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Former OCTA CEO reflecting and moving forward

| March 5, 2013
As I begin a new chapter in my career, I wanted to take this opportunity to reflect on my time as CEO of OCTA. With my time at the agency having come to a close, the questions I am asking myself are, ‘Did I make a positive contribution to the organization?’ and ‘Have I left it in better shape than when I arrived?’

New OCTA CEO assumes post

Bus| March 5, 2013
Darrell Johnson, a 20-year veteran of the transportation industry, is responsible for planning, financing and coordinating Orange County's freeway, street and rail development, as well as managing bus services, commuter-rail services and paratransit service.
Bus| November 26, 2012

OCTA names new CEO

Darrell Johnson will replace CEO Will Kempton, who announced his retirement effective Feb. 28, to become the executive director of Transportation California.
Bus| November 16, 2012

OCTA's Will Kempton to retire

Has accepted the position of executive director for Transportation California and plans to leave the agency in February 2013.
October 30, 2012

OCTA CEO: Local control key to rail service integration

In Southern California, three commuter rail operators have successfully offered service to passengers for decades along a single rail corridor. However, with three operators come three independent schedules and pricing structures. This can lead to confusion among customers. A new bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown will help integrate the services.
September 5, 2012

OCTA CEO: Educating the next generation of transportation leaders

The transportation industry faces the potential loss of significant institutional knowledge as baby boomers retire. For many of us, a greater emphasis has been placed on ensuring we prepare those who will take over to successfully lead our agencies into the future. A program started by the Orange County Chapter of the Women’s Transportation Seminar is an ideal example of this kind of effort.
July 27, 2012

OCTA CEO: New federal bill a win for America

Three years and 10 extensions later, America has a new federal transportation reauthorization bill. Perhaps the most important aspects of MAP-21 are the changes to existing law that break down some of the bureaucratic barriers to project delivery allowing for expedited project implementation.
June 1, 2012

OCTA CEO: Is your agency ready for the ‘big one’?

This month OCTA joined public agencies across California in the Golden Guardian exercise — an annual emergency training event that helps prepare cities, hospitals, first responders, schools, transportation agencies and others to respond in crisis situations. In the last year, OCTA has placed an increased focus on emergency preparedness and training.
April 27, 2012

OCTA CEO: Congress, stop kicking transportation bill down the road

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve an extension of highway and transit funding at existing levels through September 30. This is the 10th extension of the six-year transportation bill. We need a long-term bill.
March 30, 2012

OCTA CEO: New paratransit center aids customers, improves efficiency

In our ongoing effort to improve our paratransit service and provide it in the most cost-effective way possible, OCTA recently completed a state-of-the art indoor center to qualify disabled individuals for the service, called ACCESS, which provides one million rides annually.
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