Date: Apr 29, 2002
Press Release Number: 54-2002
Victoria Cross-Kelly Named Woman of the Year by National Organization
Victoria Cross Kelly – the Deputy Director of the Port Authority’s PATH system whose quick actions on September 11 helped save thousands of lives – was named 2002 Woman of the Year by the prestigious Women’s Transportation Seminar, a national organization dedicated to promoting women in transportation.
Ms. Kelly, a West Caldwell, N.J., resident, will be honored for her efforts to “enhance the transportation industry through a commitment to excellence and quality service.” She will receive the award during the organization’s annual conference on May 16 in Minneapolis, Minn.
“I am honored to receive this outstanding award on behalf of all of the women – and men – who work alongside me at PATH, and those women whose leadership help public transit systems around the country provide efficient, on-time service every day,” Ms. Kelly said. “It has been a trying time for all of us at PATH, but the events of September 11 have also shown the true spirit and determination of all of our employees.”
PATH Director/General Manager Michael P. DePallo said, “Vicky excels in every aspect of transit executive management, from day-to-day operations to long-range strategic planning. Not only did she use her keen instincts on September 11 to help save countless lives, but she also uses her knowledge of the system every day to make sure our 200,000 daily riders are provided with quality service when they ride our trains.”
On September 11, Ms. Kelly was at a breakfast meeting in One World Trade Center when the first plane hit the tower. Immediately realizing that something serious had occurred, she called the PATH control center and had all service rerouted away from the World Trade Center.
Ms. Kelly began her Port Authority career in 1976. As Deputy Director of PATH, she is responsible for guiding the system’s planning, operation and maintenance. She also oversees the rapid transit system’s long-range business plan and the capital and operating budget. Prior to her current position, Ms. Kelly was acting Deputy Director of the Port Authority’s Port Commerce Department.
Founded in 1977, the Women’s Transportation Seminar was created through the efforts of 40 women involved in transportation in the Washington, D.C., area who recognized that a mechanism was needed to enhance professional and personal advancement, and to develop industry and government recognition for the role women play in transportation.
The organization now has more than 3,500 members in 35 chapters across the country.