6 KEVIN DES­MOND

Vancouver Magazine - - Taste -

CEO, TRANSLINK PRE­VI­OUSLY #12, 2017

It’s been a big

year for Translink: rid­er­ship is set to hit an all-time high, break­ing 2017’s record of 407 mil­lion board­ings, while Des­mond was able to get ap­proval for phase two of the au­thor­ity’s $7.3-bil­lion in­vest­ment plan in June. Two of the sig­na­ture projects to be funded by that 10-year plan—a new light-rail tran­sit line in Sur­rey and the Broad­way ex­ten­sion in Van­cou­ver— be­came hot po­lit­i­cal po­ta­toes in mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions, with may­oral can­di­dates in both cities promis­ing to speed up the plan or ditch light rail for more ex­pen­sive sub­ways. Des­mond was quick to as­sure would-be con­tenders there’d be no more money for ei­ther.

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