By Kieran Nicholson and Monte Whaley, March 11, 2015
RTD General Manager
and CEO Phillip Washington, left, and RTD Board Chair Chuck Sisk, invite
people to board a train car at Denver's Union Station.
The executive who heads the Regional Transportation District is moving on.
Washington, general manager and CEO of RTD since 2009, resigned
Wednesday morning, said agency spokeswoman Pauletta Tonilas, to become
the CEO of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
"The greatest impact that one can have on any enterprise
is to continue to see the results of their involvement long after they
have left," Washington wrote in his letter of resignation to the RTD
board. "I will always be proud to speak to my years here at the RTD and
the success and experiences that we have shared."
Washington, who has worked at the RTD for 16 years, turned down requests for an interview Wednesday.
from the U.S. Army, as a Command Sergeant Major, Washington is
credited with bringing business and government leaders together with
RTD to discover alternative financial mechanisms during difficult times
in the recession.
Among projects under Washington's leadership is
the $2.2 billion Eagle P3 project, a public-private partnership
building the district's East Rail Line, the commuter rail line from
Denver International Airport to downtown Denver. The project also
includes the upcoming Gold Line, a commuter rail maintenance facility
and the Northwest Rail Line Westminster segment.
"He threw open
the doors in calls for innovation from the private sector to come up
with ideas on how help get projects done," Tonilas said.
Los Angeles Metro system covers 1,433 miles of bus service and 87 miles
of rail service, which has four light rail lines and two subways. It
served about 37 million boardings each month, according to its December
2014 ridership numbers.
In 2013, Washington was named American Public Transportation Association's outstanding public transportation manager of the year.
RTD's ridership continued to grow under Washington's tenure, which included the continuing roll out of FasTracks.
"He has made his mark in Denver in many ways," Tonilas said.
was the transit district's assistant general manager of administration
for nearly 10 years before becoming general manager.
His last day with RTD hasn't been determined, Tonilas said.