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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

RTD's general manager, Phillip Washington, moving on


By Kieran Nicholson and Monte Whaley, March 11, 2015

Phil Washington RTD

 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.

Phil 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 system.

"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.

Retired 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.

The 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.

Washington 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.