LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles has a new transportation leader.

On Thursday, the board of the L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority appointed Phillip Washington as CEO of the agency known as LA Metro.

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Washington will oversee a $5.5 billion annual budget and a construction boom. Five new rail lines are being built, and Metro is involved in major freeway widening projects.

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, who chairs the Metro board, said in a statement that Washington offered a track record of ensuring construction projects were done efficiently and attracting federal funding.

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Washington comes to L.A. from Denver, where he has been CEO of the Regional Transportation District.

He is a 24-year veteran of the Army with a master’s degree in management from Webster University.

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