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.READ MORE: Food Truck Crashes In Vernon; One Dead
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.READ MORE: `Solidarity' Cited In New Deal For 40k Behind-the-Scenes Film & TV Workers
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.MORE NEWS: Child, 18 Months, Killed in North Hills Crash
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