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Arthur T. Leahy
CEO, Metropolitan Transit Authority

Cal State LA​

B.A. Political Science (1974)
  • Began his career as a bus driver in Los Angeles in 1971.
  • Oversaw transportation service through the 1984 Olympic Games, the 1992 riots and the 1994 Northridge earthquake while working in operations at Metro.
  • Became CEO of Metro Transit in Minneapolis-St. Paul in 1997.
  • Appointed CEO of the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) in 2001. In 2005, OCTA was named the best public transportation system in the nation by the American Public Transportation Association.
  • In 2010, Leahy returned to Los Angeles to become the CEO of the Metropolitan Transit Authority (Metro).
  • He was recently recognized by his peers in Metro Magazine, a trade publication, as being one of the country’s most influential leaders in the transit industry.

Notable CSU Alumni in public service

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