Kathleen Lavine | Denver Business Journal
Phil Washington, general manager, Regional Transportation District

RTD General Manager Phil Washington, who has guided Denver’s mass transit agency since 2009 and shepherded its sprawling FasTracks rail project, is leaving, the Denver Business Journal has confirmed.According to a report early Wednesday by news website LA Observed, Washington will be introduced Thursday by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti as the new head of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the regional transit agency known as Metro.Washington tendered his letter of resignation to the Regional Transportation District on Wednesday morning, RTD Board Chairman Charles Sisk told the DBJ. No date has been set for his exit, Sisk said.
Sisk said he notified RTD’s board via email of Washington’s decision Wednesday. The board will meet next week to discuss its next move, Sisk said.But the DBJ has not independently confirmed that L.A. is Washington’s destination. Washington’s resignation letter didn’t indicate his next steps, but said he had decided to resign “after much thought and consideration.”In his three-page letter to Sisk and the RTD board, Washington said he’d been “privileged” to lead RTD, which “has completed and launched an unprecedented number of successful rail and bus rapid transit (BRT) infrastructure projects and has become, in my opinion, the most innovative and progressive transit agency in the country.”Called for comment early Wednesday, RTD spokesman Scott Reid referred questions to Los Angeles officials. Washington could not be reached.Marc Littman, LA Metro’s top spokesman, told the DBJ Wednesday that the agency’s board of directors is scheduled for a closed, executive session at 9 a.m. Thursday to discuss CEO candidates for the agency.

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