It has been reported that Mayor Eric Garcetti and the LACMTA Board will announce the hiring of Phillip A. Washington to replace Arthur Leahy as the CEO of LA Metro. Phil Washington is currently the General Manager of RTD in Denver Colorado. You can read more about Mr. Washington by following the link below.
It has been rumored that Mr. Washington was selected and settled on well before Art Leahy announced his decision to step down, putting into doubt the story that the decision was solely that of Leahy.
The MTA Board's dissatisfaction with Leahy was widely known. The Board was displeased with some executive hiring decisions made by Leahy. The MTA Board would also often clash with Leahy and Staff in open LACMTA Board meeting sessions over who was to blame for the impending operations budget short fall at the MTA.
A news conference has been tentatively planned for Thursday morning to announce the hiring of Mr. Washington.