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Denver-area mass-transit boss stepping down

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

DENVER ” The head of the Denver-area bus and light rail system is stepping down after 14 years.

Regional Transportation District General Manager Cal Marsella said Tuesday he is resigning July 31 to take a job in the private sector.

During Marsella’s tenure, RTD opened three light-rail lines and won voter approval for a tax increase to finance a $4.7 billion rail and bus expansion called FasTracks.

FasTracks has encountered higher-than-expected costs for construction materials, and RTD now says it would take another $2.2 billion to finish all the projects by 2017 as planned.

RTD is considering asking voters this fall to double the FasTracks tax.

RTD also was a partner with the city of Denver, the state Department of Transportation and the Denver Regional Council of Governments in buying Denver Union Station.

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RTD serves all or parts of eight counties in the Denver area, with nearly 314,000 boardings on an average weekday. Its 2009 budget is $383 million.

Marsella is paid more than $300,000 a year.

RTD spokesman Scott Reed said Marsella’s new job would be director of development for MV Transportation Inc., which describes itself as a transportation contracting firm and a provider of paratransit services.

MV is based in Fairfield, Calif., but Marsella will be based in Denver.

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On the Net:

Regional Transportation District: http://www.rtd-denver.com/

MV Transportation: http://www.mvtransit.com/