The Metrolink Board of Directors Friday named Stephanie Wiggins as the transit agency’s CEO.

Wiggins, who is currently the deputy CEO of Metro, replaces Art Leahy, who announced his retirement on Oct. 12 after 48 years in transportation.

Metrolink is a regional commuter system that operates in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties, as well as to Oceanside in San Diego County, via seven lines and 62 stations operating on 534 miles of rail network.

“As a mobility provider that reduces congestion and air pollution in the Southern California region, I look forward to having a laser focus on enhancing the customer experience for current and future riders,” Wiggins said.

Wiggins’ transit experience also includes serving as regional programs director for the Riverside County Transportation Commission, and as an administrative analyst for the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority.

Metro, RCTC and SBCTA are three of the five county transportation agencies that govern Metrolink.

“Stephanie has held high-level positions at three of the five member agencies that comprise Metrolink. She is well known as a leader who finds solutions from a regional perspective. Stephanie is the right person to lead Metrolink now and going forward,” Metrolink board Chair Andrew Kotyuk said. “Stephanie’s extensive experience in transportation and infrastructure development will be essential as Metrolink brings its service to more people in the coming years.”

Interim co-CEOS Don Del Rio and Ronnie Campbell will stay on as general counsel and chief financial officer, respectively, Metrolink said.

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