People

Marla L. Lien

Consultant

Denver Office
303.825.7000

Education and Clerkships

Law Clerk, Judge Kingsley, Denver District Court, Civil Division, 1982–1983
J.D., University of Colorado School of Law, 1982
B.A., University of Colorado, 1979
Lafayette College, 1975–1977

Bar Admissions

Colorado

Marla L. Lien

Marla Lien was the General Counsel for the Regional Transportation District (RTD from 2005 through 2016), having served as Associate General Counsel from 1990 through 2005 and then as General Counsel.  Marla's practice focuses on project development including rail and property acquisition.  Her experience encompasses the FasTracks Program including the University of Colorado A Line, U.S. 36 BRTD, and other commuter and light rail lines in Denver, as well as the Denver Union Station redevelopment, where she participated in the negotiation and drafting of funding, real estate acquisition and sales, site planning, and design build contracts with the U.S. DOT, the City and County of Denver, the Denver Union Station Project Authority, and the master developer.  She was also the lead negotiator for the Denver Union Station Historic Station building hotel project.  Marla’s responsibilities with these projects involved federal grant eligibility, project structure, and funding for the RTD Penta-P Project for the East and Gold Lines known as “EAGLE P3.”  EAGLE P3 is the first comprehensive public-private partnership to be undertaken by a U.S. transit agency.

Marla also has expertise with railroad negotiations, real estate development projects, elections, legislation, and project finance and funding.  She has worked closely with the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Transit Administration.

Representative Experience

Interstate 70 (I-70), Colorado
Assist in development of project agreement for construction, financing, operation, and maintenance of a portion of I-70 between several state enterprises and a private developer

City of Albuquerque, New Mexico
Assisted the City in a challenge brought under the National Environmental Policy Act against a bus rapid transit project to be funded by the Federal Transit Administration and implemented in downtown Albuquerque

Los Angeles Union Station, California
Assist LA Metro staff in strategies for and implementation of the Union Station Master Plan

Professional and Civic Activities

  • Steering Committee, North American Infrastructure Law Forum (2017)
  • Chair, APTA Legal Affairs Committee (2016–2017)
  • Adjunct Professor of Environmental Law, Front Range Community College (2001)

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Education and Clerkships

Law Clerk, Judge Kingsley, Denver District Court, Civil Division, 1982–1983
J.D., University of Colorado School of Law, 1982
B.A., University of Colorado, 1979
Lafayette College, 1975–1977

Bar Admissions

Colorado