IRVINE, Calif. - January 25, 2021
Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) CEO Samuel Johnson was honored recently by the Women in Tolling Council with the presentation of its Humanitarian Ambassador award for 2020.
The Women in Tolling Council is part of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA), the worldwide association for the owners and operators of toll facilities and the businesses that serve them. IBTTA has members in 23 countries on six continents. Johnson is the organization’s Immediate Past President.
“In a year of unrest and unknowns, we are so grateful to you for helping to create and support the Women in Tolling Council and the Task Force on Diversity, Social and Racial Inclusion,” said Women in Tolling Chair Patty Rubstello in a letter presenting the honor. Rubstello serves as the Assistant Secretary of the Washington State Department of Transportation. The council lauded Johnson’s efforts to “build awareness that is tangible, actionable and meaningful.”
In 2020, Johnson worked with IBTTA leaders to create the Task Force on Diversity, Social and Racial Inclusion, whose mission is to listen to the voices of those in the association and society who truly understand and recognize the depth of the inequity caused by racial and social injustice. The task force works to implement practices and programs that contribute to racial and social justice.
“I’m humbled by the honor presented to me by the Women in Tolling Council,” said Johnson. “I’m extremely proud of the work IBTTA has done to champion the efforts and accomplishments of talented individuals, no matter their color, ethnicity or identity. We have made progress, but we still have much work to do. Together, we can reach our goal of increasing diversity, understanding and equity in our industry and beyond,” he said.
The Women in Tolling Council was formed to connect women in the industry, support diversity in leadership and promote professional development. The group includes some of the most prominent female transportation leaders in the country and achieves its mission by ensuring women are represented in panel presentations; giving back to women in communities where IBTTA hosts events; and encouraging STEM programs for students to lead them into transportation and tolling.
To learn more about the Women in Tolling Council and the Task Force on Diversity, Social and Racial Inclusion, visit ibtta.org. For information on how TCA works to enhance mobility in Orange County and across the region with projects such as the Oso Parkway Bridge and the 241/91 Express Connector, visit TheTollRoads.com.
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 comprised of the 73, 133, 241 and 261 Toll Roads.
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