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TransLink prepares for a change year: New board members, new managers, new approach

January 27th, 2016 · 8 Comments

I asked to interview TransLink’s new board chair, Don Rose, recently to get a sense of what course corrections the agency is making these days. A couple of days after I talked to him, former interim CEO Doug Allen’s confidential report on what’s right and wrong at TransLink got released through Freedom of Information.

That made for a lot of new material to ponder, as the agency tries to chart a new path this year. There will be change. It has four new board members — the two provincial appointees, plus two others, including former head Vancouver planner Larry Beasley. On the other hand, some things won’t change. In spite of what Allen suggested, the province won’t even consider a change in the overall way the agency is run (by an appointed board with a couple of mayor representatives).

My story here. Doug Allen’s report, sadly, is too large for me to post.

(A note: I wrote that Allen said the communications staff at TransLink discouraged the agency from speaking out during the plebiscite. Actually, it was the mayors’ council advisers.)


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