Translink CEO: Light Rail Should be Included

In a recent interview with Black Press, Translink CEO Tom Pendergast spoke in support of light rail expansion into the Fraser Valley, particularly when contrasted with SkyTrain-type elevated rail.

"If you've got wide street right-of-ways in Surrey and Langley, you can take some two or three lanes, put in a dedicated guideway in the centre or off to one side that would be light rail, and it will work very effectively."

Transit Police Duck Meeting with Burnaby City Council

The Transit Police Authority has turned down an invitation to meet with Burnaby city council, according to CBC news and this Burnaby Now article.

Burnaby councillors asked for a meeting in August to find out how much time they spend actually policing transit. The Authority has declined, saying the answers council seeks can be found in documents outlining their mandate.

Developer Added to Translink Board

Translink has appointed a West Van real estate developer to its board of directors.

In a move to perhaps support the direction Translink wants to move in - using real estate development along transit corridors as a source of funds - Howard Nemtin has been appointed to the board for a three year term.

Translink and BC gov't spending plans don't match up

The BC Government's "Climate Action Plan" includes the stated goal of doubling transit ridership by 2020... but Translink's own financial planning is a bit more pessimistic. They need more money, and they think they know where they can get it: real estate development.

Translink among world's best public systems?

The fresh CEO of Translink believes they operate one of the world's best transportation systems.

At a DVBIA dinner on September 10th, Tom Prendergast made the claim during his first public speech since taking the position in July.

He believes Vancouver is in "the top five", ranking with other major cities like TO, Chicago, and London.

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