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Stephanie Wiggins, currently chief executive officer of Metrolink, has been named the next CEO of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (L.A. Metro), L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti announced yesterday.
Wiggins will be the first woman, and first Black woman, to serve in the position. She will succeed Phil Washington, who earlier this year announced that he will retire as CEO in May.
"Stephanie's career makes her ideally suited to lead this agency at this moment. She's experienced, determined, committed to equity, and steeped in L.A.'s transportation history," Garcetti said in a statement posted on the transit agency's blog. "She is the perfect candidate to carry Metro into its next chapter."
As L.A. Metro's CEO, Wiggins will manage a budget of nearly $7 billion, oversee up to $20 billion in capital construction, and oversee an agency with 11,000 employees that typically logs more than a half-million boardings daily on six rail lines and a fleet of 2,200 buses.
Wiggins began her tenure as Metrolink CEO in December 2018. Prior to taking that role, she served as L.A. Metro's deputy CEO. She said she's honored to return to L.A. Metro as its leader.
"L.A. County has great mobility needs that we must develop with goals of achieving better health, opportunity and equity for all of the region's residents, and I look forward to bringing transformative leadership and collaboration with the region's transportation authorities to make this vision a reality," Wiggins said.
Over the years, she has received a wide range of awards, including the League of Railway Women's Woman of the Year Award in 2020.