LTD names interim general manager

Aug. 5, 2021
Mark Johnson, LTD’s assistant general manager, has been named to the position effective as Sept. 8.

Mark Johnson has been appointed to be the interim general manager of Lane Transit District (LTD) effective Sept. 8, 2021. 

Johnson replaces Aurora (AJ) Jackson, LTD’s general manager, who announced in July that after nearly six years she was leaving LTD to work in the private sector. 

“LTD is an excellent organization comprised of hard-working people who are dedicated to their passengers and the taxpayers,” Johnson said. “I am pleased to accept the interim general manager position until a permanent replacement is hired.” 

A former bus operator, Johnson has served in various leadership and management capacities during a career spanning nearly 40 years. He has been at LTD for 23 years, where he has served as the assistant general manager, director of operations and customer service and director of transit operations.   

Prior to LTD, Johnson was the assistant manager of operations at Pierce Transit in Tacoma, Wash. He is a graduate of the University of Washington and Tacoma Community College. 

“The community is fortunate to have someone of Mark’s professional reputation and experience step into the general manager’s role during this time of transition,” said Caitlin Vargas, president, LTD Board of Directors. “Mark provides the leadership continuity needed for the good work LTD has underway. He is well suited to continue building relationships with the district’s partners to provide outstanding public transit service from McKenzie Bridge to Veneta and from Cottage Grove to Coburg.”  

Vargas added that the LTD’s Board of Directors will begin a national search to find the district’s next general manager in late 2021.