Denver-area mass-transit boss stepping down |

Denver-area mass-transit boss stepping down

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.

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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