ETCOG is pleased to announce that its Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Principal Elected Rural Transportation Planning Organization, Anderson County Judge Robert Johnston, has received the Distinguished Service Award from the Texas Transit Association (TTA).
“I am honored to receive this award from the TTA and am grateful for the recognition that comes with it,” Judge Johnston said. “The reason I decided to run for office is that I wanted to make a positive difference in the lives of the citizens I serve. In my opinion, this is what is most important. Thanks to TTA for giving me this award! I appreciate it.”
Justice Johnston received the award in Austin at one of the largest transit conferences held in the country, the 2022 Joint Annual Conference, Expo and Roadeo hosted by the TTA and the South West Transit Association (SWTA) .
TTA’s Distinguished Service Award is given to a state or local elected official who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of public transit in the State of Texas. Judge Johnston was selected for the award because of his outstanding work on behalf of transportation in East Texas.
“Judge Johnston is not just a county judge, but president of the East Texas Rural Transportation Planning Organization, member of the ETCOG Board of Directors, and chairman of the Council of Elected Officials of the ‘ETCOG, and president-elect of the Texas Association of Regional Councils Board, among others. He has worked diligently with ETCOG since 2011 and has supported many positive improvements for public transport during this time. His continued support of GoBus and transit-related projects in East Texas has contributed to the transportation capacity of thousands of citizens in need. Justice Johnston is a highly respected member of the region because of his humility and commitment to public service. We appreciate his dedication to the entire East Texas region and his commitment to providing excellence to our customers,” said David Cleveland, Executive Director of ETCOG.
More than 700 transit industry leaders, professionals and business partners gathered for the annual conference at the Austin Convention Center this week. TTA was organized in 1986 and its members are metropolitan, small urban, and rural Texas transit agencies and private and public entities from across the United States. TTA’s goal is to educate the people of Texas about issues affecting the transit industry within the state.