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Rapid Transit Commission appoints new president

The new president of the York Region Rapid Transit Corporation (YRRTC) brings more than 25 years of senior leadership in transit and transportation to the post.

Paul Jankowski launched his career with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation and held senior positions with York Region, the City of Vaughan and most recently in the Edmonton, Alta. area.

Paul Jankowski

Jankowski has been appointed to the position effective May 13. “Given his wealth of experience as former Commissioner of Transportation Services at York Region and his many achievements in transit integration and implementation, we are pleased to appoint Mr. Jankowski as YRRTC’s new president,” says Markham Mayor and Chair of the YRRTC Board Frank Scarpitti.

“As York Region continues to grow, it is increasingly important to ensure we have the rapid transit infrastructure in place to support future housing and employment growth in York Region’s Urban Growth Centres.”

YRRTC is responsible for the planning, design and construction of the rapid transit network and related infrastructure in York Region and to deliver on the transit priorities set out in the Region’s Transportation Master Plan. YRRTC is a wholly-owned subsidiary and share capital corporation York Region.

“I’m very excited to return to York Region with a continued focus on leading rapid transit expansion and the integration of transportation solutions for our residents and businesses,” he says. “YRRTC has a proven track record of success in delivering rapid transit infrastructure and I look forward to our team working closely with the Board, York Regional Council, the province and our transportation partners to implement the next generation of projects needed to serve York’s diverse growing communities.”

Brian Shifman served as acting president at YRRTC for the past 16 months. Under his leadership, YRRTC further strengthened relationships with various stakeholders, including Metrolinx and the Ministry of Transportation, and advanced negotiations for the Yonge North Subway Extension, the YRRTC Board of Directors reports.

He also led YRRTC’s engagement in a Governance and Mandate review, which resulted in Regional Council support for YRRTC remaining as a separate corporation. He will remain acting president until he resumes the position of executive vice president.


Photo of Paul Jankowski courtesy of York Region Rapid Transit.

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