Philip Washington
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), Los Angeles, United States of America
Chief Executive Officer

Phillip A. Washington was unanimously selected as LA MTA’s Chief Executive Officer in March 2015 by the MTA’s Board of Directors.  Before that he was the Regional Transportation District, Denver’s General Manager from June 2009 to April 2015.  Phil is currently leading a transportation authority that serves 10.9 million people, 10,000 employees, with daily ridership of 1.4 million.  In Denver, Phil was leading one of the most dynamic transit agencies in North America, which was implementing the FasTracks program, one of the largest transit expansion programs in the country.  Phil is responsible for a 2015 total operating budget in the amount of $5.5 billion dollars.

Prior to Phil's transportation industry experience, he had a storied 24-year military career, retiring as a decorated Active-duty U.S. Army soldier, having attained the rank of Command Sergeant Major, (E-9). This position is not only the highest non-commissioned officer rank an enlisted person can achieve, but also requires uncompromising integrity and leadership skills.

He is originally from the south side of Chicago and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Columbia College and a Master of Arts degree in Management from Webster University.  

Presentation Abstract

The public transportation industry is in the midst of exciting change, as people are both supporting and riding at higher and higher levels.  This transformative change brings both opportunities and challenges.

Phil will be discussing the 2015-2019 APTA Strategic Plan which addresses the main challenges and opportunities facing APTA’s membership in the next 5 years.  Items that will be discussed include:

  • Safety & Security
  • Resource Advocacy
  • Workforce Development
  • Demographic Shifts
  • Technological innovation

These key goals have been identified following extensive discussion with a broad representation of APTA’s membership as well as its main external stakeholders.  Phil will discuss how APTA will address these drivers and support its membership and the industry in meeting the challenges and leveraging the opportunities ahead.

Congress & Exhibition: 

Parallel Session 15 - Keys to success in improving performance and efficiency

In many of our cities today, a major challenge for public transport is to increase capacity and quality and, in the context of spending constraints, to do so as efficiently (and as sustainably) as possible. Four fascinating stories from four very different networks will explore these issues and demonstrate the innovative ways in which they are being addressed. The extensive bus network of London has succeeded in expanding bus ridership by 60% since 2000 through growth in the network and raising quality of services, even in a time of reduced subsidies.