RTD General Manager is headed to Los Angeles

RTD General Manager Phil Washington will leave his post in Denver to become head of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the Denver Business Journal is reporting.

LAObserved quotes a memo out of LA Mayor Eric Garcetti's office saying Washington will be introduced to the press on Thursday.

"As you'll see from his bio, he is cleary very well prepared to tackle the transportation challenges facing our region, and we look forward to working closely with him and his team," the briefing email says. Current CEO Art Leahy is stepping down.

Washington was appointed general manager of RTD in 2009. During his tenure, he oversaw the multi-billion dollar FasTracks project, and secured a record five-year collective bargaining agreement with RTD employees in 2013.

The agency’s board of directors has not announced a date for Washington’s exit, nor have they announced his replacement. Before becoming general manager, Washington served as assistant manager for nearly 10 years.