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TransLink’s CEO leaves to take the top transit job in New York City

TransLink’s CEO leaves to take the top transit job in New York City

Our CEO Tom Prendergast, speaking at the opening of the Central Valley Greenway in June 2009.
Our CEO Tom Prendergast, speaking at the opening of the Central Valley Greenway in June 2009.

Wow — a big announcement today. Tom Prendergast, our president and CEO, will be leaving TransLink to take the top position at the New York City Transit Authority.

We’ve got a press release that talks more about the move, and in it Tom expresses how hard it was to make this decision.

“Leaving TransLink is difficult because this is a great organization with great people and potential,” said Prendergast. “I came here because Vancouver’s transportation system is already the envy of many global transportation experts and there is so much potential to build-out the system to foster livability and the economic and environmental sustainability of the region. But at the end of the day, for me, being asked to run New York’s transit authority is like being asked to play in Yankee Stadium, you just don’t say no.”

And Dale Parker, the chair of TransLink’s board talked a bit about how this really shows how well Tom is respected. It was great to have Tom here!

“The fact that Tom is being recruited to serve as President of the New York City Transit Authority is a testament to the great skills and experience he brought to TransLink during his tenure,” said Parker. “We are sad to see him go, but wish him well as he returns to his roots in New York.”

Well, New York has North America’s largest bus and subway system, and it is basically the chance of a lifetime. So congrats and best of luck to Tom in his new position!

As for us, our chief financial officer Ian Jarvis will be our interim CEO, while we search anew for our next leader.

Edit: Also, Jeff Nagel already has an article on this up over at BCLocalNews.com. Oh, and here’s a New York Daily News article from the other side of this.