering support both from within and outside the organization. “I am humbled by this honor,” said Moulton, “and grateful for ACTR and Stagecoach’s team of committed and caring staff, dedicated volunteers and invested board members.”
During Moulton’s tenure at Middlebury-based ACTR, ridership on the bus system has grown by more than 430% while the service budget has more than tripled. Last year ACTR provided 173,000 rides through its bus and dial-a-ride programs. “The ACTR Board of Directors is very proud that Jim has been chosen for this honor,” said Adam Lougee, Board Chair. “In his more than 12 years with us, Jim has taken a struggling transit organization with limited routes and facilities and transformed it into a vibrant organization. ACTR lives up to its motto, “transportation for everyone” each and every day, by providing safe, reliable and affordable transportation. Jim’s vision for the organization, communication skills, financial acumen, compassion and ability to implement systems make him an exemplary leader. We believe Jim deserves the recognition and accolades and recognize how fortunate we are to have Jim leading ACTR.”
The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) gave Moulton a vote of confidence when they requested his leadership support for Randolph-based Stagecoach, which had lost its founding executive in 2013. “Under Moulton’s leadership, Stagecoach has become stronger financially, operationally and administratively,” said
Paul Kendall, Stagecoach’s Board Chair. “In a short time period, Stagecoach has expanded services to the most vulnerable community members, achieved fiscal stability, strengthened community connections, revitalized its board of directors, and developed staff management and leadership. The Stagecoach Board is thankful for the experience and visionary leadership that Jim has brought to the organization.”
Moulton has also chaired the Vermont Public Transit Association for over a decade, working to promote the use of and investment in public transportation statewide. “Jim has done a great job of leading sustained growth at ACTR for over a decade,” said Chris Cole, VTrans Deputy Secretary. “The gains are clear in the ridership increases, diversity and quality of services offered, and the stunning facility project, recently completed under his direction. Over the past year, Jim has stepped up even further to also manage Stagecoach. This was all accomplished at the same time as continuing to serve as the longtime Chairperson of the Vermont Public Transit Association. VTrans thanks Jim for all of his hard work and congratulates him on the well-deserved CTAA recognition.”
Moulton has recently garnered other accolades for ACTR. In 2013 ACTR completed a successful Capital Campaign and opened a custom-built Community Transportation Center. The new infrastructure has improved ACTR’s capacity to deliver services, and its thoughtful design has created economic and environmental benefits. The Federal Transit Administration recognized the Center’s high-efficiency, low-impact “green design” with an Innovative Green Transit Award. In 2014 the Addison County Chamber of Commerce honored ACTR with a Community Achievement Award for significant and sustained contribution to the well-being of the area.
To learn more about the ways that ACTR and Stagecoach’s services have impacted the environmental, economic, and social health of Vermont, please visit www.actr-vt.org or www.stagecoach-rides.org.