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Transportation Corridor Agencies CEO Samuel Johnson appointed to Western Region Toll Operators

Johnson will represent 24 tolling agencies in 11 states to work on national interoperability

Irvine, Calif. - July 13, 2022

Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) CEO Samuel Johnson has been elected as Chair of the Western Regional Toll Operators (WRTO). WRTO is a collaborative organization composed of toll facility owners/ operators and states in the Western Region with an interest in tolling.

The membership of WTOC includes 24 toll agencies, 35 facilities and 11 states in the western part of the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska. Johnson will represent the WRTO in working with the other three regions of the country on national interoperability.

Achieving national interoperability is a federal mandate to improve customer convenience by allowing a driver to use a single account to pay for tolls anywhere in the country. Work to accomplish this has been extensive including efforts by hundreds of public agencies, consultants and vendors to develop technical specifications and business rules, keeping a keen eye on the future of transportation to ensure alignment.

Johnson is considered an industry thought-leader and strong collaborator, having served in various high-profile roles at the state and international levels. Johnson previously served as Chair of the California Toll Operators Committee (CTOC) and on the Boards of Directors for, both, the Alliance for Tolling Interoperability (ATI) and the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA), the worldwide association representing over 250 toll facility owners/operators and businesses that serve them. Johnson also served on the IBTTA Executive Committee from 2017 to 2021 and was president of the worldwide association in 2020.

“I am grateful and honored that my fellow members of WRTO have entrusted me with the responsibility of representing their interests at the national level,” Johnson said. “I look forward to using my experience and focus on what is in front of us to help address the many challenges and opportunities facing the transportation industry, learning from others, applying good solutions and sharing best practices that we have developed here in California.”

An accomplished tolling executive with nearly 30 years of public agency experience, Johnson originally joined TCA in 2015 as Chief Toll Operations Officer.

His strong history as a trusted leader in transportation and mobility led to Johnson being named TCA’s CEO in April 2020. He oversees the Agencies and operation of the state’s largest network of toll roads, responsible for an annual average budget of nearly $400 million and investment portfolios in excess of $1.6 billion.

Johnson has been actively engaged in the planning for national interoperability for nearly a decade. He served as Chair of Governance Committee that developed the plan for the four-region model and the initial business rules that define how transactions, customers and payments would be managed with a keen focus around protecting personal information.

“Achieving national interoperability is not a small feat,” said Johnson. “This is much more than a technical exercise in selecting technology. Toll operators in California and around the world have made huge advancements in simplifying the experience for customers but managing the processing of tens of millions of transactions every day requires a lot of work and collaboration to be successful.”

Prior to joining TCA, Johnson spent 12 years with the San Diego Association of Governments overseeing countywide efforts to implement innovative transportation solutions and serving as part of the executive team responsible for the region’s tolling enterprise, including the State Route 125 toll road and the I-15 Express Lanes, the nation’s first dynamically priced toll facility.

Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree in business management with an emphasis in accounting from San Diego State University.

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The Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) are two joint powers authorities formed by the California Legislature in 1986 to plan, finance, construct and operate Orange County’s public toll road system comprised of the 73, 133, 241 and 261 Toll Roads.