Denver-area mass-transit boss stepping down
April 28, 2009
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.
On the Net:
Regional Transportation District: http://www.rtd-denver.com/
MV Transportation: http://www.mvtransit.com/