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SEP-OCT 2014

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Come visit us at booth 5664 at the APTA EXPO 48 < m ETRO m AGAZINE SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2014 portation for the residents, businesses and tourists of Or- ange County, he has done so with an emphasis on keeping OCTA a fnancially sound agency that safeguards taxpayer dollars. Johnson implemented a pension-reform plan that will save Orange County taxpayers $85 million during the next 20 years. A new contract for ACCESS paratransit service was executed resulting in a $46 million savings. A refnanc- ing of the 91 Express Lanes debt resulted in a savings of more than $26 million over the next two decades and the lease for OCTA Headquarters was renegotiated to save $40 million during the next 30 years. Johnson is also responsible for developing and imple- menting short-range and long-range goals and business plans to support the successful implementation of the agen- cy's strategic vision. He represents OCTA on local, state and national issues related to transportation programs and pol- icies, and in 2012, was elected to serve on APTA's board of directors. JOYCE ROSE President/CEO Operation Lifesaver Previous to being named president/CEO of Operation Lifesaver Inc., Rose was a veteran Congressional stafer with over 20 years of ex- er drivers — could take to reduce the risk posed by distract- ed driving. DARRELL JOHNSON CEO Orange County Transportation Authority Although he has only been CEO at OCTA since early 2013, Johnson has been instrumental in the agency's successes for several years, serving as deputy CEO to Will Kempton. In addition to capital project delivery through Measure M Orange County's voter-approved half-cent sales tax for trans- portation improvements, Johnson has placed an emphasis on enhancing the efciency and safe- ty of OCTA bus and Metrolink commuter-rail operations, which serves more than one million passengers each week. One of Johnson's frst actions as CEO was to request a Safety Peer Review from APTA, and last year, he helped launch OCTA's frst limited- stop bus service, with ridership surpassing initial projections. Ridership also continues to climb on bus and Metrolink ser- vice to special events in the county and region, including the Angels Express trains to baseball games and OC Fair Express bus service. As Johnson leads the efort to enhance all modes of trans- MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE

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