Chief Executive Officer
Orange County Transportation Authority
Darrell Johnson is the Chief Executive Officer of the Orange County Transportation Authority, leading an agency of 1,400 employees responsible for delivering projects, programs and services that improve mobility for more than 3 million county residents.
Under the direction of OCTA’s 17-member Board of Directors, Mr. Johnson is responsible for a $1.16 billion annual budget and implementing the planning, financing and coordinating of Orange County’s freeway, street and rail development as well as managing countywide bus services, commuter-rail services, paratransit service and operation of the 91 Express Lanes.
Since becoming CEO in 2013, Mr. Johnson has focused on delivering projects through Measure M – Orange County’s voter-approved, half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements.
By 2020, more than $3 billion in OCTA projects will be under construction, including the $1.9 billion I- 405 Improvement Project and 405 Express Lanes, the largest ever undertaken by the agency.
In addition, Mr. Johnson has launched an effort to reshape transit in Orange County through a recent bus system overhaul, implementing a modern streetcar system, adding community-based shuttles, and exploring transportation network company partnerships.
Mr. Johnson represents OCTA on local, state and national issues related to transportation programs and policies.
Johnson lives in Rancho Santa Margarita with his wife and two daughters.