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Samuel Johnson Appointed Interim CEO of Transportation Corridor Agencies

For Immediate Release: April 14, 2020
Contact: Bill Cramer, Communications Director
202-210-2962 (mobile)


IBTTA President to lead TCA at critical time


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA), the worldwide association representing toll facility owners and operators and the businesses that serve them, applauds the recent decision by the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) two Boards of Directors to unanimously appoint Samuel Johnson to the position of Interim Chief Executive Officer.


“Samuel’s background and experience in managing all facets of transportation and infrastructure systems, including a transit planning and development agency, transit operator,  a multi-modal regional planning agency,  combined with his success at TCA, gives him all the necessary skills and building blocks to successfully lead TCA’s bright future,” said Pat Jones, Executive Director and CEO of IBTTA.

Since joining TCA in 2015 as Chief Toll Operations Officer, Johnson has had responsibility and oversight for the Agencies’ tolling systems, customer service, revenue management, violation processing, toll compliance, customer experience communications and information technology functions.


“I am honored by the Boards’ unanimous selection and look forward to leading the talented team of staff we have at TCA,” said Johnson. “Ensuring the health and safety of our customers, our staff and their families; and aligning our efforts with the Boards’ vision and goals are key priorities and I look forward to addressing the challenges ahead of us.”


Prior to joining TCA, Johnson spent 12 years with the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) 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. He championed the statewide effort to adopt sticker transponders and implemented strategic contracting approaches for systems and services that have enhanced customer service and improved the Agencies’ fiscal position, saving millions of dollars per year.


Chris Tomlinson, Executive Director, State Road and Tollway Authority in Atlanta, Georgia and Immediate Past President, IBTTA said, “I have worked closely with Samuel as a member of IBTTA, Board of Directors and Executive Committee. I have every confidence in Samuel to step in and lead TCA. His ability to understand complex and challenging issues, his public service, his leadership abilities and dynamic management style will make for a smooth transition.”


Mark Compton, CEO of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and First Vice President, IBTTA said, “There is no one better then Samuel to lead TCA during this unprecedented time for the tolling industry and the world. TCA will be in extremely capable hands as Samuel takes the reins. His background in operations, technology and passion to drive change will prove valuable for the residents in Southern California.”


Johnson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business management with an emphasis in accounting from San Diego State University.


Johnson’s appointment follows the announced retirement of long-time active IBTTA member Michael Kraman as CEO. IBTTA wishes Michael all the best in his retirement. Johnson will serve as Interim CEO until TCA’s Boards of Directors identify a permanent replacement.


For more information, please contact Bill Cramer at or 202-210-2962.


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The International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA) is the worldwide association for the owners and operators of toll facilities and the businesses that serve them. Founded in 1932, IBTTA has members in more than 20 countries on six continents. Through advocacy, thought leadership and education, members are implementing state-of-the-art, innovative user-based transportation financing solutions to address the critical infrastructure challenges of the 21st Century. For more information, please visit or join us on Twitter @IBTTA or #TollRoads.