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Memo to Larry Salci

To: Larry Salci, President and CEO of Metro
From: Brian Marston, Transit Consultant Consultant
Re: Do you believe in your product?

Why don't you ditch your turbo Audi A6 and $400-a-month vehicle allowance (as if you need it when you have a $225,000 salary) and take the bus? You can pass the cost savings on to me.

[See the cover story of this week's RFT for the background.]

Posted under People by Brian Marston on Tue., Aug 9, 2005 at 12:52 AM


In all fairness, have you ever driven an Audi? It's pretty a pretty sweet ride and the experience can turn anyone towards the dark side. It sure makes my Corolla weep in jealousy.

[Posted by cyr on Tue., Aug 9, 2005 at 3:21 PM]

Yeah, my Audi A4 turbo is sweet! Shifting through the 5-speed manual is so much fun. Wish I had a $400 allowance each month for a vehicle - I'd get a new bike every other month until I had an awesome collection.

[Posted by Steve Patterson on Tue., Aug 9, 2005 at 8:21 PM]

It's especially tragic that Larry gets a vehicle allowance when all Metro employees can also ride MetroBus and MetroLink for free. But I guess Larry realizes that his reduced service system doesn't exactly get him where he needs to go with real efficiency.

[Posted by Brian on Wed., Aug 10, 2005 at 3:00 PM]

And here I was excited that I'm about to start a job where the employer is giving me monthly Metro passes. It's back to the bargaining table now!

[Posted by Michael Allen on Thu., Aug 11, 2005 at 1:03 PM]

I see that none of you are actually in the working world where it is common to have a company car or vehicle allowance. Whether or not someone works for the transit authority shouldn't dictate that. You soon forget that they offered a vehicle allowance and he took it and there is no shame in that. No one is ever happy with their cities transit service no matter where you live. I suggest moving somewhere where there isn;t any transit and you have to sit in traffic. I guarantee your transit system would look very good.

[Posted by Chicago Transit rider on Mon., Nov 12, 2007 at 4:18 PM]

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