Amidst a record 437.4 million boardings in 2018, up 7.1 per cent from 2017, find out first-hand from TransLink’s CEO Kevin Desmond about the future of the following transportation projects:
A direct extension of the existing Millennium Line along Broadway to Arbutus, and a potential future extension to UBC
Surrey Langley SkyTrain, and rapid transit along 104 Avenue and King George Boulevard
Three new RapidBus routes
Transport 2050: TransLink’s 30-year Regional Transportation Strategy
Mr. Desmond will provide an overview of recent achievements, progress on the major service expansion plans, and participate in a moderated Q & A.
Kevin Desmond - Chief Executive Officer, TransLink BIO
KEVIN DESMOND Kevin is an experienced executive with a career built in the public transportation industry. As Chief Executive Officer of TransLink, Metro Vancouver’s transportation authority that provides 1.4 million trips every day, he oversees planning, financing, and management of a region-wide multimodal transit network that includes bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus, HandyDART and West Coast Express, with over 7,800 employees.
Kevin has pioneered an array of operational, fleet, technology and market development initiatives over the years and has a long-standing commitment to progressive environmental policies and investments. These initiatives were recognized this year when TransLink was awarded the American Public Transit Association’s (APTA) Transit System of the Year Award for its 2016 to 2018 systemwide achievements.
Prior to joining TransLink, Kevin was General Manager of King County Metro Transit serving the Seattle metropolitan region. Before King County, Kevin was Vice-President of Operations and Development at Pierce Transit in Tacoma, Washington. And before relocating to the West Coast, Kevin held the position of Chief of Operations Planning for New York City Transit.
Kevin has a master’s degree in public administration from New York University. He is an executive committee member for the Canadian Urban Transit Association and board director for the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade.