County, Maryland, including the provision of public transportation services. He is past President of the Transportation Association of Maryland and Maryland Delegate to the Community Transportation Association of America, and a member of the Maryland Association of Community Services. He earned his master’s degree in human resource management from Wilmington College.
Clarence W.Marsella, Jr., is General Manager of the Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD). RTD serves more than 2 million people and operates a light rail system, 900 fixed-route buses, and 200 paratransit vehicles. RTD also has contracts with private operators for the services of more than 600 fixed-route and paratransit vehicles. Previously, Mr. Marsella was a co-owner of Gulf Coast Paratransit Services in Ft. Myers, Florida; Executive Director of the Florida Transit Operators Association; and Chief of Contracted Services for the Metro Dade Transit Agency. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in public administration from the University of Connecticut.
James J.McLary is President of Southeast Transit Management, Inc., in Alexandria, Virginia. He was previously President of Transportation Management Services, which provides paratransit systems and turnkey management for public transit agencies. Before that, he was Executive Vice President of National Transit Services, Inc. He has also been a transit consultant and served for 8 years as Transit Administrator for the City of Madison, Wisconsin. He is on the Board of Directors of the Taxicab, Limousine, and Paratransit Association. He earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Purdue University.
Charles L.Pettus, Sr., is International Vice President and General Executive Board Member of the Amalgamated Transit Union. From 1980 to 1999 he was President of the union’s Baltimore local, where he was chief negotiator for collective agreements. He joined the Baltimore Transit Company (which preceded the Maryland Mass Transit Administration) as a bus operator in 1969. Since 1990 he has chaired the City of Baltimore’s Wage Commission. He was a member of TCRP’s Panel on International Transit Studies. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Baltimore.
Patrisha Piras is a transportation consultant specializing in public transit planning and evaluation and an elected member of the Board of Directors of AC Transit in Oakland, California. She was previously Director of Paratransit Planning