IRVINE, Calif. - March 15, 2019
Today, the Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency (F/ETCA) Chairwoman Christina Shea and San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor Agency (SJHTCA) Chair Fred Minagar released a joint statement on behalf of The Toll Roads of Orange County:
“Transparency and accountability for contracts entered into by The Toll Roads of Orange County have always been of the utmost importance to the Boards of Directors and our executive staff.
As a government agency, TCA has always operated in a fair and public manner, and the Agencies have historically limited their full-time employees and supplemented with independent contractors as an extension of staff.
An internal audit was completed in February and the report and results of that audit were forwarded to Directors. Staff has taken immediate and direct action to address the billing discrepancies and net under-billing identified in the audit.
I join with SJHTCA Chair, Fred Minagar, and both of our Boards of Directors, to assure the general public and nearly 1.5 million accountholders that we take seriously all inquiries into The Toll Roads’ processes and procedures.
Last month, we directed TCA’s Chief Executive Officer to establish an Ad Hoc Committee to review TCA’s contracts to ensure efficiency and accountability for all of our contractual obligations. The first meeting of this committee was held Thursday, March 14, 2019, immediately after the Joint Boards of Directors meeting.
Transparency and fiscal responsibility, including our fiduciary responsibility as board members, are very important to us and we will continue to work with our staff to provide the public with the greatest confidence in the integrity of 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 public toll road system. Fifty-one miles of the system are complete, including the 73, 133, 241 and 261 Toll Roads. TCA continues to meet the region’s growing need for congestion-free transportation alternatives.