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In Memoriam

Marsella, Former Denver RTD CEO

Clarence W. (Cal) Marsella, 65, general manager/chief executive officer of Denver’s Regional Transportation District (RTD) from 1995 until he retired in 2009 who led the creation of RTD’s multi-billion-dollar FasTracks program, died March 19.

RTD General Manager Dave Genova said, “Cal leaves us with numerous legacies: the Denver Union Station redevelopment, FasTracks projects and other transit infrastructure that will benefit the entire Denver metro area. I believe his greatest legacy is people—Cal touched the hearts and minds of many.”

Phillip Washington, chief executive officer of Los Angeles Metro and former RTD general manager, said, “He was one of the most generous people I’ve ever known. There is no mistake that, even in his transition, he is directing that donations be made in his honor to the APTF. The industry will miss him tremendously and so will I.”

Marsella was named APTA’s Outstanding Public Transportation Manager in 2006 and RTD was named Outstanding Public Transportation Agency in North America in 2003 and 2008. He also oversaw contracted public transit services in Miami and the city of Hartford’s transportation program for older residents.

The family has requested that donations be made to APTF.

Flynn, Past SFMTA Board Chairman

H. Welton Flynn, 94, a former chairman of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) Board of Directors and member of the APTA Hall of Fame, died March 21.

“As the longest-serving member of any San Francisco board or commission, Chairman Flynn has made San Francisco a better place to live, work and visit,” said SFMTA Director of Transportation Ed Reiskin. “The results of his leadership have influenced several generations and his achievements will continue to be felt for years to come.”

Flynn was appointed to the city’s Public Transportation Commission by Mayor Willie L. Brown Jr. in 1996 and became the first chairman of the SFMTA board in 2000.

He became the first African-­American to be appointed to a San Francisco city commission in 1970 when he joined the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, which then oversaw the San Francisco Municipal Railway (Muni). He remained a commission member until 1991.

Flynn received APTA’s Outstanding Public Transportation Board Member award in 2002 and was named to the APTA Hall of Fame in 2006. In 1989, the city and county of San Francisco dedicated the H. Welton Flynn Motor Coach Division in his honor.
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