Chair, Chicago Transit Authority http://ctachair.blogspot.com
June 9, 2005
. . . We are painfully aware of the fact that this 54.3 million dollars, however much appreciated, is not the answer to our long-term problems. It is a band-aid to slow the bleeding but you cannot treat a gaping wound with a band-aid. [Refers to a one-time grant given by the Illinois legislature in June to bridge CTA funding problems.]
May 20, 2005
Why, after a long wait, do two or three buses often come along at the same time . . . This . . . is known in the transit business as "bus bunching" . . . CTA is doing a number of innovative things to manage it.
Two of the most promising are traffic signal priority . . . and a GPS-based Automatic Vehicle Location bus tracking system to let our control center monitor the spacing of buses in real-time.
Senior vice president and general manager of business-critical servers, Hewlett-Packard http://www.hp.com/blogs/marcello
June 20, 2005
It's Father's Day and I'm sitting on my screened porch. My backyard has a lot of trees . . . it's both secluded and peaceful. I'm thinking about how lucky I am to have my family around me today and also about what a gift it's been to be a father all of these years . . . .
In reality, it's one of those days when sweet and sad are somehow the same--all mixed up together into one blurry set of feelings and that's somehow OK. The sadness is about my dad who died when I was very young. Through the years, I've learned to accept that this holiday in particular . . . stirs up a lot of old memories for me . . . .
June 6, 2005
A friend of mine died last week. He was a good man--honest, sincere, constantly trying to do the right thing, an expert in his chosen field.
I knew him for over twenty years and worked closely with him during the last ten . . . . I found myself thinking back to what a truly helpful and generous man he was. And I found myself thinking that depression just took another one of the good guys. We will miss you Terry.