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Transportation Corridor Agencies Name New Chief Executive Officer


IRVINE, Calif. - May 17, 2013 - The Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) today announced that Neil Peterson has accepted an offer to become TCA's new chief executive officer.  His start date is June 3.  

"Neil Peterson is an executive and entrepreneur with extensive expertise in the transportation industry, with more than four decades of leadership experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors," said Lisa Bartlett, Chairwoman of the Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency.  "He was chosen from a nationwide search that began in Nov. 2012.  More than 50 candidates applied for the position and Neil's background and experience clearly made him the frontrunner to lead TCA through our major initiatives including converting to all electronic tolling and construction of the State Route 241 Tesoro Extension."

"I thoroughly believe that we have found the right candidate for the CEO position.  Peterson has the vision to take this agency to the next level and further the goals of TCA to improve regional mobility without tax dollars," said Rush Hill, Chairman of the San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor Agency.

Peterson joins TCA having served as a senior transportation strategy consultant with CH2M Hill and, prior to that, Booz, Allen & Hamilton.   He is the founder of the non-profit Edge Foundation, which provides coaches for adolescent students with executive functioning challenges, ADHD being the most severe.  Peterson was the founding CEO of the car-sharing company Flexcar, now named Zipcar and a subsidiary of Avis Budget Group Inc.  

Peterson has served as executive director of the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission and chief executive of public transportation systems in Seattle and Oakland.  In Washington State, he was the chief operating officer for state programs for the physically and mentally disabled, juvenilecorrections, welfare, social services, Medicaid, alcoholism, drug abuse, aging and other special programs.  He was formerly city administrator of New Brunswick, N.J. -- responsible for all city functions, including public safety, transportation and economic development.

A resident of Seattle, Peterson earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Williams College and a master's degree in public and international affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.  He is the author of Embracing the Edge - Stories of Tenacity and Personal Power.

Former CEO Tom Margro announced his retirement in August 2012.  Since then, TCA's Chief Communications Officer Lisa Telles has been acting CEO.   On June 3, Telles will resume her CCO role, leading TCA's communications and public affairs department.

Peterson's base annual salary will be $ 240,000.

About TCA
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 67-mile public toll road system. Fifty-one miles of the system are complete, including the 73, 133, 241 and 261 Toll Roads. Annual toll revenue is $220 million.  Elected officials from surrounding cities and county supervisorial districts are appointed to serve on each agency's board of directors. Public oversight ensures that the interests of local communities and drivers are served and that TCA continues to meet the region's growing need for congestion-free transportation alternatives.

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