MTD Recognizes Employee Excellence
The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District acknowledged employee excellence at its 35th Annual Awards Presentation held June 9, 2013 at CityView at Illinois Terminal in Champaign. MTD operators, maintenance and administrative personnel, retirees, Illinois Terminal employees, and long-term employees were recognized at the banquet and awards presentation attended by C-U MTD Board members, employees, and their guests.
Outstanding Performance and Safety Awards were presented to operators, maintenance employees, and Illinois Terminal staff. Operator Safety Awards were presented for having zero preventable accidents in the previous calendar year. Criteria also include excellence in customer service, performance, and attendance. Luis Fonseca was presented a 35-year Safety Award; and Paul Fortna, Charles Hassell, Paul Taylor, and Paul Yoos were presented 20-year Safety Awards. Multi-year outstanding operator awards were presented to Doug Meyers, Charles Hassell, Jerry Hitchcock, Scott Rhodes, Becky Adams, Tim Emery, Don Goodrich, Mark Harkrader, Debra Jean, and Larry Merrick. Multi-year outstanding maintenance awards were presented to Mike Humphrey, Eric Broga, Paul Chamberlain, and Aaron Finley. Operations Service Recognition awards for Outstanding service were presented to 64 employees. Outstanding MTD Maintenance Service and Illinois Terminal Recognition awards were presented to 17 employees, and one Special Services Operator was recognized for outstanding performance.
Dave Gilliland, Ted Fritchey, Linda Fritchey, Pam Wasson, and Dennis Willoughby were recognized for being with the MTD for 35 years; Jim Goudie and Trai Nguyen were recognized for 30 years of service; Paul Fortna, John Paris, and Brad Cronk were recognized for 25 years of service; and John Mangian and Carl Saldeen were recognized for 20 years of service.
CU-MTD is proud of the safety records and outstanding performance of the many employees honored at the banquet. These employees personify and exemplify the District’s commitment to safety and performance excellence.
MTD Flies with Big Broadband
The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District's (MTD) connection to the Urbana-Champaign Big Broadband fiber optic infrastructure is live! Urbana-Champaign Big Broadband, more familiarly known as UC2B, is a state-of-the-art fiber optic network communication system offering one of the fastest internet connections in the nation and lightning-fast information transmission.
MTD is one of the more than 150 Community Anchor Institutions working with UC2B to take advantage of this technology. Karl Gnadt, Director of Market Development, serves on the UC2B Policy Committee representing Small or Specialized Government Users. MTD installed two sets of equipment at nodes in Research Park and on the UI to fully utilize the infrastructure.
This Phase I of MTD's connection enables transmission and live viewing of security camera video feeds from Illinois Terminal in the Control Center at 1101 East University in Urbana. The 20 gigabit connection will also substantially improve existing internal communications between Illinois Terminal and MTD's Operations and Administration Center. Phases II and III of the project, expected to be active in the immediate future, will allow MTD to view live video feeds from STOPwatch information kiosks and to upgrade Internet service. MTD's Computer Aided Dispatch/Automatic Vehicle Location system generates enormous amounts of operational data and performance information. UC2B widens the possibilities for use of this data.
MTD's connection to the UC2B network is an example of the District's commitment to innovation and excellence. Furthermore, as a community partner, support of UC2B helps benefit MTD's service area. There are already more than 1,000 residential customers whose UC2B connections offer enhanced internet access. The UC2B network will yield enormous future benefits as it enables access and opportunity and attracts development taking advantage of the network.
WHEREAS, although the Board of the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District has always provided opportunities for the public to address the Board, Public Act 96-1473 requires that this Board adopt a written rule pertaining to such right; and
WHEREAS, after due deliberation and considering the experiences of our long standing practice of allowing the public to address the Board, pursuant to Public Act 96-1473, the Board hereby establishes the following rule to govern the matter of the public addressing the Board: