Chris Murray was named president of PrePass Safety Alliance on Jan. 1, 2023.

Chris Murray was named president of PrePass Safety Alliance on Jan. 1, 2023. 

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PrePass Safety Alliance announced that Chris Murray was named President of PrePass LLC, effective Jan. 1, 2023.

According to PrePass, Murray is a transportation technology executive with an extraordinary track record of success. Most recently, he served as president and CEO of Kapsch TrafficCom North America, where he led the company's transformation into a leading transportation technology and services company.

During his time with Kapsch, the organization expanded its offerings to include end-to-end connected mobility systems, software, and services to the broader Intelligent Transportation technology marketplaces such as electronic toll collection, urban and highway traffic management, commercial vehicle systems, and connected vehicle (V2X) solutions.

"Chris’ broad range of experience in connected truck technology will allow PrePass to enhance our best-in-class bypass and tolling services and aggressively expand into new markets and opportunities on day one," said Mark Doughty, president and CEO of PrePass Safety Alliance. "I am thrilled to announce this exceptional leader as the new President of PrePass. He is perfectly suited to lead the team and program into the future."

Murray joined Kapsch as part of the acquisition of Mark IV IVHS, a designer and manufacturer of RFID systems and components used to enable Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) systems, commercial vehicle operations, and traffic management systems, where he was President. Prior to Mark IV, Murray held several executive positions at CHEP, a more than $4 billion global logistics services company. Murray got his start in the transportation industry with Ryder Logistics and Bridgestone Corporation, including three years in Tokyo, Japan, in several operations, marketing, and strategy roles.

"I am proud to take on this role and eager to lead the talented, innovative, and dedicated team at PrePass," said Murray. "I look forward to guiding this great organization through its next chapter, fully realizing our place at the forefront of smart transportation systems that make trucks, enforcement, and infrastructure safer and more efficient."

PrePass Safety Alliance acquired the technology firm that Murray will lead in June 2022. Since its inception 30 years ago, the connected vehicle organization acted as the primary vendor for the Alliance and has been held by a succession of commercial giants, including Lockheed Martin, Xerox, and Conduent. In 2018, it was spun off as a stand-alone company named CVO, which has been rebranded as PrePass.

According to the company, in North America, qualified carriers rely on PrePass to bypass weigh stations in 41 states and provinces. PrePass serves more than 110,000 carriers and over 750,000 trucks. PrePass covers every major north-south and east-west freight corridor and other locations that commercial vehicle compliance agencies deem safety priorities. PrePass is the only bypass provider owned and operated in the United States and the only one to offer electronic toll management services.

PrePass has provided over one billion bypasses to safe and compliant commercial vehicles. Each bypass represents an instance in which inspection personnel can focus on trucks requiring more attention, making state roadways safer. At the same time, those bypasses saved qualified motor carriers over $8 billion in operational costs, more than 86 million service hours, and over 416 million gallons of fuel, reducing emissions by over 919,000 metric tons.

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